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  • Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa’s hilarious new meme

    Forget the med- and edtech industries. You know what's a real disruptive force on the internet at the moment? Shebeens. Specifically, shebeens in Saxonwold. After the State Capture report revealed that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe spent quite a few nights in close proximity to the Gupta's residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Molefe suggested he may or may not have been visiting a nearby shebeen. Eskom, in a tweet to Memeburn, explained that it was in fact one of Molefe's colleagues who mentioned this. Regardless though, Twitter quickly latched onto the notion of a shebeen, and did not let go. Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa's...

  • State Capture Report: SA politicians, parties react on Twitter

    The rather lengthy and eagerly anticipated State Capture Report has finally been made available for all to view. So what were some of the biggest findings? Well, the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma may have broken the Executive Ethics Code multiple times. The report also features Eskom CEO Brian Molefe numerous times, revealing that he had many phone calls with the Gupta family. Note: here's how to get the State Capture report. There are many more findings to be had, but Thuli Madonsela ultimately called on Zuma to initiate a commission of inquiry, with the head chosen by Chief Justice...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Pornhub reportedly buying Vine? Because ‘six seconds is more than enough’

    Adult streaming site  has reportedly offered to buy Vine, after Twitter announced it was scaling down the looping video service. In a letter sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and obtained by CNET, Pornhub vice-president Corey Price says that Twitter could benefit from a sale. "We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like 'Damn Daniel,' 'Awkward Puppets' and many more." Price added that Vines "of porn in six seconds is more than enough time...

  • Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week

    Twitter, after shedding 9% of its company staff this week, is also shedding Vine. In a blog post published on Medium, "Vine and Twitter" explains that the former will be "discontinuing the mobile app" in a move that almost spells the end for the promising but ailing short video platform. We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS — Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016 The video creation and sharing service, that was bought by Twitter in 2012, was used by consumers and media alike to cover events like the Ferguson uprising of 2014, to the everyday lives of...

  • Twitter to cut 8% of workforce – report

    Twitter may be considered an icon of today's internet era, but its financial status has never been shining by most accounts. Now, Bloomberg reports that the company plans to lay off 300 staff, representing a not-insignificant 8% of their workforce. The publication, citing "people familiar with the matter", said that the layoffs might be announced this week before Twitter's third-quarter earnings meeting on Thursday. It added that the number of laid off employees could still change. Twitter hasn't been a money maker by any stretch, having sought a sale instead So who would be affected by these job cuts? TechCrunch reports that sales teams are...

  • Twitter reacts to Dyn’s massive DNS DDoS

    For much of Friday, some of the internet's biggest websites were rendered useless after a DDoS attack hit Dyn DNS. In typical internet fashion, people took to social media sites that weren't down, posting funny GIFs, reaction videos and of course, their words of wisdom. To be fair, what else can you do in a situation like this? The DDoS affected Dyn's DNS, leaving many of the web's essential services inaccessible At the time of writing, many sites remain inaccessible, but we have detailed a possible fix over on our primary article. But if you're interested in waiting it out, have a look...

  • 12 inspirational tweets from Thuli Madonsela

    Serving as Public Protector from 10 October 2009 to 14 October 2016, Thuli Madonsela has become one of South Africa's most recognisable and respected public figures. She's faced a slew of political issues in her day, from the Malema scandals of 2012, to her latest battle with the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma. During all this, she somehow found time to tweet a bit too. Thuli Madonsela always had an excellent turn of phrase on Twitter, often showering her followers with inspiration and words of wisdom. So, to honour the outgoing public protector, we take a look at some of...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Trump remains bullish, Thuli bids adieu

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter (with a splash of Instagram and Facebook for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World news: Trump battles latest scandal on Twitter Donald Trump was in the news for a number of different reasons this weekend, but the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him took centre stage. Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice,...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Haiti recovers after Hurricane Matthew & #Khwezi dies

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (7 October – 10 October 2016). African news Ethiopia's crisis deepened this weekend after the government decreed a six-month state of emergency. The country, which has been experiencing ongoing civil uprisings and protests against the government. According to reports, over 500 people have died since the unrest began in early August 2016. "A state of emergency has been declared...

  • 5 videos that capture Hurricane Matthew’s deadly fury

    There's a small matter of a Category 3 storm currently rolling up the USA's west coast. Its name is Hurricane Matthew, and it has already laid waste to Haiti (killing over 300) and much of the Bahamas. It's a devastating storm, and one of the few to bring Florida to a standstill. As a result, Hurricane Matthew's passing is an event that the likes of Facebook, Instagram and especially Twitter is capturing in near real time. While Twitter is usually one social network that privileges text over visuals, some videos just provide all the content you need. On that note, have a look...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Colombia votes no, South Africa defeats Australia

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (30 September – 2 October). Colombia is in disarray after the country Sunday voted against a referendum that would've ensured government peace against the FARC rebel forces. Likened to Colombia's version of Brexit, the country voted 50.22% vs 49.78% in disfavour of the peace deal. The referendum asked voters: "Do you support the final agreement to end the...

  • Is Disney about to buy Twitter for $16bn?

    Family-first media giant Disney is no longer just about anthropomorphic mice and creepy clubhouses. The company is reportedly preparing a bid to buy social network Twitter. In a deal that could inject Twitter with some much needed cash, and give Disney a foothold in the fervent social networking advertising space, the company is currently "working with a financial advisor" to assess the validity of the deal. This according to a Bloomberg report. If Disney does purchase Twitter, the deal is expected to be worth around US$16bn According to the publication, bidding Twitter's market worth of around US$16-billion will be Disney's biggest cash...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Brad Binder, Temba Bavuma make SA history

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (23 September – 25 September). American gun violence continues Gun violence has rocked the city of Chicago this weekend, resulting in seven deaths, and at least 36 injuries. Update: Three of four surviving victims in Champaign shootings discharged from hospital, police say https://t.co/fWNiOzNUwn pic.twitter.com/BuBSvB4kOu — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 26, 2016 A shooting also rocked Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Seven people...

  • #FeesMustFall: University students react to Nzimande’s statement

    Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament on Thursday, 22 September, to hand over its memorandum to Blade Nzimande. The Faculty has also called on "colleagues, students and concerned citizens" to join. It has also asked academics to dress in "full academic dress". CALL FOR NATIONAL PROTEST ACTION FROM FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT UCT pic.twitter.com/I5940etSCg — UCT Law Student(s) (@UCTLawStudents) September 19, 2016 Update #3, 18 September, 2.47pm: The University of Pretoria has now also joined the...