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  • YouTuber boxing match brings in 1.6m viewers

    A boxing match between YouTuber rivals KSI and Joe Weller, livestreamed Saturday night, was at its peak watched by 1.6-million viewers. Two days later, the recording has over 15.4-million views. In August last year, KSI challenged Weller to a fight after the latter beat another YouTuber, Theo Baker. I can confirm negotiations for the boxing match between myself vs KSI are underway. #WellerKSI 🥊 — Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) August 14, 2017 The two had shared friendly banter and collaborated on YouTube prior to the declaration, but their relationship soured -- or they realised there was more money to be made in animosity. In the...

  • YouTube CEO offers vague plans for 2018

    After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published a blog post highlighting the company's five priorities for 2018 -- but the post is littered with vague promises that don't tie the company down to tangible policy changes. The first priority, Wojcicki writes, is "transparency and communication". YouTube was met with criticism last year for its silence over issues like unexplained demonetisation and "Elsagate", which saw apparent kids videos depict violent imagery like suicides and self-harm. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has offered up vague promises for 2018 To fix it? YouTube will be doing much of the same. Wojcicki says that, along with blog...

  • Facebook lost daily active users in its most valuable markets

    Facebook rounded out a difficult 2017 by losing daily active users (DAUs) for the first time ever in the US and Canada, the company's most valuable markets. The number of DAUs in the region stood at 185 million in the third quarter and dropped just over 0.5% to 184 million by the fourth. Facebook lost daily active users in valuable markets, but the Zuck says it's all part of the plan It's unclear why the company took the hit. It may have to do with the way Russian actors targeted the platform to manipulate the 2016 US election, or Facebook may just have reached...

  • Pictures: the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ lights up social media

    There's something mythical about the Moon -- that little spherical ball roughly the size of Australia revolving around the Earth more or less once a month. Tonight, it's the centerpiece of a particularly storied event. 31 January 2018 sees the month's second full moon, commonly known as the "blue" moon. It coincides with the perigee of the Moon -- its closest point to Earth -- which is also known as the "supermoon". And finally, because of its positioning in relation to the Earth and the Sun, some will see a total lunar eclipse, and a reddish-tinted Moon as it passes through the Earth's...

  • Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads

    Facebook has said it will ban ads related to financial products and services like cryptocurrency, binary options and initial coin offerings. The move is a bid to "improve the integrity and security of ads", as it believes that many companies promoting cryptocurrrency are scams and not operating "in good faith". Facebook has issued a ban on cryptocurrency ads for fear of scams With its technical jargon and complicated premise, cryptocurrency is a natural medium for scammers to lure in the uninformed. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) -- which offer buyers the chance to get in on a new cryptocurrency before launch -- provide a barely-regulated avenue...

  • You can now schedule Instagram posts (but not from the app)

    You can now schedule posts to automatically publish on Instagram, even when you're asleep or far, far away from your device. But there's a tiny catch. Instead of switching on the feature for its more than 700-million users, the Facebook-owned social network will only make the feature available through its "Partner" services, like Hootsuite. These services are paid-for platforms used by social media managers and serious social engineers, that support Instagram's Graph API. Basically, businesses. Along with scheduled posts, businesses using Insta can now also "view posts they've been tagged in and view other business profiles," the company explained in a blog post. So, no....

  • Social data suggests the 2018 Grammy Awards may have got it wrong

    To say not everyone is happy about the winners at the 2018 Grammy Awards would be an understatement. In fact, based on commentary from both sides of the fence, I'd say that this edition was among the most divisive in recent years. Bruno Mars walked away with the big three honours: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. But while the songs and album did sell like hotcakes in 2017, the awards handed out on the night deviated considerably from internet opinion and data provided by Google Search and Twitter. Song of the Year winner...

  • Prepare to see more local news stories on Facebook this year

    Earlier this month, Facebook reevaluated its image as a social network rather than a media company, quelling its long-time urge to clog your news feed with content that's not created by friends. This seemingly signaled the beginning of the end for news on the site, but the company's head of news product Alex Hardiman explains that this isn't completely the case. News will still be a big priority for Facebook, but with a slight geographical tweak. "Today, we’re updating News Feed to also prioritize local news so that you can see topics that have a direct impact on you and your community...

  • White House issues tickets for the ‘State of the Uniom’

    We've all made a spelling error or two in our time, but there are a few occasions when you really, really want to make sure you proofread your work. Wedding invitations fall into this category, and some would say official tickets to the 115th US State of the Union address do too. Or should we say "State of the Uniom". Looking forward to tomorrow’s State of the Uniom. pic.twitter.com/xdBUU3Pvo5 — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 29, 2018 We can't remember the South African government ever getting it this wrong before SONA. NBC News confirms there was originally a spelling error on the tickets printed for guests...

  • This is what happens when you call the Gwara Gwara the stanky leg

    Rihanna lit up the Grammy stage last night with her performance of "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled, but it was her final dance move, the local Gwara Gwara, that really tickled South African senses. So when US-based publication Vulture.com called the move the stanky leg, it was met with an appropriate level of ire. Do the stanky leg. pic.twitter.com/nDPJFmY1zb — Vulture (@vulture) January 29, 2018 While the stanky leg adopts a similar stance, it is not the Gwara Gwara. The former sees the dancer move their leg in a circular motion and then alternate to the opposite leg. The local Gwara Gwara is a more...

  • Zille responds to DA criticism, states colonialism isn’t all bad

    I regret to inform you that Helen Zille is back on her bullshit. Last year, the Western Cape Premier ignited outrage when she defended colonialism on Twitter. And now, a year and one empty apology later, she's rehashed the argument in defense against DA criticism. Does Helen Zille care more about defending herself than her frustrated constituents? In March 2017, after attending an event in Singapore, Zille commented on what she believed were positive effects of colonialism. "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. (sic)," she wrote on Twitter. For those claiming...

  • Namibia’s ‘shithole’ video campaign reaches 600m users online

    Earlier this month, we uncovered a novel advertising campaign subverting Donald Trump's "shithole countries" remark. We thought it was pretty damn funny. And it seems that the world largely agrees. Published on Namibian rapper EES's YouTube channel and commissioned by the Gondwana Collection, the video gives viewers a tour of Namibia's "shithole" attractions, including the country's host of wildlife and natural beauty. It has now been viewed over 89 000 times on EES's channel, and more than 476 000 times on Gondwana Collection's. In a press release analytics firm Meltwater explained that more than 1000 articles were penned about the video, with...

  • #MarkFishChallenge: South African Twitter’s latest meme

    Former South African soccer player Mark Fish became the laughing stock of the web this week when he tweeted about jazz legend Hugh Masekela's passing on Tuesday. "We love you forever," Fish wrote. "Thank you!" The issue? The attached image was one of Fish with Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, who is still "very much alive". #MarkFish I am very much alive - oops ask my family or manager @MartinMyers or @BillyMonama - I am alive and well pic.twitter.com/5MWU2Hyhup — Hotstix (@siphohotstix) January 23, 2018 Fish deleted the tweet, apologised, and posted a picture of the real Masekela, but not before Twitter latched on with the #MarkFishChallenge. #MarkFishChallenge Black Coffee pic.twitter.com/PbcOLo33oE —...

  • Snapchat’s videos can now be shared outside the app

    After years of seeing its novel ideas ripped from its app by Facebook, Snap still has the moxie to develop new features for Snapchat. And its latest one could be its best yet. Some Snapchat Stories can now be shared with other internet users, even if they don't have a Snapchat account. This can be done using a share link generated in-app, and can be passed around other messaging platforms, internet forums, and other social networks with ease. Once clicked, the link takes visitors to an embedded player on Snapchat's web portal, where the clip can be viewed. And like Twitter and Facebook's...

  • Facebook Marketplace is now live in South Africa

    Facebook Marketplace is now available in South Africa... for some. Taking on the likes of OLX and Gumtree, Marketplace will allow users to formally buy and sell goods on the social network. From today for a select number of users, Facebook will boast a Marketplace icon in its navigation bar. Clicking it will take users to a page where they can browse goods, or put goods up for sale. According to the company, around 550-million users purchase and sell products on the social network. Anyone with a Facebook account can used the service, and it will require the usual information: an image of...