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  • 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...

  • 20 world airports that utterly hate Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7

    Samsung's having a right old crappy year. After the promise of its featured-packed Samsung Galaxy Note 7, its hopes to challenge Apple and others has quite literally gone up in smoke. Global recalls of its flagship phablet has resulted in a damaged brand image, huge financial losses and the possibility of a permanently shelved Note range. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. For the past two months, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and innocent bystanders in airports across the world, have been tweeting and Instagramming pictures of how airports and carriers are addressing the perceived threat of unstable smartphones. This...

  • 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...

  • Snapchat mulls IPO, with huge valuation – report

    Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is reportedly considering plans to issue an IPO. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", the IPO could value the company at US$25-billion "or more". The publication added that the offering could occur as early as late March 2017. Snapchat joins Twitter in the financial fray It's not the only social player engaging in serious financial talks either, as Twitter is expected to field acquisition bids this week. According to the publication, Salesforce is emerging as one of the more prominent potential buyers. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is seeking Twitter's treasure chest of data and its brand,...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #79: Blackberry, Motorola, Ventureburn’s Pitching Den & Twitter

    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 Graham van der Made and Matthew Alexander. We discuss the death of Blackberry's smartphone division and the news that Lenovo's Moto-branded devices are finally coming to South Africa next month. On the Ventureburn front, we talk about the Ventureburn Pitching Den at this past weekend's Innovation Summit. For Memeburn lovers, we talk Disney's thoughts about buying Twitter and, finally, the FIA World Rallycross Championships is coming to South Africa in 2017 for Motorburn fans. What...

  • 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...