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Alistair Fairweather
Anti-trust or anti-Google?

It’s become a rite of passage for the world’s biggest technology companies. As soon as you’ve fought your way to the top and become the darling of both stock markets and customers, regulators begin to cry “monopoly”. It happened to IBM in the 1960s

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Social media strengthen democracy, US says

The role and importance of social media in world politics are growing and will continue to do so, says Alec Ross, senior advisor on innovation and technology at the US department of state in the office of secretary of state Hilary Clinton. Ross was

In-depth
SA banks’ NFC trials ‘farcical’

Well-known entrepreneur and investor and former Google SA boss Stafford Masie believes near-field communication (NFC) technology will fail as a mainstream transactional platform and local banks’ attempts to implement systems based on it are “farcical” and offer “no value”. NFC is a set of standards that

Alistair Fairweather
Consumers the winners in 2011’s tech wars

It has been a lively year for technology, despite the bad state of the world’s economy. Technology is now so intrinsic to both business and personal life that it might appear recession-proof. But this high-level view masks the Darwinian ferocity of the battles raging between the tech titans. The year 2011 will be remembered as

Craig Wilson
How the (other) social network is faring

Google has been eager to succeed at social media, both because it appeals to its ethos and because it’s losing valuable consumer eyeballs to Facebook. Google+ is without doubt the search giant’s most successful social venture so far, but are people actually using it after they sign

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MWeb uses social media to pressure Telkom

Naspers-owned Internet service provider MWeb has launched a social media campaign in an attempt to pressure Telkom to stop forcing its broadband asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) customers to pay for telephone line rental if they don’t have a fixed-line

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ForgetMeNot Africa gets basic phones online

London-based company ForgetMeNot Africa wants to take services such as e-mail, instant messaging and social media to basic cellphones to increase African connectivity and digital engagement. Perhaps most appealing is that its offerings work on any phone that can

Craig Wilson
Michael Jordaan and his First National Brand

Banks are all scoundrels, right? So, how is it that one SA bank has managed to reinvent itself as not just a cool bank, but as a cool brand? And why have the other big banks fallen so far behind, at least in terms of customer perception? Surely it can’t just

Alistair Fairweather
How Groupon lost its edge

The only consistent thing about the Internet is its ability to surprise us by changing virtually over night. It’s a Darwinian market that crushes the weak and elevates the strong within months rather than years. That makes investing in online businesses a roller coaster ride

Gadgets & Reviews
iPad Facebook App: late but worth the wait

The official Facebook application for Apple’s iPad has supposedly been ready since as early as May of this year, yet it only showed up in the App Store on Monday. It’s arrival, albeit late, represents a combination of the world’s bestselling

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