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  • How the web looked the day Nelson Mandela died: 55+ top sites transformed

    The world is in mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela. The former South African president and renowned statesman passed away in his Johannesburg late on Thursday night, following a long battle with illness. It is a mark of the esteem in which the freedom fighter turned statesman was held that sites from across the world paused to mark his passing in some way. Across the globe, his death has dominated news headlines, with many sites building specialist pages in order to do coverage of his death full justice. A number of corporate and retail sites meanwhile have also...

  • 11 websites paying tribute to Nelson Mandela

    A number sites paying tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela have gone live following the death of the global statesman in his Johannesburg home, aged 95. Many of the sites were built by news organisations, and feature their reporters memories of Mandela, coverage around him over the years and tributes to the global icon. A number of public bodies and organisations associated with the man many referred to by his clan name "Madiba" have also put up their own tribute spaces. Memeburn has put together a list of some of the most comprehensive tributes on the web...

  • Social media and the evolution of the fourth estate

    With the spread of internet access, and of social media use,journalists have had to deal with two identity crises related to their role as the "fourth estate". The first identity crisis relates to their own positions of power as the other estates of power (which number far more than three) no longer rely on the media to communicate with citizens, diminishing the power of the media as middleman. Secondly, the 'people formerly known as the audience' have become an important source of power in their own right, able to form organisations and campaigning groups at the drop of a Facebook group, start...

  • News24 launches Samsung Smart TV app

    News24 and Samsung South Africa have combined to produce the first local Smart TV application. The News24 app can be accessed from any Samsung Smart TV and offers the hooked-in user news reports, the latest sports results, financial indicators, celebrity gossip and much more.The move mirrors the recent UK launch of the BBC News app on Samsung TVs. The app takes the form of a scrolling news ticker which displays the latest...

  • Facebook’s ‘Bug Bounty Programme': $40 000 spent so far

    Facebook has spent US$40 000 over the past three weeks rewarding the discovery of glitches in its security system. Earlier this month Facebook launched a programme called the Bug Bounty Program, which encourages security experts to help strengthen the social network against attacks. In a recent blog post Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, revealed some information about the early days of the Bug Bounty Programme. "The programme has already paid out more than US$40 000 in only three weeks and one person has already received more than US$7 000 for six different issues flagged. It has been a joy to engage...

  • Two British men jailed for inciting violence on Facebook

    Two British men in their early twenties have each been sentenced to four years imprisonment for inciting violence on Facebook. The sentences are among the first following a series of arrests in the wake of riots which recently spread across the UK. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, from Cheshire and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, from Warrington, both in northwest England, were imprisoned after setting up Facebook pages calling for unrest in their home towns. Blackshaw's page, "Smash Down Northwich Town", encouraged people to gather "behind maccies" -- believed to be the McDonald's restaurant in Northwich town centre. Sutcliffe-Keenan's creation, "Let's Have a Riot in Latchford",...

  • LinkedIn revenue doubles amidst uncertain global trading

    Jittery global markets and the worst round of US trading since 2008 could not stop the surge of professional network LinkedIn. According to the New York Times, in its first earnings report since shares in the company were opened to everyday investors, LinkedIn's revenue has more than doubled in the second quarter to US$121-million, from US$54.9-million a year earlier. "In the second quarter, we saw record levels of members, unique visitors and...

  • ‘IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers’ story revealed to be a hoax

    The BBC is reporting that a story which claimed that Internet Explorer users have a lower average IQ than users of other browsers is a hoax. A number of news organisations ran the story on the basis of a report posted what was on what was believed to be the Canadian website of a research firm called AptiQuant. It has since emerged, however, that AptiQuant's website had only recently been set up and that the images of its staff were copied from the site of French research company, Central Test. The BBC reports that Central Test had been made aware...

  • Twitter vs BBC over UK gagging-order lawsuit article

    If you thought that a lawsuit seeking to individually sue more than 30 000 people for sending out 140-character-long messages in one fell swoop was ridiculous and would be thrown out, think again. Seeing as the trial seems to be progressing, Twitter has now in its own way -- through tweets -- officially stated its position on the matter. Speaking at the niftily named "eG8" summit in Paris yesterday, Twitter's recently appointed GM of European Operations Tony Wang, seems to have raised some controversy. A BBC report stated: "Tony Wang said people who did 'bad things' needed to defend themselves." Under...

  • Mobile web content in East Africa [Report]

    Vodafone recently concluded a policy paper on “Broadband in Emerging Markets”, also titled “Making Broadband Accessible for All“. The position and reason for this paper is best summarised below. The success story of mobiles in the developing world is well known. Yet in the case of extending data services in emerging markets, there is a real danger of some serious policy mistakes. As in developed markets, broadband strategies in developing countries have tended to focus on investment in fibre. This is too simplistic. This focus on fibre may miss an opportunity for a transformational change built on the capabilities and in...

  • ‘Facebook is the most appalling spying machine ever invented,’ says Assange

    Despite desperately fighting off a Swedish extradiction order from the United Kingdom, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange has still managed to find time to sit down with the world's media. He however has chosen to ignore the traditional and expected choices of news-networks such as the BBC or CNN for lesser knowns such as India's NDTV. In his latest interview, with RT, a 24-hour Russian English-language satellite news channel, the Wikileaks co-founder yet again managed to make some rather interesting comments. The interview which RT billed as Assange hinting to his being in possession of even further damaging information yet...

  • RIM CEO abruptly stops BBC interview citing ‘national security issue’

    “Alright, so it’s over, interview’s over. Please, you can’t use that Rory, it’s just not fair... We’ve dealt with this, this is a national security issue, turn that off...” This was RIM’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis’s response to a question posed by BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, when he was pressed on issues the smartphone maker was facing in India and the Middle East last year. Following terrorist acts orchestrated via BlackBerry smartphones, governments pushed for greater access to RIM’s BlackBerry platform, which is widely recognised as one of the most secure mobile platforms in the world. Cellan-Jones questioned Lazaridis on...

  • Webby Awards nominees announced, from Angry Birds to the BBC

    With a plethora of award shows, Hollywood devotes an entire season to discovering who was the best of the best, but for the web, far more popular than old Hollywood, there's only one arbiter... The Webby Awards. The Webbys, 15 years old this year are famous for often being the first to identify up-and-coming stars along with their memorable and oft times hilarious five word acceptance speeches. Last night, Jake and Amir of...

  • Curation: A proxy for ‘social media’?

    Curation is a hot topic and it's a topic that is being enthusiastically adopted by many in social media -- so much so that curation and social media seem to be beginning to be used interchangeably. Take a look at this post on the BBC College of Journalism blog -- Social media: what's the difference between curation and journalism? The post takes a look at a discussion between journalists on the topic of using video from Libya: "On Friday, 'mainstream' media made a bad mistake when it ran images of fighting in the Libyan town of Zawiyah - Reuters picked up...

  • The BBC should be adapting rather than shutting sites down

    The BBC is a media organization that inspires tremendous amounts of jealousy within the media industry because of its huge budget collected from all UK TV viewers, and backed up by the law. This steady income means that the BBC has been insulated from many of the travails plaguing other media organizations as they struggle to transition to an online business model and smaller revenues. However, the UK government has said that the BBC...