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  • These are the highlights from Kanye’s tweetstorm about Drake

    Kanye West has tweeted more than 120 times in the past 12 hours, as the simmering rivalry between the Chicago-born rapper and Canadian rapper Drake reignited. And yes, it's a long story. The beef itself stems from Kanye West's production involvement in Pusha T's recent album in which the latter spits acid over Drake's unannounced child with a former adult actress, and his newfound angry guy persona. In Kanye's tweetstorm, he tells Drake that he did not "tell Pusha about your son" and that he's been "trying to meet with you for 6 months". But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Kanye later...

  • Twitter just loves Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s African Content Movement

    It's pretty fashionable to launch your own political party in South Africa nowadays. The latest public figure to do just that is former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Today, the African Content Movement (ACM) lurched into being just a few days after former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille launched her new party, called GOOD. But de Lille's party received nothing but good puns on Twitter. (That good pun was entirely intentional). Motsoeneng's was met with a bevy of opinion. A swathe of users were defiantly "nope". To think the will be people voting for him 🚶🚶🚶#HlaudiMotsoeneng pic.twitter.com/ALR3JnH1yu— Lerato Mjali (@LeratoMjali) 13 December 2018 https://twitter.com/Penuel_N_Nkosi/status/1073144242636234757 While...

  • Record-breaking YouTube Rewind 2018 racks up 10m dislikes in six days

    It's taken just under a week, but finally, YouTube Rewind 2018 has lived up to the hype. It's now the platform's most hated video ever published. With 10-million dislikes, it has usurped Justin Bieber's 2010 hit "Baby" while becoming the first video in the platform's history to rack up an eight-digit dislike total. It's not exactly surprising either. On 10 December -- just four days after it was published -- it became the second most disliked video on the video platform. Feature image: screenshot, YouTube Rewind 2018 via YouTube

  • Cape Town’s December dam levels decline, but there are positives

    As of 10 December 2018, Cape Town's dams are 69.5% full, declining by 0.9% over the previous week. This may seem like a substantial loss, but digging a bit deeper into the City of Cape Town's latest dam report (pdf), you'll find that it's not all doom and gloom. As Level 3 water restrictions are in place -- since the beginning of December -- the overall daily water consumption of the city remains below 550-million litres per day. The City's current consumption target for agriculture and urban use is 650-million. The knock-on effect is positive. According to the City's dam storage vs....

  • Update: Shooting in Strasbourg shocks Twitter worldwide

    Update, 9am, Wed 12 Dec: According to Reuters, at least three people have been killed, with 12 people wounded. The 29-year-old suspect was reportedly on a French security watchlist, and remains at large. It's also not clear if he is till sin France. French interior minister Christophe Castaner announced in a press conference that the country's national security threat level has been raised to its highest status. The lockdown on the European Parliament complex has also since been lifted. Original article: The French city of Strasbourg began trending on Twitter Tuesday night after gunshots were fired at a Christmas market. According to a BBC...

  • Ghidorah makes Godzilla look like a gecko in new ‘King of the Monsters’ trailer

    This new flick really should've been called "Godzilla versus King Ghidorah and friends" but King of the Monsters will just have to do. Godzilla: King of the Monsters got its second and much darker trailer this week, featuring all the heavy hitters you've come to expect from an ensemble monster flick. Actually, I shouldn't call them monsters. They're titans. Gods. And they're pretty sick of the "human infection" plaguing the Earth. Mothra makes an appearance. Rodan is present too. But the real clash on screen are the two monsters mentioned on line one. Alongside the frightening and angry pixels, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger...

  • Uber launches 24/7 hotline in South Africa

    Uber South Africa has launched a telephonic support line which will be available around the clock throughout the festive season. According to a press release published on Monday, the company explained that the line can be used by passengers, current drivers, or those who wish to become drivers to voice concerns or ask questions. The hotline is only available through the Uber app's "Help" section. In the case of an emergency, the company still asks that drivers and riders call 10111, South Africa's emergency and police hotline. Feature image: Memeburn

  • Donald Trump’s really owning this ‘smocking gun’ misspelling

    US President Donald Trump on Monday posted a tweet that has people flipping through dictionaries and thesauri once again. Continuing his tirade against the Democrats and former FBI director James Comey, Trump tweeted that the former cannot find a "smocking gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia". "That's because there was NO COLLUSION," he added, caps included. “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,... — Donald...

  • See Andy Serkis play Theresa May and Gollum in this Brexit cross-over event

    Andy Serkis is a living legend. When he's not winning Oscars for becoming an emotive clump of living pixels, he's doing Theresa May impressions in the voice of Gollum and Smeagol of Lord of the Rings fame. In a video published on Sunday, the "Prime Minister" -- presumably possessed by the spirit of the disfigured and slighly evil hobbit -- receives a copy of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a near 600-page long document that details how the UK will pull out of the EU. Serkis then begins what might be the best cross-over event in history. "We's in a nasty mess my...

  • South Africa (finally) gets its first locally-made Netflix Original

    Netflix has today announced that South Africa will get its first locally-produced and directed Netflix Original in the form of Queen Sono. Starring Pearl Thusi -- who has appeared on Netflix before in the movie Catching Feelings -- will star as a "kickass female spy". "Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you," she added in a tweet. #QueenSono - Africa’s first @netflix original ! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store for you ! @NetflixSA pic.twitter.com/z0LtRTbspv— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) 10 December 2018 According...

  • YouTube Rewind 2018 is now YouTube’s second-most disliked video ever

    YouTube Rewind 2018, in its four days of existence, has shattered a remarkable but unflattering record. The video, which was published on Friday, is now the video company's second-most disliked video ever, with more than 6.8-million dislikes. It's also the most disliked non-music video in YouTube history too. Only Justin Bieber's "Baby" has more dislikes on the platform (at 9.7-million), and Rewind 2018's less than 2.9-million dislikes away from taking its crown. The video's now more hated than "Despacito" -- the most watched video in YouTube history -- Rebecca Black's "Friday", and that Call of Duty trailer from 2016. Rewind traditionally recaps platform's year-that-was,...

  • A whole lot of Jellyfish are washing up on Cape Town’s beaches

    If you're heading to one of Cape Town's beaches this weekend, you may find that much of the fluffy white sand is actually covered in jellyfish. Over the past few weeks, a vast number of the sea creatures have washed up on some of the city's beaches. The Two Oceans Aquarium on Thursday detailed the phenomenon in a blog post, which has been recorded at Milnerton Beach, Lagoon Beach, Melkbosstrand, Bloubergstrand, as well as some beaches along False Bay. The cause is not yet understood. View this post on Instagram 🐙🌊🐙🌊🐙 #qualle#kapstadt#bloubergstrand#südafrika#strand#sommer#sonne#urlaub A post shared by San Dy (@x_san_dy_x) on Dec 4, 2018 at...

  • Cape Town and surrounds enjoyed a wet week in December

    It might be December, but parts of the Western Cape had a particularly wet week according to rainfall figures released by the South African Weather Service on Friday. From Wednesday through to Friday morning, certain high-lying areas of the Cape received notable precipitation. Between 8am on Thursday and 8am Friday, Kirstenbosch, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, received 46mm of rainfall. On Wednesday, it received an additional 2mm of rain. Further inland, Wellington, Paarl, Ceres and Langebaan all received more than 10mm between Thursday and Friday morning. 24 hour #rainfall measured at 8:00 this morning. @ReenvalSA pic.twitter.com/cKbz4zKU7u — SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) December...

  • Uber is now more expensive to use in South Africa

    As of Friday 7 December, your Uber trip to the airport and back is going to cost a bit more than it did before. The ridesharing company announced on its blog that fares will be adjusted to make the service a more "reliable economic opportunity for drivers, as well as an affordable option for riders". "For driver-partners, this will help to ensure that they are able to maximise their earnings while on the road," the company added. "The change in fare prices will allow driver-partners to earn more in order to make up for the rising cost of business and living...

  • The brief timeline of Kevin Hart’s 2019 Oscars Twitter fiasco

    Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars, but on Friday he stepped down from the role after a slew of old homophobic tweets resurfaced. A number of tweets posted some ten years ago were shared by Guardian US journalist Benjamin Lee, and other users on the social network. Many of the tweets screenshot in the post were deleted on Thursday. I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZbYG6SI3Xm — Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) 5 December 2018 Buzzfeed reporter Adam B. Vary too trawled Hart's Twitter account more thoroughly on Wednesday -- when...