Big tech is still violating your privacy

By Giovanni Buttarelli for The Washington Post  First came the scaremongering. Then came the strong-arming. After being contested in arguably the biggest lobbying exercise in the history of the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation became fully...

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Government’s entire IT system goes down

By Gaye Davis for EWN  It has emerged that not only Home Affairs but IT systems across government were affected by Friday’s power outage. The head of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) has told Parliament that the power outage that caused Home...

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Local is lekker: homegrown ‘WhatsApp’ goes data-free

Moya Messenger is a new mobile messaging app that allows users to communicate without incurring data costs. The app, developed in South Africa by biNu and released in July, provides #datafree text messaging that works when a mobile user has no airtime or data balance...

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Beware new Absa, MWEB scam

Source: MyBroadband MWEB and Absa clients have been targeted in a new e-mail phishing attack, where they are asked to open an attachment aimed at stealing their private information. The email asks users to open an HTML attachment, which in turn opens a form in a...

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Naspers takes a hit as Tencent stocks tumble

By Kana Nishizawa and Jeanny Yu for Business Day If you thought the slump in US technology stocks was bad, take a look at Tencent, the Chinese internet giant 31% owned by JSE-listed Naspers. Tencent has tumbled 25% from its January peak, erasing about $140bn of market...

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Google to submit to Chinese censorship, says new report

By Denis Balibouse for Wired In 2010, Google made a moral calculus. The company had been censoring search results in China at the behest of the Communist government since launching there in 2006. But after a sophisticated phishing attack to gain access to the Gmail...

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Huawei now the second biggest smartphone seller

By Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter, the first time in seven years that any contender has managed to split the top two. Multiple market analysts said that...

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Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Source: Fin24  With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG_Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba – the...

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Preparing for Black Friday: lessons learnt from 2017

Source: Supermarket & Retailer If 2017 is anything to go by, Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the busiest South African shopping days and, like the US, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This year, online retailers are preparing for even...

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