Errol Barnett travels through East Africa's leading tech city using social media.
Running a technology news site based in South Africa that focuses on tech news from Africa and Emerging Markets it's to be expected that I am a little attached to the region.
A new report says Apple could manufacture the iPhone in the U.S. and still enjoy a gross margin of nearly 50%.
The tiniest iPhone rumors can cause a big uproar.
On mobile devices, social media may be hot, but news still captures people's attention. And the news business, troubled though it has been, is all about attention. But can mobile news apps help save news about your community?
Google Places is gone, replaced by a new feature that combines its Google Plus social site and renowned restaurant reviewers Zagat.
As the stock market opened Friday with a ring of the bell by Mark Zuckerberg, all eyes were on Facebook -- the social media Megalodon he nursed from a dorm-room project to one of Wall Street's hottest prospects ever.
CNN's Dan Simon talks to Wolf Blitzer about Facebok employees prepping for an all-night "hackathon" coding session.
At some companies, the night before a multibillion-dollar stock offering might come with lavish parties and champagne.
Weeks after a policy change that sparked privacy concerns, Google has rolled out a new feature that will give users a monthly update to help them keep track of their activity across Google's multiple sites and tools.
If Facebook and Wall Street become friends, will you like it?
Like two freight trains rumbling in opposite directions on parallel tracks, a pair of internationally famous U.S. companies sped past each other in the news in recent days.
Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of four co-founders of social network Diaspora, died over the weekend in San Francisco at age 22.
Apple's voice assistant took an extended coffee break on Thursday.
CNN's Soledad O'Brien follows entrepreneurs as they pitch their technology ideas to investors in Silicon Valley.
Call it "Occupy Facebook." Or, perhaps, "UnOccupy Facebook."
A couple years ago, a Microsoft researcher named Gordon Bell embarked on a personal experiment: He would wear a video camera around his neck all the time and keep this "life recorder" always turned on, so it would record everything he did.
Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone at an event on Tuesday, October 4, according to a report on AllThingsD, a Wall Street Journal blog network.
Netflix changed the name of its DVD mailing service to "Qwikster" over the weekend.
One year ago at his annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Michael Arrington -- founder of the blog that functions as Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper -- took the stage and shocked the audience with a deal to sell his venture to AOL.
Here's some unsolicited advice for interim Yahoo CEO Tim Morse, and whoever is -- lucky? unlucky? -- enough to replace him permanently.
What's a blogger to do when his blog is in turmoil?
Dedicated social gamers devote many hours to tending their online farms and digital pets -- and lots of money, too. This year they'll spend an estimated $650 million in real cash on virtual goods.
Twitter's co-founders announced this week that they are throwing their money and support behind a new app called Lift, which, according to a blog post that sounds like it was written by "Lost's" Dharma Initiative, is "an interesting new application for unlocking human potential through positive reinforcement."
Vacation rental site Airbnb apologized Monday in the wake of recent highly publicized rental horror stories and announced new property protections and safety measures for site users.
Google+ has been a hit in the tech community, with early adopters praising its clean design and features like Circles and group video chat.
Dhanji R. Prasanna is a Sydney-based software engineer. He recently left Google after a nearly three-year stint working on projects like Google Wave. A version of this post first appeared on his blog, http://rethrick.com/, where you can read more about him. There's no shortage of punditry around the future and fate of Google+, a massive social networking effort from Google. Much of it centers around competition with Facebook, and whether or not it will succeed in unseating the latter as the dominant social networking site.
Netflix subscribers might not be thrilled with the company's plans to increase prices, but investors appear to be more accepting.
There's an old joke in the tech world:
Everyone knows Pandora -- that popular music-streaming site where robots pick songs for you based on equations.
Facebook looks set to take on some of the net's hottest photo sharing services including Instagram, Path and the ridiculously well-funded Color with a new iPhone app, according to a report from Techcrunch.
At the end of 2010, I wrote a story about Louis Gray, a Silicon Valley blogger who is comfortable sharing pretty much everything about his life on the Internet.
The early reviews are in for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and the results are tepid at best -- which sent Research in Motion's stock lower Thursday.
UberMedia, which owns several popular applications that interface with Twitter, is outlining plans to build a social network that could compete with that popular microblogging platform, said three people who were briefed on the plans.
Anxious to reject some of your digital friends while on the go?
The world's largest "permissions-based" e-mail marketing company, Epsilon, reported late last week that someone hacked into its computer system and stole an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names.
Apple has traditionally debuted new iPhones at its annual software developers conference, but this year's event in June will be 100 percent software news, according to a report.
What makes a good mobile app? In general, it's not whether you download it but whether you keep using it.
AOL's purchase of The Huffington Post is the splashiest in a long line of acquisitions -- but the buying spree likely ends here. AOL had to part with almost half of its cash to secure the deal.
AOL, the online media company that has recently snatched several smaller content firms, has agreed to purchase news blog service The Huffington Post for $315 million, the two companies announced Monday.
The most notable women in technology probably don't spend all day thinking about hairstyles and dinner parties. But according to a bright pink infographic making its way around the web, you can tell a lot about some of the world's most tech-savvy women based on their hairdos and extracurriculars.
Facebook accidentally went live with a handful of prototype features earlier today, including a site-wide yet short-lived overhaul of Pages.
A computer-game parody of the much-talked-about WikiLeaks saga has made a splash online.
Yahoo cut about 600 jobs Tuesday, the company confirmed, finally swinging the ax on layoffs that had been widely rumored for weeks.
An average internet user can dig up all kinds of details -- both juicy and mundane -- about the life of Louis Gray, a 33-year-old from Sunnyvale, California.
It bills itself as "the easiest way to blog." But the hip website Tumblr crashed on Sunday night and hasn't been online since.
Facebook will be awarded a trademark for the word "face," pending some action from the social network, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
What kind of turban would Ashley Olsen wear?
As countless print- or TV-based news organizations continue their descent, the future of the news business still seems curiously bright.
Yahoo is preparing to cull its workforce of around 14,000, according to reports from two tech blogs, but how deep the cuts will go is an open question.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about "sharing" info and "connecting" people to each other more than Kanye West talks about himself. And the site's mission statement hits those themes hard, saying Facebook's goal is to give people "the power to share and make the world more open and connected."
Hooray for Yahoo! It's finally beating Google at something.
Apple has patented technology that could be used by parents to prevent their kids from sending sexually explicit text messages -- or "sexting."
AOL is approaching its first birthday as an independent company -- a year it's spent trying to shed its reputation as an outdated Internet portal.
Google announced Sunday that it has developed cars that drive themselves automatically in traffic, and that it has been testing them on the streets of California for months. It might seem like an unusual project for Google, but it could actually have big benefits.
Will Bunker says he didn't steal the idea for his Facebook app. He just re-created Chatroulette -- minus the naked people.
What if browsing the internet felt like playing an arcade game?
Document-sharing site Scribd kicked up a firestorm this summer when it slapped a paywall around older content. Users protested loudly, both about the move itself and the lack of prior warning.
Many thought Hewlett-Packard would name its new CEO on Tuesday since it was having an analyst meeting that day. That didn't happen.
U.S. stocks were set to open lower Wednesday, as nagging concerns about the economy weighed on investors.
TechCrunch said Tuesday it has agreed to be acquired by AOL, a deal that came together quickly after rumors of the negotiations leaked.
U.S. stocks finished higher Tuesday as a drop in consumer confidence and a mixed reading on home prices failed to sink recovery hopes.
On Day 52 of HP CEO Watch, leading candidate Todd Bradley took the stage at a San Francisco tech gathering Monday and walked straight into a grilling on the state of HP's leadership hunt.
Facebook denied a story published this weekend that says the company is "building a mobile phone," but CNET has confirmed that the social-networking giant has reached out to hardware manufacturers and carriers seeking input on a potential Facebook-branded phone.
For Stanford University student Feross Aboukhadijeh, what started off as a bet fueled by youthful ambition and technical bravado, ended up an Internet hit and quite possibly a job.
Apple users will get to watch live today as the company, at an event presumably led by CEO Steve Jobs, announces new services and products.
Adam Goldstein was a whiz-kid MIT engineering student with an enviable network of tech contacts and a decade of industry experience. He also had a lofty dream: To reinvent Internet flight search.
Evidence continues to mount to support expectations that Apple's iPhone 4 will finally launch on Verizon this coming January.
There was a great conversation Thursday at Y Combinator's AngelConf in Silicon Valley. Anthony Ha of Venturebeat had a couple posts on it that I just read, one on Paul Graham's comments, and another on Ron Conway and Mike Arrington's comments. I would have enjoyed being part of that discussion, so I'll join in now.
It all comes down to the flasher problem.
If online reports are to be believed, Google could be cooking up a rival for Facebook -- and bringing the maker of popular social games like "FarmVille" with them.
Dear Annie: I had a strange experience the other day: I went to a second round of job interviews at a company where I'd really like to work, and a manager there mentioned that he, too, is a fan of a little-known science fiction writer whose books I happen to like.
This has been a week of crashing websites.
After his latest appearance at TechCrunch's annual conference, Andrey Ternovskiy had a hard time leaving the stage. Everyone wanted a word with the 18-year old Chatroulette founder -- from other young entrepreneurs to big-money venture capitalists.
Shove over, venture capitalists, there's a new tech investor in town: New York City.
It was a big year for technology: Twitter and Facebook's popularity exploded, while new smartphones, e-readers and a host of other gadgets cropped up to compete for our plugged-in affection.
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey's Square application, which is like a smartphone PayPal for credit cards, has attracted lots of warranted attention for its potential to enable peer-to-peer and merchant credit card transactions in the real world far beyond what's capable today in most countries.
Google Wave, a product that promises to revolutionize online communication, will go out to about 100,000 beta testers Wednesday.
The recent hacking of a Twitter employee's personal e-mail account is raising questions about the security of storing personal information and business data on the Internet.
Google is jumping into Microsoft Windows territory -- and threatening to change the way personal computers work -- with its own version of a computer operating system.
The TechCrunch conference, like the blog that puts it on, is all about startups and the unabashed energy of the new. That means, of course, that some companies debuting at the three-day conference are more ready for prime time than others.
The software giant's new ad starring Jerry Seinfeld has drawn largely negative reviews online after premiering Thursday night during NBC's broadcast of the National Football League's season kickoff game
Mike Arrington tells me he has one wish: He'd like to write about startups. This surprises me since I - and just about everyone else I know - read his TechCrunch blog daily, mainly for his startup coverage.
Online retailer Amazon.com is delivering perishable groceries to a Seattle suburb in a pilot program, testing out a possible new food delivery service, according to a report Thursday.
The last volume of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has already been delivered to customers and magically appeared online just days before its official release Saturday.
Few niches crashed more spectacularly during Web 1.0 than the pet sector. In the space of just nine months in 2000, Pets.com managed to raise a jaw-dropping $82.5 million in an IPO, air a $1.2 mill...
Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25—our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack. The moment seemed propitious: Hardware was cheap, broadb...
Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack. The moment seemed propitious: Hardware was cheap, broadband was ubiquitous, software was open-source, and venture capitalists were once again flooding Silicon Valley with ready cash.
Michael Arrington is a partying kind of guy. While showing off his home in Atherton, Calif., he boasts about how he crammed 500 people into his one-acre backyard at a bash in February. Then there a...
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Jeff Bezos hasn't had much luck finding a winning recipe for entering the Web-search market. His previous formula -- pluck an algorithms guru from Yahoo, add search results from Google, and stir up the Web world -- didn't attract many users. Meanwhile, Udi Manber, CEO of Amazon's search subsidiary, has decamped for Google. Now Bezos is giving it another go by partnering with Microsoft. While Amazon's move doesn't do much for Microsoft's paltry share of the search market, it's a symbolic victory for Microsoft, which failed in a bid late last year to power AOL's search results.
You can already buy just about anything from Amazon.com. But now, TechCrunch reports, you can buy space on Amazon.com's servers. Unlike Google's Gdrive, though, Amazon's online-storage offering isn't meant for consumers. Amazon, whose servers already host terabytes of book-cover images, music-CD reviews and sales data, is offering online storage space to companies who want to store their own data. The new service could make it easier for startups to build new services without worrying about buying and maintaining their own storage servers, writes former Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Parekh on his blog.