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Social Media: The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." Social media are media for social interaction, as a superset beyond social communication. Enabled by ubiquitously accessible and scalable communication techniques, social media substantially change the way of communication between organizations, communities, as well as individuals.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Amazon Gazump Google for Video Game Streaming Site Twitch


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Competitive gaming is fast becoming the new spectator sport of the 21st century, with online audiences in their millions tuning in to watch professional gamers go head to head. The video game streaming site Twitch it has been announced, is to be purchased by Amazon for close to $1 billion. The ...   read more

Big Data Innovation Summit to be held in Boston


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This week sees the Big Data Innovation Summit held in Boston on Thursday and Friday, which will see the biggest gathering of Fortune 500 executives meet for talks, keynote presentations and workshops with industry leaders taking place. The acclaimed event will feature speakers from data experts and will cover a range of topics including social media and web analytics, Big Data Innovation, a number of e ...   read more

Big Data Trends Revealed in Gartner Study


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A worldwide survey of IT leaders carried out by research analysts at Gartner has revealed that 42% of them have invested in big data or plan to within the next 12 months. This has led Gartner to predict that 2013 will be a year of wide scale adoption of big data technologies, following a couple of years of experimentation and the success of early adopters. "Organizations have increased their understanding of what big data is and how it could transform the business in n ...   read more

Bing Revamps Search to include Social


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Microsoft has announced its most significant update to search engine Bing since its launch in 2009, to include a social sidebar. The new-look search page will begin rolling out over the next couple of weeks and will be split into three sections. This "focuses on bringing you information from the web to help you take action and interact with friends and experts without compromising the core search experience.” In the centre of the new page, is ‘Snapshot', with web results on the ...   read more

Cloud Computing Stocks Fall


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Cloud computing stocks fell last week by a miniscule 0.55%, according to figures released by the Talkin'Cloud Stock Index, a dedicated cloud stock index which keeps tabs on performance in cloud trends. CommVault proved to be the week's biggest winner, with its stocks gaining 4.48%, whilst Carbonite saw shares fall sharply by 8,47%, due in part to rival company Mozy announcing a new channel partner programs for resellers. read more

Facebook Sets Up ‘Dark Web’ Service


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Facebook has created the ability for users to start anonymously connecting to the social network via the ‘dark web’ service Tor. Launched in 2002, Tor  is an open source project that allows people to access the internet without having to share their identifying informa ...   read more

Facebook Team up with Security Vendors


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Facebook have teamed up with five leading anti-virus vendors to create Facebook Antivirus Marketplace in an attempt to slow the spread of malware around the site. Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec are the security firms involved and the new page offers cut price and free antivirus solutions to interested surfers. read more

Firms struggle to keep up with IT changes


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Businesses are struggling to stay on top of the latest advances in the IT industry - including cloud computing and video conferencing - according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). As a result organisations are seeing staff put in longer hours and more than half are feeling more stressed than they were a decade ago.Peter Cheese, chairman of the ILM, said: "Although it was thought that technology, such as read more

Gartner Predict Global 7% BI Software Growth


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Analysts at Gartner say that worldwide Business Intelligence (BI) software will see a growth rate of 7% in 2012 and are to discuss their findings at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit to be held in Sydney next week. BI software will reach a total of around $13.8bn this year, up 7% from 2012 and is forecast to reach $17.1bn by 2016. As well as the Sydney summit ...   read more

Gartner Predict Real Time Analytics to deal with Big Data


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The latest research from Gartner says that "Actionable Analytics Will Be Driven by Mobile, Social and Big Data Forces in 2013”, ahead of their Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit 2013, due to take place in Sydney at the end of the month. Studies carried out by the analysts have found that whilst business intelligence (BI) and analytics continue to be an investment priority for CIOs, only 30% of users are adopting it within an organisation. However, Gartne ...   read more

GFI Labs Observe Increase in Social Media Attacks


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The latest VIPRE threat report from GFI Labs found March 2012 saw a further increase in attacks on social media sites and popular brands and products. These not only included popular targets such as Facebook and Twitter, but were further extended to include Google, LinkedIn and Skype. The release of video game Mass Effect 3 also saw cybercriminals taking advantage of the game's popularity, with a surge of fake download links appearing which direct victims to fake surveys and other marketi ...   read more

Google TV Arrives in UK


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Following its beleaguered launch in the US last October, Google TV is finally to be launched in the UK in the form of a Sony set-top box, which will set consumers back around £200. Whilst the initial US launch was fraught with problems, such as a dodgy user interface, it seems that these have now been solved before roll-out to the rest of the world. The device was showcased earlier this year at January’s CES and will be available to buy in shops from July 16 2012. However, ...   read more

Housing Technology 2013 Kicks Off with Sir Clive Woodward


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The 4th annual Housing Technology conference and executive forum began today with a keynote speech given by World Cup winner and Team GB's Director of Sport for the London Olympics, Sir Clive Woodward OBE. Sir Clive was expected to demonstrate how social housing providers can learn from the world of sport when it comes to building high performance, and how this can be applied to IT and business operations. read more

iPad Killing Off Traditional Media


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The iPad and social media are quickly killing off traditional media such as printed newspapers, magazines, books and even DVDs, studies have shown. In a recent report, Forrester found that a third of all those surveyed said that they use their PCs less often and read fewer books since purchasing an iPad. The only medium that didn't appear to be affected was television; only 12% of those asked said that they watched less TV following their purchase of an iPad and many said that i ...   read more

LinkedIn Passwords Leaked


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LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has confirmed that over six million of its user's passwords have been compromised and posted on a Russian web forum. According to a report by the BBC, the post also invites members of the hacking community to help decrypt the encrypted passwords. LinkedIn said that affected users will receive an email advising them that their account has been compromised with a reset password link and instructions on how to do so. Members that have ...   read more

Media Warned to Tighten Twitter Security


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News organisations from around the world have been warned to tighten security by social network Twitter, following a series of high-profile hacks carried out by a hacking group called the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The warning comes after the Guardian was the latest news publication to be targeted and Twitter recommend that only one computer is used for social networking by organisations. This, they say, will prevent passwords being spread from computer to computer and will h ...   read more

Microsoft confirms $1.2bn takeover of Yammer


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Microsoft has bought the office social networking site Yammer for $1.2bn, the tech giant confirmed on Monday. The four year old site, which currently has five million users offers a social networking platform for use within companies. Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer said, "Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft's growing port ...   read more

Microsoft Joins Social Media Fray


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Microsoft has finally jumped into the social networking fray and launched its own social media site, So.cl (pronounced social). The move comes not long after the recent revamp of Bing to include a social sidebar into the search page. However, it seems that MS are savvy enough not to attempt to knock social giants Facebook off their perch as So.cl is being pushed at the student market and is described as "social search for the purpose of learning.” The new site was launched over ...   read more

Microsoft Releases So.cl, its own Social Network


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Microsoft has finally released its own social network "Socl” (renamed from so.cl) and invited consumers to give it a try. Socl was actually launched a few months ago but began as "an experiment in social search for students and learning”. Socl allows users to create posts as collages, perhaps learning from the success of image-driven social network Pinterest that people are attracted to images online. Microsoft has been redesigning ...   read more

Only 30% of Data Sessions on Smartphones User Initiated


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According to Atix, global leaders in mobileRAN analytics and optimisation, just 30% of smartphone data sessions are actually started by users, with most failed data sessions happening without the user’s knowledge. This, Atix say, is creating a strain on networks as the demand for an always on connection is challenging network providers to provide capacity in areas where users are not intentionally using their device. This is due to apps such as Facebook and Twitter whi ...   read more

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