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WhatsApp group admins may be criminally liable for fake news

WhatsApp group admins may be criminally liable for fake news

By James de Villiers for Business Insider SA Media law experts believe WhatsApp admins in SA may be held liable for false information shared on their groups. However, they would need to know that the information being shared is false, and do nothing about it....

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Thousands affected as Google SA goes down

Thousands affected as Google SA goes down

By Anita Froneman for CapeTown Etc People across the country working from home during the coronavirus lockdown were affected as Google South Africa experienced technical issues on Monday, causing various applications including Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts and Maps to...

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Uber Eats now delivers essential products in SA

Uber Eats now delivers essential products in SA

By Hanno Labuschagne for MyBroadbrand South Africans can now use Uber Eats to have essential goods delivered to their door during the coronavirus lockdown. In an email sent to customers on Monday 6 April, the company said it would offer a range of essential items...

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Vodacom slashes data prices by up to 40%

Vodacom slashes data prices by up to 40%

Source: Tech Financials Vodacom has cut data prices by up to 40% and will provide free data to access essential services through Vodacom’s zero-rated platform ConnectU with immediate effect. The value of these initiatives is some R2.7-billion over the next year....

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Important undersea cable breaks – again

Important undersea cable breaks – again

By Stefan Mack for Briefly The West African Cable System (WACS), an undersea Internet cable which is critical to South Africa’s communications infrastructure, has broken again. The cable had broken earlier this year and resulted in a notable slowdown in...

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Discovery, Vodacom set up online Covid-19 consultation service

Discovery, Vodacom set up online Covid-19 consultation service

Source: CNBC Africa South African insurance company Discovery and mobile operator Vodacom are teaming up to offer a free, online doctor consultation service to all South Africans with coronavirus-related concerns. Discovery had already set up an online service for its...

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Sites ending in .za must display Covid-19 info

Sites ending in .za must display Covid-19 info

By Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom and Jody Hardy at Webber Wentzel In a move to counter “fake news”, all Internet sites ending with “.za” will have to include a visible link on their landing page to the Covid-19 South African Online Portal, in terms of a Government...

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SA jolted into a digital way of life overnight

SA jolted into a digital way of life overnight

On Sunday 15 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster in relation to the novel coronavirus, and asked people and businesses across the country to take precautionary social distancing measures – working from home where able,...

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SA sees spike in network attacks

SA sees spike in network attacks

According to Kaspersky, a major spike in network attacks took place in South Africa last week. Affected devices increased from 20,000-30,000 to about 310,000 in the period spanning from 15 – 21 March. This has coincided with an increase in remote working in the...

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App takes photos of employees every five minutes

App takes photos of employees every five minutes

By Aaron Holmes for Business Insider US  As coronavirus spreads, companies are increasingly being forced to work from home – and some are using online conference tools to try to prevent a dip in productivity. Some are turning to tools like Sneek, a group video...

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SA may free up spectrum during lockdown

SA may free up spectrum during lockdown

South Africa is considering giving telecoms companies increased spectrum (or airwave capacity), as millions of people switch to home working, testing networks and driving up data traffic, the communications minister said on Wednesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa...

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