Google is killing MetaFilter and nobody can figure out why

Business, Internet, Mobile
Is Google broken? Or is your site broken? That’s the question any webmaster asks when she sees her Google click-throughs drop dramatically. It’s a question that Matt Haughey, founder of legendary Internet forum MetaFilter, has been asking himself for the last year and a half, as declining ad revenues have forced the long-running site to lay off several of its staff. Reports Business Insider MetaFilter, Haughey told me, made the bulk of its revenue through Google’s AdSense program. That is, MetaFilter worked with Google ad representatives to place advertising on its pages that was served by Google. In turn, most of MetaFilter’s visitors came via Google searches. (MetaFilter’s members pay a small one-time signup fee to see no advertising; I am a member but not a terribly active one. I

Safaricom set to terminate Post-Pay Tariffs despite 30pc growth

Business, Internet, Mobile
Kenya’s largest mobile network, Safaricom, plans to shut down one of its postpaid services, saying the service’s tariff has shown non-performance three years after it was launched. reports Safaricom chief executive, Bob Collymore, has said his company has already sent a letter to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) notifying them of the intention to end the tariff. “The Karibu postpaid plan is not profitable; it is a rich tariff where you get talk time, data and texts which are all being sold at below cost,” Collymore said. “We have sent a letter to the regulator informing them of our intention to terminate it,” he added. Safaricom has two post-paid options, where subscribers pay Ksh 1,000 or Ksh 2,500 per month. The Kshs 1,000 option allows t

Kenya: Advertising standards committee rules that Orange Ad. against Safaricom be withdrawn

Business, Mobile, social media
CIO East Africa: The Advertising Standards Committee (ASC) has ruled that a controversial advert run by Orange from earlier this year be withdrawn from the mediums on which it has been running. In its ruling, the ASC states that the commercial which has been running on all platforms – print; online and broadcast - is misleading as it failed to mention that the other network – in this case Safaricom – had a price point of Kshs 2 during off-peak hours. The case was lodged at the ASC by Scanad on behalf of Safaricom on January 28 this year regarding the “Do You Know” campaign which is part of the Tujuane tariff while Orange was represented by Ad Agency, Acess Leo Burnett and Annette J Martyres. “The ad was disparaging because it suggested that Safaricom was the more expensive network. Th

Kenya and 8 other Sub-Saharan countries in Africa boast of more mobile money accounts than bank accounts

Business, Mobile
Reports by IPC Weekly Datashots - Highlights which speak to the incredible growth which is happening in Africa today, as well as the potential for future growth. As of June 2013, 98 million (48%) of the 203 million registered mobile money accounts globally were in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) - East Africa holding the lion's share of SSA’s total and accounting for 34% of the global total. In addition, 9 African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon have more mobile money accounts than bank accounts - championing financial inclusion by providing financial services to more people than traditional banks have been able to reach. As of the end of 2013, there were 219 mobile money services globally (233 as of April 2014) and SSA is home to 52% of them. At the top of mobile money pro

Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Mobile, social media
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the largest media group in Germany, has published an open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt outlining all the reasons for the public to distrust the company. Döpfner’s explanation paints a picture of the innovation and technological progress that the internet giant has achieved that is very different from the usual news stories. The letter, which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, directly addresses the anti-trust suite Google is facing in Europe. It goes on to point out how the kind of dominance held by Google over the search engine industry leads to what he believes to be a form of extortion. “As “compensation,” however, a new advertising window will be set up at the beginning of the search list, in which those companies who are discriminated against