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All Blacks and France plan Facebook revenge

France and New Zealand may be out of the Rugby World Cup, but they have come up with a desperate new attempt to prove they remain a force on the international stage. In just three weeks, France has doubled the size of its regional network on Facebook, from 141 000 to 284 000. The New Zealand network…

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Is technology manipulating consumer behaviour?

The advent of armchair shopping has turned the consumer space completely on its head. Traditionally the capacity to store and move goods hampered the rate of consumption, which ultimately gave birth to larger brick and mortar stores and faster courier services in an attempt to present and sell the ever-growing selection of goods to the…

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The Remora business model, or how widgets make money

If you have a blog or a Facebook account, I’ll bet you have plenty of widgets or applications on your pages. Ever thought of how the developers make money off these little tools? Photobucket sold to MySpace for $250-million, and myBlogLog was recently acquired for $10-million. The TripAdvisor supposedly paid $3-million for the “Where I’ve…

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Blogging Player of the Week: What a schmuck!

The first blogger I knew didn’t call himself a blogger, because the word hadn’t yet been invented. Once, in the dawn of internet time, Roy Blumenthal was at the helm of “a hare-brained art prank” called Dirty Laundry, in which he created a web page asking people to send their dirty laundry to him for…

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The geek as activist

The Geek Freedom League actually exists. Its existence was proclaimed enthusiatically by a usually mild-mannered and friendly chap, who happens to be a family member. But when he comes to open source, he becomes a militant. And like all militants, militancy requires wearing the right gear and having the right slogans. His gear of choice…

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Are you prepared for the internet of tomorrow?

Where once web users and technology each formed an independent part of the internet, something happened in recent years where the distinction between man and technology slowly disappeared, where each “realised” that the one could not successful evolve on this thing called the world wide web without the other. Enter the web of today, a…

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What’s the frequency, Zuckerberg?

On Friday I read a rumour that Facebook would be launching a possible iTunes competitor. Since then the rumour has evolved and claims a more realistic scenario that Facebook will simply be implementing musician-friendly profiles — a feature that will compete directly with MySpace’s Artist platform (responsible for a huge part of their growth). Rafat…

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More Google tips and tricks

After my last post, I received many emails requesting more information on how to use Google optimally. Well, I must admit that I spend way too much time researching the abilities of Google and all the cool Google products, but I guess if I can share it with all of you, it is making the…

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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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