Facebook Hits One Billion Users

Facebook has announced that it now has more than a billion users, in a new milestone for the world's biggest social network.

Co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who describes the number as humbling, adds that: "To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that's just unbelievable."

Microsoft to be Fined Over Browser Commitment

Software giant, Microsoft, faces yet more heavy fines after it promised to offer clients a choice of web browser but has failed to do so, according to the European Union’s (EU) competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia.

Almunia says that the company has not made the change so far and inevitably faces more fines - to follow some of the heaviest EU penalties ever - if it does not act soon.

Blocking Internet Will Fail – WWW Inventor

Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, has warned governments that attempts to block the Internet are doomed to failure due to its scattered structure.

Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively, Berners-Lee says the lack of a global Internet ‘off-switch’ means that authoritarian regimes could not stem the influx of digital information.

Predatory Cyber Crime in South Africa: Current Risks and Realities

Nearly a year ago, a specialist in software risk management and data storage, Marthinus Engelbrecht, warned that while statistics on violent crimes in South Africa hit the headlines every day because of their severity, cyber crimes were much more common and had a much bigger impact (The New Age, 14 September 2011). Crime analysts and commentators have regularly warned about the insidious nature of cyber crime, and, occasionally predicted an upswing in its occurrence.

Microsoft Unveils a Facebook-Friendly E-mail Service

Microsoft has unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online e-mail service in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google's fast-growing Gmail.

The world's largest software company is renaming its Hotmail service, giving it a sharp new look, social network links and new features for handling the tide of junk and mass mail that swamps many users.

Hotmail was still the world's largest online mail service as of June, according to the latest comScore figures available, with 324 million users, or about 36 percent of the global market.

Ndileka Takes Over Mandela’s Legacy

Former President, Nelson Mandela, has endorsed that his granddaughter, Ndileka Mandela, take over his legacy of uplifting impoverished rural communities.

Ndileka says the Nelson Mandela Foundation - which is responsible for building clinics and schools in rural areas before Madiba retired - has since stopped doing the work.

She says the foundation, which has a new strategy - refocusing its energy towards the centre of memory (digital archives), has collaborated with Google.

Botswana Leads in Mobile Phone Density

The World Bank says Botswana has one of the world's highest mobile phone density rates, beating industrialised giants like the United States of America, United Kingdom and Germany.

Its latest Information and Communications for Development 2012 Report, the bank assessed mobile phone uptake in 152 countries and their use in promoting development particularly in agriculture, health, financial services, and government.


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