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  • Twitter’s chief operating officer resigns

    Twitter just can't seem to catch a break right now. After struggling to find a buyer, sacking 8% of its workforce, and shedding its Vine short video platform, the company's COO has now announced that he will be stepping down. "After 6 years and a once-in-a-lifetime run, I let Jack know that I am ready to change gears and do something new outside the company," Bain announced on the social network. "It’s been a privilege to have played a role in helping build something so special." Adam Bain had been a mainstay at Twitter since 2010 Bain's...

  • #Elections2016: Twitter reacts to Donald Trump win

    The last few states are still trickling in, but Donald Trump has won the 2016 US Elections, as Hillary Clinton called him to concede defeat. There's no doubting that this may have been the most dramatic US election in recent memory, surpassing the infamous 2000 elections between George W Bush and Al Gore. But what did Twitter make of the results? Dear Americans, Canadian immigration web site is not crashing we shut it down. Sysadmin/IT team, Canada. #Elections2016 — nixCraft # (@nixcraft) November 9, 2016 That moment when 9/11 and 11/9 are the greatest disasters for America! #ElectionNight #USElection2016 #Elections2016 #electionday — TWylie (@TWylie_) November 9, 2016 BREAKING:...

  • Block (or improve) US Elections coverage with these tips

    If you don't have an internet connection at home, a TV that hasn't worked since 2004, and a mobile phone that's even older than that, it might be easy to escape the 2016 US Elections. Well, that is, if you don't switch on the radio. But what if you're forced to use the net, watch television or communicate with people in the outside world? Although we can't control the latter, we can give you tips on how to block Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the seemingly excessive coverage of this year's US Elections. And here's how to do just that. Do you...

  • Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: who’s the next US president of social media?

    It's the big day tomorrow. The day when millions of the United States' citizens will take to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (oh, and a few others too). And while the people at the polls will decide the country's fate, social media has also played a huge role in this year's US presidential race. That's right. Twitter and Facebook have both been integral to Clinton and Trump's campaigns thus far. With help from social media analytics firm Quintly, we take a look at key takeaways that shed some light on how Donald Trump and Hilary...

  • Weekend News: Guy Fawkes, Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma & more

    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). Donald Trump rushed off stage at Nevada rally Donald Trump was rushed off stage at a Reno rally on Saturday after reports that a man in the crowd had a gun. According to The Guardian, some people in the crowd shouted "he's...

  • 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....

  • Turn your Vines into GIFs with GIPHY’s loop conversion tool

    Twitter might be turning its back on content creators, killing its short-loop video tool Vine, but other companies are seeing this death as an opportunity. One such company is GIPHY. The social GIF respository and search engine has launched a new tool that converts Vine loops into GIFs. Taking to Medium, GIPHY explains that it "wanted to add another fun way for loops to live on". "If you have a GIPHY account, you’ll be able to transfer over all of the Vines you’ve created with this new tool we just finished." Vine is the latest victim of Twitter’s crazy week Twitter, after shedding...

  • 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...

  • Weekend News: Sundowns are champions, Cameroon mourns

    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, Facebook and YouTube for good measure). Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (14 October – 15 October 2016). World News: DDoS leaves internet ailing Friday was a day of total chaos for many who rely on the internet, after one of the net's biggest DNS providers, Dyn, was attacked. The DDoS attack plunged its servers into disarray, and as...

  • Update: DDoS attack on Dyn DNS leaves internet crippled

    Update #5, 22 October, 12.30am: Dyn has issued its lengthiest update yet, revealing a few more details about the DDoS attack on its DNS service. "On Friday October 21, 2016 at approximately 11:10 UTC, Dyn came under attack by a large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against our Managed DNS infrastructure in the US-East region," the update reads. "Customers affected may have seen regional resolution failures in US-East and intermittent spikes in latency globally. Dyn’s engineers were able to successfully mitigate the attack at approximately 13:20 UTC, and shortly after, the attack subsided." "At roughly 15:50 UTC a second DDoS attack...

  • 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...