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Craig Wilson
Facebook Home built on Google land

Getting to grips with mobile interfaces, and serving targeted advertising using them, is key if Facebook is to make nervous shareholders happy. Its latest effort, Facebook Home, is built on top of Google’s Android operating system, a move both fitting and cheeky given Google makes its money in the same way as Facebook

Opinion
Facebook ups ante with Google

By creating its own interface for Android phones, Facebook is taking the fight to its arch enemy, Google, ironically using search giant’s own cellphone operating system, Android, to do it.
Called Facebook Home, the software is a skin over Android that displays information such as a user’s Facebook feed, along with Facebook applications and messaging

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Sexwale story sign of Twitter times

Human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale’s confirmation of his divorce showed again that the advent of social media was blurring the line between the private and the public, media commentators said on Monday. Veteran media analyst Chris Moerdyk said the

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Telkom joins Twitter

Telkom now has a presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The company says it made the move to allow customers to engage with the company on channels they may find preferable to call centres or e-mail. A number of parody Telkom accounts exist on social networks

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LinkedIn signs up 2m SA users

LinkedIn, the online network for business professionals, says it signed up its two millionth South African user on Tuesday. The US company, which is listed on the Nasdaq in New York with a market capitalisation of US$12bn, says it has 187m members in more 200 countries. It says the three biggest

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Facebook to challenge BBM in SA

In a move sure to worry BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Facebook has removed the need to have an account when using its messaging application, Messenger, for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. The app, which resembles Apple’s iMessage, ties in with users’ Facebook inboxes, allowing

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How SA firms use social media

Although 95% of large SA companies have some sort of social media strategy aimed at consumers, only 51% consider their efforts on Facebook to be effective. The figure drops to just 33% for Twitter. These findings are contained in the latest SA Social Media Landscape study by World Wide Worx. The

Alistair Fairweather
Bubble? Ba-Zynga!

A year ago, the tech press was all aflutter about the possibility of a new bubble in the internet industry. The blogosphere hummed with dire predictions of “dot-bomb 2.0” and equally passionate rebuttals. It’s amazing how much can change in a year. The most

In-depth
Naspers rides Tencent to Internet fortune

When Naspers stumbled on a little-known Chinese Internet company in 2001, it could not have dreamed that a US$32m investment would account for more than 80% of the media conglomerate’s R200bn market cap now. Tencent Holdings is the largest Internet solutions provider in China and Naspers, which

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