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Facebook Privacy Breach Exposes 6 Million Users

Published by on Jun 28th, 2013, 1 Comment

Facebook hack exposes contact Information of 6 Million Users

Facebook has disclosed some important information that could cause a massive uproar from the site’s 1.1 billion users.

In a unfortunate turn of events, Facebook has unintentionally exposed the phone numbers and email addresses of over 6 million users to unauthorized viewers.

Being the largest social networking site in the world, Facebook was effectively left with a great deal of egg on their face.

These data leaks began in 2012 and the company is blaming the breach on a technical glitch in it’s mammoth archive of contact information.

The glitch caused Facebook users to inadvertently download other people’s contact information when they were merely downloading the contact information of the people on their friends list.

Although the data breach has been going on since 2012, Facebook’s security team was only alerted about the glitch last week. Needless to say, the team immediately jumped to work, and the glitch was no more within 24 hours.


FNB Online ranked top for Internet Banking once again

Published by on Jun 28th, 2013, No Comments

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FNB’s online banking platform has been ranked number one in the 13th edition of the PwC survey on banking in South Africa 2013.

This follows on the previous PwC survey in 2011, where FNB was also awarded first place.

“The banking industry is dynamic and has evolved significantly since our last survey in 2011 as banking chief executives have adapted their strategies in response to regulatory changes and global economic pressures,” says Johannes Grosskop, Banking and Capital Markets Leader at PwC South Africa.


Twitter acquires Spindle to improve local recommendations

Published by on Jun 28th, 2013, No Comments


A couple of month ago we saw reports that Twitter wanted to experiment with different ways to introduce tweets in your local area to your timeline. Reportedly it would surface nearby tweets, wither in your Discovery tab or main timeline to make Twitter feel more personalized and show relative content.

None of those features have come to the fore yet, but now we learn that Twitter made the step into local discovery by acquiring Spindle. This app for iPhone alerts you of nearby events and deals based on your current location. Since being sold to Twitter, Spindle has been removed from the App Store.

Spindle informed their followers in a blog post and said: (more…)

Inside (and outside) Horizon Media’s office expansion

Published by on Jun 27th, 2013, No Comments

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The largest independent media services company in the U.S., Horizon Media has recently expanded its New York office to include a large terrace area for its staff.

The terrace, that provides additional space for staff to work, relax and collaborate, was designed by a+i architecture, the firm behind the creation of the rest of the company’s space which you can see here. 

Like the other areas, the terrace is open plan, contemporary and unique with plenty of natural light and character. Even at night, it’ s an ideal place to take a breather and enjoy night-time views of the city.


Is fingerprint technology coming to next-gen Apple devices?

Published by on Jun 27th, 2013, No Comments

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According to a patent obtained by Apple and released on Thursday, the company could be heading towards incorporating fingerprint technology into its next generation devices.

The latest scanner design by Apple could be built into the bezel of any Apple product and would read the phone owner’s fingerprint when swiping to unlock. This would provide extra security and ensure that no one else has access to your precious iPhone and all the personal information it may contain. Not to mention, preventing the unauthorised use of data and airtime.

This isn’t entirely surprising news as rumours have been buzzing since last year when Apple bought AuthenTec for $356 million, a company that develops new fingerprint technologies.


One Africa Media receives $20 million investment

Published by on Jun 27th, 2013, 1 Comment


One Africa Media, the largest online classifieds group in Africa has received the attention of Australia’s largest recruitment portal, Seek.

With headquarters based in Melbourne, Seek has announced the investment of US$20 million into One Africa Media as part of its growing international presence that already includes China, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Launched in 2012 when Kenya-based Carey Eaton of Cheki Africa Media and South Africa-based Justin Clarke of Private Property Holdings merged their classified businesses, One Africa Media owns or operates a number of leading online portals including recruitment sites Jobberman (Nigeria) and Brighter Monday (Kenya), auto classifieds site Cheki (Kenya, Nigeria), Private Property (Nigeria, South Africa) and Safari Now (South Africa).


Teenage Girls Convicted for Insults on Instagram

Published by on Jun 27th, 2013, No Comments

Cyber-bullying has been in the spotlight for quite some time now, and the movement to make people – and especially teenagers – aware of the negative and harmful effects of the 21st century bullying is spreading like wild fire.

In Sweden, two teenage girls aged 15 and 16, have felt the consequences of cyber-bullying after they were found guilty of defamation on Tuesday. The teenagers went on their bullying spree by posting vulgar, sexual insults about their peers on the popular photo sharing website, Instagram.logo-instagram-icon

The girls were convicted for writing explicit, derogatory remarks next to pictures of 38 other young people, mostly girls, via an anonymous account on Instagram.

The Instagram account was opened in December 2012, and, as with most cyber-bulling cases, the malicious comments quickly spread throughout the internet before the account was eventually shut down. In March of this year, Instagram announced that it had over 10 million users.

The plaintiffs provided screen shots of the derogatory remarks as evidence while forensic evidence tied the girls to the account.

What the young girls thought to be a (horrible) practical joke, quickly went south as hundreds of young people took the streets of Gothenburg, the girls’ hometown, to protest. These protest eventually turned violent.


Multichoice to focus on online content delivery

Published by on Jun 26th, 2013, No Comments


CEO of Naspers ‘s Pay-TV platform Eben Greyling has announced at a press conference recently that in addition to developing the growth of its lower paying subscribers through the introduction of cheaper bouquets, Multichoice will also be focusing on delivering more  online content to its subscriber base as a result of the increase in internet penetration both in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

“Regarding competition we continue to see an increase in competition across the continent from both traditional players as well as online players. Existing players in the broadcasting space are aggressively growing their business and we’re also seeing new players,” said Greyling.