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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Transparency International
Hacking against corruption

“30 people, some of them friends, some others strangers, put together their skills in one place for one cause: beating corruption while having fun programming, coding, testing and, when things did not work out, starting all over again. The goal was making one good idea  become reality by the end of 24 hours.

In Bogotá, Colombia, hackers and developers were full of energy when they arrived at Academia Wayra at 5PM where the ‘Hacks Against Corruption’ hackathon took place the Saturday before last.

Their commitment was really amazing! They literally did not stop working for 24 hours.”  READ MORE

Paid Content: The Economics of Digital Content
What news brand has the most pull on Twitter?  Finally some answers.

“Who has more clout in spreading the news: the New York Times, the Guardian or Wired? Such questions have been the stuff of cocktail chatter but now, thanks to the rise of Twitter and big data analytics, we have some hard evidence.

In a new study, two University of Arizona researchers use Twitter’s emergence as a “serious newswire” to compare the reach and longevity of news stories tweeted by organizations like Reuters, NPR and the Washington Post. Over a three-week period last winter, the researchers looked at tweets containing story links and found that stories from the BBC and the New York Times were the most widely retweeted."  READ MORE

Mobile Business Briefing
Global smartphones hit 1 billion – analyst

“The number of smartphones in use worldwide has topped 1 billion, according to new figures released today by Strategy Analytics.

The research firm says the milestone was reached in Q3, 16 years after the first smartphone was launched in 1996. It predicts that the next billion will be achieved in less than three years (by 2015).

“We estimate one in seven of the world’s population owned a smartphone in the third quarter of 2012,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics.”  READ MORE

19% of New Facebook Fans Now Come From Mobile

“Almost one in five new Facebook fans came from mobile devices in August, an increase of 280% in four months, according to a new research report.

PageLever looked at more than 500 Facebook Pages with 100,000 or more Facebook fans and found only 5% of new fans came from mobile in May, but that number jumped to 19% in August.”  READ MORE

LA Times
$5 million prize for former African leader goes to ... no one

“Millions of dollars hung in the balance as a committee huddled in London, trying to decide which former African leader was worthy of their hefty cash prize. Monday, they announced which government head won.


For the third time in its six years of existence, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation prize committee scanned Africa and decided nobody met the bar for its coveted award, which includes $5 million paid out over a decade and an additional $200,000 annually for life.”  READ MORE

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