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Dot Africa marks continents own domain name

July 17, 2012 • Online & SocialComments (1)

A Capital FM report from Nairobi says Africa stands to get its own Internet domain name, dot Africa, in the next 18 months. This follows an intensive adjudication and evaluation process by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) involving over 500 applications from Registry Operators across the continent. According to the report...

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Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

July 17, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

Struggling search engine Yahoo announced that former Google employee Marissa Mayer has been appointed to the position of CEO. Her appointment marks the third CEO that the company has had in just over a year. “I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!,...

Facebook is monitoring your chats right now

July 13, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Facebook is monitoring your chats right now

According to a report, social networking site Facebook and other websites are monitoring users’ online chats and then scanning them for criminal activities or conversations. Once any suspicious behavior is detected, the company will notify the police and...

Twitter not filing for IPO anytime soon

July 13, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Twitter not filing for IPO anytime soon

In light of social network Facebook’s recent IPO filing, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that he is under no pressure to do the same with the micro-blogging site. “We are going to remain private as long as we want. I like being private for all sorts of...

Hackers gain access to Yahoo user IDs

July 12, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Hackers gain access to Yahoo user IDs

Search engine Yahoo has revealed that the hacker group D33DS gained access to its systems and compromised approximately 400 000 user IDs. Security firm Trustedsec confirmed that the hacking originated from Yahoo’s Voices, a user-generated section of the...

Portal adds value to education drive in Tanzania

July 10, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Portal adds value to education drive in Tanzania

Schools across Tanzania stand to benefit from a recently introduced information portal, Soma Tanzania, claim online reports. The portal was launched at the 36th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) by Managing Director Rutalemwa Peter. The...

Africa perfectly poised to gain from digital tuition

July 3, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Africa perfectly poised to gain from digital tuition

The library at Monash University South Africa, the local campus representing Australia’s Monash University, houses 417,000 electronic monographs or e-books available on platforms, the largest source of information of this kind in Africa. The library...

CNA South Africa launches e-commerce offering

June 26, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on CNA South Africa launches e-commerce offering

CNA SA has revamped its existing website (www.cna.co.za) where consumers can now purchase games, movies, music, books and more using their Edgars or Jet account card. David Gibbons, Edcon’s e-Commerce Executive who is spearheading the group’s online...

Naspers Internet head dies

June 25, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Naspers Internet head dies

Antonie Roux, the head of MIH and Naspers’ Internet operations, has died. A Media24 report said Roux passed away on Sunday in Germany following cancer surgery. His career at Naspers spanned twenty years. At the time of his passing, Roux had established...

Absa opens technology test branch

June 20, 2012 • Online & SocialComments (1)

South African bank Absa has unveiled a branch that helps clients step into the future. The new “Branch of Tomorrow, Today” is located at Clearwater Mall, just outside Johannesburg. In ensuring that the customer’s voice remains the driving force...

Twitter goes Gaga over possible concert announcement

June 15, 2012 • Online & SocialComments (2)

South African concert promoter Big Concerts revealed on micro-blogging site Twitter that they will be making a big announcement on Monday, but it seems as if some eager fans have beaten the company to the punch. After a series of tweets about the possible...

Top Ten Twitter responses to Steers debacle

June 14, 2012 • Online & SocialComments (2)

South African fast-food restaurant chain Steers yesterday offered customers a rib burger for only R10 as part of their Wacky Wednesday promotion. But customers were quick to take to micro-blogging site Twitter to vent their anger and frustration when the...

iROKOtv user base grows to 500 000

June 14, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on iROKOtv user base grows to 500 000

iROKOtv, the “Netflix of Africa” and the continent’s first legal online source of Nollywood films, is delighted to reveal that it has recorded over 500 000 registered users in less than six months since its launch. The news comes just months after the...

Twitter adds something special to Facebook integration

June 11, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Twitter adds something special to Facebook integration

Micro-blogging site Twitter has added hashtags, photos and user names as part of their Facebook integration. According to the company the functionality has been added to give users a richer experience. “We have fixed many issues with the Twitter for...

How to use social media as a business tool

June 8, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on How to use social media as a business tool

There is no denying the influence that social networks and social media have on business. These resources are considered strategic business development tools that can –and should, be used to inform markets about services and company news, as well as build...