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You heard it here first: Why Facebook is not a bubble

People who play — and work — in the online space are so scared that they might be caught addicted to a has-been technology that there is a race to proclaim “The next bubble!” or “The next Facebook!” or, if they really want page views, “Why Google is near its end!” Yawn. Can we enjoy…

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iPhone so sweet. Revolutionary indeed

On Saturday night I got to play with Apple’s iPhone. Honest opinion? It’s the best damn gadget to hit Mother Earth since the cellphone itself. Where do I begin?! I first started following the iPhone in the media when it was just speculation about a year ago. Gizmodo has a separate section for it and…

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Web 2.0 has voted: Zuma for president

An analysis of the names on the lips of the chattering elite who inhabit Web 2.0, or at least the world of blogs, Facebook and user-generated content, shows that it is really a one-horse race: Jacob Zuma versus not Jacob Zuma. Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa barely feature in the succession debate in blog content….

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eBay: How big can you go?

eBay is a notoriously dominant property in the online auction/marketplaces space, where the market value of an item is uncertain. The most significant element of this dominance is attributed to network effects in its marketplace business. In eBay’s business, the money side of the platform is the marketplace sellers and the subsidy side is the…

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Google’s cash machine: How sustainable is it really?

Barriers to entry have typically been used by traditional offline players to deter entry into an industry. This has the effect of creating a business environment where healthy profits and sometimes even monopolistic (economic) profits are possible. In the online space, there are few of these barriers to entry, but there is something else that…

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Beware the business blog: Seven ground rules

These guidelines for business blogs were written in early 2006, but still apply: 1. Blogs are forever — or at least their content can be captured and stored elsewhere, even after you change or update it, so don’t write anything you may wish you’d never said. South Africa has already had a few blog lawsuits…

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Innovation to the top — climbing Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair

Bern Goosen is a South African quadriplegic, and tomorrow he will begin his third attempt to mount Kilimanjaro. In a wheelchair. He won’t be pushed. He won’t be carried. He will use his brute strength to get there, and you can watch it all on your computer. Thanks to the collaboration of local technology companies,…

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Blogging Player of the Week: One more, with feeling

You may not have heard of this week’s choice for blogging Player of the Week, but you have probably come across her writing, reporting and commentary — probably in isolation of the bigger picture of the amazing work she does in her blogs. Damaria Senne makes her living from covering technology issues for ITWeb, but…

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Radiohead’s brave new world

On Monday Radiohead sent shockwaves through the music industry and paroxysms of fear through the major record labels when they announced that their new album In Rainbows would go on sale on the 10th October as a direct digital rights management (DRM) free download from their website. The price: whatever you feel like paying for…

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SA’s top 51 blogs

These are the blogs that make it into the top 100 000 ranking on Technorati. They are competing with about 70-million other blogs, so being popular or widely read only in South Africa is not likely to get them this ranking. In other words, these are more than likely blogs that have a worldwide readership. If…

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