Don’t let your #heartbleed over web security

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One word that’s been all over the web this past week is ‘Heartbleed.” Together with a highly-visible image, it has been the focus of much commentary and opinion, some of it contradictory, some of it confusing. Heartbleed is a major security vulnerability on the internet, one that I’ve seen described as “11 on a a […]

Twitter eight years on

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of Twitter, the communication platform that is globally ubiquitous today, the eleventh most-visited website in the world. From co-founder Jack Dorsey‘s first tweet on this day, March 21, in 2006, the number of active users of the service now exceed 240 million per month worldwide who tweet in more than […]

New research shows what drives consumers in the collaborative economy

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If you want to know about the collaborative economy and what it may mean for businesses large and small, the man to pay close attention to is Jeremiah Owyang. The collaborative economy – also variously referred to as the sharing economy, the maker movement, and co-innovation – is a concept that is gaining attention as […]

If you want my data, reward me

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At the moment, we provide our personal details free to data-gathering giants like Facebook and Google. That won’t always be the case, says guest writer Daniel de Bruin. Data security promises to be one of the main issues facing organisations in 2014. During the past year two main threats to data security have emerged. First, […]

Is a (search) picture worth a thousand words?

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I’ve been having some fun this morning with Jelly. Jelly is a new mobile search service announced yesterday that works via apps for Android and iOS. The company was co-founded by Biz Stone, one of the original founders of Twitter. So what is Jelly? In a nutshell, it’s an app you use to ask a […]

Is your Facebook profile enough to prove your ID?

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One thing synonymous with air travel is declaring your identity, usually in the form of a passport or citizen ID card, depending on the country and other factors. In some countries, you can manage just fine with a driving license (a de facto ID document in many places), residency permit for foreigners, or a multitude […]

Be cool with social media logos

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Here’s a quick just-before-New-Year quiz – which one of these is the correct Twitter logo? I see them all over the web, especially the text one and the ‘t’ image. None of them is correct. Today, there is only one official Twitter logo: Web designer and branding enthusiast Dustin Stout has a bee in his […]

It’s all love and hate with Facebook

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The thumbs-down symbol to register dislike of something on Facebook has long been a wish expressed by quite a few people. That wish has come to fruition, sort of – there now is a dislike button but only as an add-on to Facebook Messenger, the social network’s text-chat service. The fact that so many people […]

The social networking workplace conundrum

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A conversation yesterday with someone whose employer blocks access to Facebook and other sites on the social web highlights a real conundrum with such bans, as Scott Adams perceptively illustrates in yesterday’s Dilbert comic strip. Many employers cite time-wasting as a prime reason for such bans. Some worry about security risks and the threat of […]