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  • Groupon South Africa is dead: here’s what will happen to your orders

    Back in September 2015, Memeburn reported that ecommerce platform Groupon began shedding global offices in an effort to "make the business more efficient". And while South Africa wasn't a country affected back then, it is now. Groupon South Africa today announced that it will shutter its operations in the country, in a bid to further streamline its global business operations. Groupon launched in South Africa in 2010 after it bought local startup Twangoo. Groupon South Africa will effectively shutter on 30 November "We are sorry to inform you that as of 4 November 2016, Groupon has wound down its operations in South Africa...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #84: State Capture, Titanfall 2 & more

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Andy Walker and Matthew Alexander. In this edition of the Weekly Round Up, we take a look at Matthew's latest favourite game, Titanfall 2. From flying through space and shooting things in mid-air with huge robots, it's probably one of Electronic Arts' more interesting games of the year. The State Capture report is probably South Africa's biggest online news story of the year Also on the agenda, we chat Richard Branson's recent trip to Cape Town,...

  • Mark Zuckerberg loses $3-billion in a single day

    If you're having a bad week, do spare a thought for poor Mark Zuckerberg. The founder and CEO of social media giant Facebook lost US$3-billion in personal net wealth on Thursday, after Facebook's growth forecast was given a dim outlook. Facebook claims that it will hit the limit of how many ads can be shown in its app's primary news feed in 2017 -- a big, big problem for the advertising-reliant firm. As a result, the company's share price also tanked 8% in late Wednesday trading. That, of course, lost Zuckerberg a good 6% of his personal wealth. It's an extremely odd...

  • YouTube gets pinned comments, cute ‘creator hearts’

    If you were to give the internet an enema, you'd probably stick the hose in YouTube's comments section. Between the racism, sexism and trolls, it can be a rather toxic place. But Google is continuing its push to gussy up the service, introducing pinned comments and several other features in the process. YouTube uploaders can now pin comments on videos, allowing you to "highlight great engagement from your fans or share information with your audience", the company wrote on its Creator blog. That's not the only way you can show love to your favourite comments, as the team has implemented the ability...

  • ‘Planet Nine’ could be tilting our solar system

    Researchers from Caltech have found evidence that suggests the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system, making our neighbourhood potentially more exciting. According to researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, Planet Nine, as they've named it, is approximately 10 times bigger than Earth and orbits about 20 times further from the Sun. It has to be noted that the researchers discovered the planet's "existence" using mathematical modelling and computer simulations and have not observed the object directly. The so-called Planet Nine seems to have an elongated orbit in the outer solar system "There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times,...

  • 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...

  • Microsoft Teams: Redmond joins the funky workplace collab party

    Microsoft has today launched its answer to workplace collaboration tool Slack in the form of Microsoft Teams. The company's announcement comes just weeks after social giant Facebook launched its Slack competitor, Workplace. Like Slack, the chat-based workspace allows groups to collaborate on projects through persistent chat threads and rooms, but also supports video calling by plugging into Skype, and group task completion by using Microsoft's Office program suite. Teams will also boast apps for MacOS, Android and iOS, including the web. "At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the mission of helping people and organizations achieve more—and reinventing productivity for the cloud and...

  • Update: State Capture Report is now live on Scribd

    Update: Although it's not yet live on the Public Protector's website, you can access the State Capture report (officially named the State of Capture report), on document repository Scribd, here. Hat-tip to eNCA for the upload. Original article: It's a landmark day, South Africa. The State Capture report -- the last document authored by former public protector Thuli Madonsela -- will be available on the Public Protector's website before 5pm SAST today. This after North Gauteng High Court today ruled in favour of opposition parties, and President Jacob Zuma's withdrawal of his interdict. But while the report should be available for the...

  • Opera: OLX, Letgo tracks you more than Takealot, Gumtree

    New research from Opera Software found that over half of the top 60 Android shopping apps collect personal information via trackers. However, South Africa's OLX and Letgo were mentioned as some of the worst offenders as well. The two South African services were joined by the likes of Flipkart, Amazon, JC Penney, Best Buy and eBay Kleinanzeigen as the shopping apps with the highest amount of trackers. These trackers collected information such as your name, email address, location, phone number and search terms, Opera wrote in an emailed press release. The results were obtained using privacy mode in the updated Opera Max...

  • You can ‘buy’ stuff on Instagram from next week (but not in SA)

    Facebook and Pinterest have allowed you to buy items/services on the platforms for a while now, but now it's Instagram's turn to join the party. Yep, the photo-based social network has announced that it will (sort of) allow people to buy stuff via the platform from next week. "While browsing and discovery is easy on mobile, finding more information about the specific products you see isn’t always as simple. On a platform known for its power of mobile discovery, today we're excited to announce an easier experience to shop the products you love on Instagram," the company wrote on its business...

  • ‘Harambe’ lives on as emoji in Apple’s iOS 10.2 update

    Good news, internet. Harambe might be making a triumphant return to your Apple mobile device in the form of an emoji. Although many Apple mobile users currently run iOS 10.1, version 10.2 is just around the corner. And with it, comes a slew of new emoji. 72 emoji are included in Apple's latest developer preview build of iOS, with male and female counterparts providing the bulk of the new items. But one particular emoji is causing a bit of a stir on the internet. If iOS 10 doesn't have a Harambe emoji I'm going to be so disappointed. — Harambe (@_The_Harambe) September 12,...

  • Dr Strange review: the other good doctor

    Dr Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a talented neurosurgeon with an ego rivaling Tony Stark’s. From billionaire genius to a humble magician, his origin story stays true to Marvel’s formula for good movies. We're introduced to the Doc playing a game of “guess the song” while operating on a patient’s brain -- his nonchalant attitude toward the procedure is indicative of his skill as a doctor. The movie doesn’t seem to focus on his past with his parents and siblings (as most comic fans are used to) but instead follows his journey forward from a great man to a fragment...

  • Richard Branson on SA startup scene, Gordhan and more

    Virgin's Richard Branson made an appearance at the relaunch of the Virgin Money insurance service in South Africa. The mogul and philanthropist had a fair amount to say, talking political stability, the actual service they're launching, thoughts on the SA startup scene and Blockchain. Virgin is (seemingly) thriving in SA Branson noted that stability is needed around the world, pointing to Brexit and the possible election of Donald Trump as two destabilising events. "As far as the Virgin group in South Africa is concerned, we're expanding as fast as we've ever expanded. So, we've got... 11 new health clubs opening this year. I've just...

  • No Apple, this iPhone 7 owner is not Saddam Hussein

    Okay Apple, we understand that you aren't too interested in giving out refunds to iPhone buyers, but do you really need them to prove that they're not dead dictators? The Cupertino company and maker of the iPhone 7 landed itself in hot water this week after it asked a Birmingham customer, Sharakat Hussain, to prove that he is not Saddam Hussein (note the spellings). According to a report by The Sun (aptly named "Saddam Insane"), Hussain returned an iPhone 7 that he bought for his sister to his local Apple store, and was told he'd receive the phone in exchange for...

  • South Africa’s Quirk rebrands as Mirum

    One of South Africa's largest digital agencies, WPP-owned Quirk, has today announced that it is rebranding to Mirum. The move comes after the company joined the New York-based J. Walter Thompson Company chain, alongside Lebanese agency Cleartag and UK agency HeathWallace. These three companies will form the base of Mirum's Middle East and African operations. The rebrand also sees a shuffle in management. Quirk founder and long-term CEO Rob Stokes -- who Memeburn understands resigned from Quirk two months ago* -- takes on a role as chairperson in the newly-branded agency. Current Quirk MD James McKay will operate as Mirum's local CEO,...