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  • The Star newspaper falls for a fictional brutal death story told on Twitter

    On 8 January 2016, a Twitter user by the name of January 21st (@JustKhuthi) began tweeting a 70-tweet long story about a gruesome killing of a girl named Kamogelo Peterson (Kamo). The first tweet was on 8 January 2016 and the rest followed on 10 January 2016. Twitter users were aghast and offered their sympathies. The handle @JustKhuthi retweeted some of the reactions using the hashtag #RIPKamo. The Star newspaper picked up on the story and published it as news. It has now emerged that the story is a work of fiction. According to the story, Kamogelo Peterson had...

  • Weekly Round Up #46: Racism on social media, Netflix in Africa, CES and Twitter’s 10K characters

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, in our very first podcast for the year 2016, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about the recent racism rows on the South African Twitter streets, Netflix coming to South Africa and other 130 African countries, CES and Twitter's 10K characters. Read more below: Estate agent calls black people ‘monkeys’ in racist Facebook post This viral Facebook post is the perfect shutdown to SA’s beach racists #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology Standard Bank economist in...

  • #ZumaMustFall: South Africans voice concern, frustration after Nene axing

    Twitter is filled with tweets voicing people's concern and frustration over South Africa's future. This comes after the surprise announcement by President Jacob Zuma in sacking the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene. As the trend goes these days, many South Africans used the hashtag #ZumaMustFall to direct their anger and shock towards their president. According to Curator, over 18 500 tweets with the hashtag #ZumaMustFall has been sent over the last 24 hours. As the tweet count for #ZumaMustFall spiked, so did the dollar-to-rand exchange rate. The rand's value dropped from its already weak R14.89 to R15.13 against the US dollar. At...

  • #UFOSA sighting, crash site is an elaborate marketing campaign by FutureLife, Clover

    Twitter was in a state of confusion over the past weekend in South Africa, when people started reporting UFO sightings around the country. Images and videos, along with the hashtag #UFOSA, caught what appeared to be a green light hovering over Sandton, Johannesburg as well as parts of Cape Town and Durban. While theorists suggested it to be part of a marketing campaign for HSBC Cape Town Sevens to take place in December, others naturally pointed to aliens. Now that South Africans have finally discovered the "crash site", it seems we have finally uncovered the truth. Fact or Fiction? Aliens spotted...

  • Weekly Round Up #43: Paris attacks, AfricaCom, YouTube Offline, Is Cape Town the best startup hub?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor, Andy Walker and Staff Reporter, Jacques Coetzee. The team discusses the Paris attacks and the backlash Facebook faced for deploying its Safety Check tool there but not elsewhere. The team wonders about the ethics of brands exploiting the various conversations about Paris that dominated social networks to sell any Paris related item. Also up for discussion this week is the 18th annual AfricaCom 2015 conference, YouTube introducing its offline capabilities to the South...

  • Multiple users report mass Twitter outage [update]

    Update: Twitter connectivity has been restored for us at least in South Africa, including Twitter.com and Tweetdeck. If you're still experiencing issues, drop us a comment below. One of the world's most popular web services has just gone offline. Based on posts on Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit, the site dropped off the grid just before 12:00 South African time. The last time Twitter's domain faced an outage was in September this year. The outage lasted for about an hour. In the same month, the world also experienced a mass Skype outage as well, which plunged much of the conference call world into...

  • Weekly Round Up #41: Mxit closure, Venture Capital, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financials

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker, Sales Manager Nick Thomson, and Staff Reporters Graham van de Made and Jacques Coetzee. The team discusses the collapse of Mxit, SAVCA's survey on Venture Capital in South Africa, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financial reports for the Q4 2015. The team talks about what games, television series, movies they are looking forward to playing and things get awkward when Stu reveals that he is looking forward to playing a...

  • 10 of our favourite snaps from the blood-red #SuperMoon eclipse

    Stargazers from the Americas, Europe and Africa were over moon this weekend, as they stared through their phones' screens to capture and share a very special astronomical event. Not only did the lunar eclipse make the moon appear red, the moon also passed closest to the Earth's surface -- appearing 14% larger than usual. The so-called supermoon or bloodmoon event is a rare celestial occurrence which was last observed in 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. Of course, the early 1980's lacked today's advanced telescopic and photographic equipment, meaning that this is the first time the Instagram and Twitter...

  • Instagram scandal: Grove on ‘unpaid leave’, Cape Town Partnership boss speaks out

    In the wake of the Skye Grove Instagram scandal, the CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Wednesday issued a statement in support of Grove in her capacity as head of communications of the organisation. In an email circular to the Cape Town Partnership community Makalima-Ngewana writes: “I believe that Skye’s actions in her private life have not detracted from the value she adds to our organisation. Nor do I have reason to believe that she’s been responsible for any misdemeanors in the course of her work at the Cape Town Partnership.” The Cape Town partnership is a public-private-NGO, formed...

  • Governments want your data badly, Twitter says requests have increased 52%

    That government wants your data is by no means a secret. But it's a little disturbing that its use of public social networks to get this data is on the rise . In its latest transparency report, Twitter says that the number of request from government for user data has increased to 52% during the first half of 2015. Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Senior Manager of Global Legal Policy, notes that this is the biggest increase between reporting periods Twitter has ever seen. Twitter says that from January to June this year, 56% of all worldwide requests for account information...

  • Bic SA #HappyWomensDay poster stirs up social media, misses the point

    Probably one of the most renowned brands in the niche world of ballpoint pens, Bic is the latest company to cause a stir on social media. Its social media shoutout to #HappyWomensDay just backfired after it tweeted a poster with a controversial quote. The Bic-branded image is of a stock imaged young professional women with the following tagline: "Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss." Needless to say, this sentiment didn't go unnoticed and the brand was at the end of an immediate backlash. After deleting the tweet and removing the Facebook post,...

  • Twitter is testing a dedicated News tab for mobile

    Twitter has released a new feature aimed at showing off the top News of the day, something that could be part of its efforts to up revenue in the face of falling stock prices. Though the feature is only in testing phase, it gives an indication of where Twitter intends to go, in a space where users can use it not only for Tweets but for general news too. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter is yet to confirm all the details but it has admitted that it is testing such a feature. The News tab will offer trending news at the...

  • Periscope for iOS gets Handoff support, ability to mute notifications and more

    Twitter has released a new update to its live-streaming app Periscope, which sees it get a bunch of fresh and reworked features. The most important of these new features is the ability to mute notifications. There is no doubt that notifications can get too much, making one, every now look at their phones, and find a meaningless notification. Periscope says that this update is important to its user functionality. “We think it’s important to respect this power, and give users granular control over the notifications they receive while still providing the flexibility of seeing more content on Periscope.” the...

  • Twitter introduces new data dashboard to help you monitor and manage your account

    Twitter, of late, has been beset with problems. First its CEO left and then the rumours that Twitter might be bought reared their ugly head again, affecting its share price. Something is certainly amiss. In the interim, Twitter is getting on with it, dusting itself off, and introducing new features to the platform. The latest one is the Twitter data dashboard, introduced yesterday. The company says that this is a new tool to help users to monitor and manage their accounts. Much of the latest changes by Twitter have been bland and something huge is needed and this, as...

  • Donald Trump accidentally tweets Nazi soldiers in campaign poster

    If you imagine a campaign poster for any 21st century presidential candidate with some Nazi soldiers on it, alarm bells would probably go off. US billionaire Donald Trump -- together with his profound facial expressions, hairpiece and controversial statements -- tweeted a rather strange campaign poster to his 3.2 million followers recently. He then went on to lead the polls for the 2016 US presidential race. The low-budget looking poster, apparently slapped together by an intern, is a montage of Trump's face, the waving Stars and Stripes, with an acute reenactment of Nazi soldiers marching around. Because 'Murica... We've seen a lot...