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  • #PanayiotouTrial: SA awaits justice for Jayde Panayiotou

    Update 4.40pm: Christopher Panayiotou has been found guilty of murder. His accomplice Sinethemba Nemembe was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. They will be sentenced on 17 November. Original article: It's been quite the week for South African men accused of killing or conspiring to kill their family, and the nation is ready for justice to finally be served in at least one case. As Henri van Breda -- accused of murdering three family members with an axe and severely injuring his younger sister -- testifies as the defence's final witness in his own case, Christopher...

  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...

  • Twitter hits 330m MAUs in Q3 2017, sees booming ad engagement

    It's that time of year when the big tech companies announce their third quarter (Q3) financial results, and Twitter just happens to be on that very long list. The social network hasn't been enjoying a positive 2017 thus far, but its latest results suggests a mini turnaround of sorts is currently in progress. Twitter grew its monthly active userbase by 4% year-on-year (compared to Q3 2016), and now hosts 330-million monthly users. That's a four-million user increase from the previous quarter, which the company also made a point of correcting. "Reported average MAU reflects an adjustment for approximately 1-2 million users per...

  • 13 Twitter accounts to follow for #FeesMustFall2017

    Fees Must Fall 2017 has already kicked off on three South African campuses, marking the third year of protests for free tertiary education. So if you're looking to stay on top of the events at the various universities, here are 13 Twitter accounts to help you keep up with the quickly unfolding situation. The official accounts CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Campus update This week has been punctuated by sporadic flare ups in violence which private security have... https://t.co/8UVmyEdQMr — CPUT (@CPUT) October 26, 2017 CPUT's official account mainly offers links to official statements on Facebook. It provides updates on previous happenings (like how security was "forced...

  • Jack Parow’s friend stabbed by taxi driver while waiting for an Uber

    The war between metered taxi drivers and Uber operators shows no signs of abating any time soon. And the latest incident has left a customer bloodied. South African recording artist Jack Parow took to Twitter early Monday, stating that his friend, Dirk Agenbag, was stabbed while waiting for an Uber in Johannesburg. "Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the uber! (sic)" he tweeted. Ysterday my chom @DirkAgenbag ordered an @Uber_RSA, whle waiting, a taxi driver stabbed him! Wht does uber do?Tells him to get out the...

  • #Matric2017: SA wishes students well on Twitter

    Can you remember the nerves you felt when walking into that exam venue to write your final paper? Twitter does, and has subsequently bestowed messages of luck to South Africa's Matrics beginning their final exams today. #Matric2017 began trending early Monday on the social network, as users across the country joined together to talk about something that isn't direly depressing for a change. Politicians, Twitterati and universities lead the conversation as ANC MEC Lindiwe Sisulu wished the students "all the best" while calling them the "future of this nation". Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip reiterated that the students' "hard work...

  • Donald Trump claims he wouldn’t be president without social media

    In a world devoid of Twitter and other social media platforms, would Donald Trump be the president of the United States? Probably not, and that's coming from the man himself. Speaking in an interview on Sunday with Fox Business Network, the US President explained that without social media, he may not have won the presidency. "Tweeting is like a typewriter -- when I put it out, you put it immediately on your show," he told the interviewer. "I doubt I would be here if weren’t for social media, to be honest with you (sic)." Trump claimed that social media allows him to bypass...

  • Twitter’s year-end calendar outlines steps to make it safer

    The year I stopped getting advent calendars in December was a sad one. Not only did it mean I was getting old, but the joy of going to sleep every night knowing a chocolate was waiting for me the next day was a feeling I'd sorely miss. But now there's a new calendar in town as we creep towards the Christmas season: one not filled with chocolates, but rather Twitter's updates on its safety work. And really, who can say which one is better? In a blog post Thursday, the company wrote that it had "far too often in the past said ...

  • Everyone is making fun of the Han Solo movie title

    It's inevitable that if you drag something out long enough and don't deliver the goods, people are going to be left unsatisfied -- and that's just what director Ron Howard did when he revealed the title of the standalone Han Solo film. Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr — Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017 Solo: A Star Wars Film is not only a very anticlimactic title, but it was also guessed by fans months ago when they found pictures of the crew's merchandise. I guess those #SOLO crew shirts that popped up online in June WERE real, just the logo design was very...

  • #MeToo trends in SA as women share stories of sexual harassment

    Over the weekend, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet the hashtag #MeToo if they had ever been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused -- and by Tuesday morning it was trending in the top spot in South Africa. Just finished reading #Khwezi and decided to come detox on these streets. Then I see #MeToo. Women are going through the most 😭😭😭 — Thabi Pebane (@Thabip) October 16, 2017 The hashtag is in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal that revealed Hollywood's deep sexual harassment problem. Weinstein, one of the most influential producers in the industry, was found by The New York Times to have...

  • Watch astronauts goof off on the ISS with a fidget spinner

    The fidget spinner craze is all but over, but astronauts aboard the International Space Station are only now experiencing the joys of the toy. A video posted on Friday by astronaut Randy Bresnik demonstrates how much fun fidget spinners can be in a low-gravity environment. "A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I'm not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!" tweeted Bresnik. Not bound by Earth's atmosphere or air resistance that comes with it, the spinners just go on spinning, and spinning, suspended in the low-gravity environment of the ISS. The astronauts...

  • #Ophelia: Ireland prepares for storm by posting memes on Twitter

    The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia is currently battering the south-western coastline of Ireland, but much of the country doesn't seem to be taking it very seriously. #Ophelia is currently trending worldwide on Twitter at present, and obviously in Ireland. But while that hashtag does include updates on the storm, alerts and citizen reports, it also includes a healthy dosage of memes. The snarky comments emanating from the emerald isle is as humourous as it is worrying, considering that Ex-Ophelia (as the UK Met Office is calling her) is still packing wind gusts in excess of 170km/h. This must be a the strongest...

  • Twitter user figures out how to block Nazis from your feed

    Twitter users have been calling for the removal of Nazis on the platform for ages, but sometimes when the powers-that-be won't help, you have to find your own solutions. That's exactly what user @christopeterso did when she changed her country setting to Germany. One Weird Trick to get nazi imagery off twitter pic.twitter.com/pCDvRu5JwY — MicHELL🔥Spookcault (@christapeterso) October 12, 2017 Germany has strict laws about promoting Nazi imagery and ideology, and so have banned that kind of content online. To de-Nazify your own timeline today, head over to your settings, make sure you're on the account tab, and scroll down to "content" to change your country. Content...

  • #WomenBoycottTwitter to protest Rose McGowan’s suspension

    Some women on Twitter are taking a leave of absence from the platform on Friday the 13th to protest actress Rose McGowan's suspension for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein and his company's board. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter was adopted Thursday evening and was intended to take effect from midnight in New York. The intention is to limit Twitter's ad revenue for a day as fewer users log on. Many high-profile Twitter users have stood in solidarity with the boycott, and by Friday morning it was trending number one worldwide. #IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow. https://t.co/XTXtFMv2CM — Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 13,...

  • Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after speaking against Weinstein Co.

    Actress Rose McGowan, who has been using her Twitter account to speak out against Hollywood production studio The Weinstein Company, has had her account temporarily disabled. TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT Last week, The New York Times revealed that powerful producer Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual harassment accusers for decades. Rose McGowan was one of the first women to disclose that she had signed a settlement with Weinstein after an "episode in a hotel room" in 1997, and has been using...