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TalkCentral: Ep 220 – ‘It’s just not cricket’

6 hours 32 min ago

On TalkCentral this week, Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg talk about the week's biggest technology news, including Telkom's earnings update, Netflix (briefly) becoming the world's most valuable technology

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mBTC, μBTC and satoshi: explaining bitcoin’s sub-units

10 hours 50 min ago

While most fiat currencies can be divided to one-hundredth of their values, bitcoin itself is presently divisible down to eight units. We explore what the terms “millibitcoins”, “bits” and “satoshi” mean, and what their place is within the Bitcoin network. When Satoshi Nakamoto released the bitcoin white paper, bitcoin was designed to be both a [...]

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Bitcoin ‘scam’ has SA police chasing billions

25 May, 2018

A unit of the South African Police Service said it’s started an investigation into an alleged cryptocurrency investment fraud that has affected more than 28 000 people and led to losses of more than R1bn. The allegations

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JSE-listed Sygnia to launch cryptocurrency exchange

25 May, 2018

Sygnia, the financial services group headed by outspoken businesswoman Magda Wierzycka, plans to launch a cryptocurrency exchange in the third quarter of 2018 that will allow its clients to trade in crypto assets

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BT could sell its fixed-line network

25 May, 2018

BT Group, the former phone monopoly under pressure to return to growth, is considering options for its UK fixed network after getting informal interest from private equity and infrastructure investors, according to

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Unearthing the rot at ‘failed entity’ Sassa

25 May, 2018

While state capture architects have profited from state-owned enterprises, South Africa might have missed the quiet ruin of another key organ of state. The South African Social Security Agency, which plays the critical

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Meet the CEO: Altron’s Mteto Nyati

25 May, 2018

Meet the CEO is a weekly feature on TechCentral. The aim is to introduce our readers to the people behind the news by providing insights into the leaders shaping South Africa’s ICT industry. Our ninth interview in

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Samsung must pay Apple $539m for patent infringements

25 May, 2018

Apple has won $539m from Samsung Electronics in the final throes of the companies’ US court struggle over smartphone technology, seven years after the start of a global patent battle. Apple sought about $1bn in a retrial of

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GDPR is here: regulators warn of big penalties

25 May, 2018

From technology giant Facebook to libraries and schools, organisations are now subject to the world’s most far-reaching data privacy regulation in a crackdown aimed at protecting people from losing control over

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Cryptos are tokens, not currency: SA Reserve Bank

25 May, 2018

South Africa’s central bank chooses to call digital currencies such as bitcoin “cyber-tokens” because they don’t meet the requirements to be classified as money. “We don’t use the term ‘cryptocurrency’ because it doesn’t

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Netflix now world’s most valuable media company

24 May, 2018

Netflix has soared past Walt Disney in market value on Thursday, taking the title of most valuable media company from the film, TV and theme-park giant. Shares of the video streaming service rose as much as 2% to

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Cell C CFO Tyrone Soondarjee resigns

24 May, 2018

Cell C chief financial officer Tyrone Soondarjee is stepping down at the end of the month, less than a year after joining the mobile operator. On a wide-ranging call with analysts on Thursday after markets closed, Soondarjee

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Musk should go ahead and build his ‘Pravda’

24 May, 2018

Elon Musk’s idea of creating a credibility rating site for journalists and media outlets seems wacky on the face of it. For one, the proposed name, Pravda, is cringe-making for a Soviet-born journalist like me. But not

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MTN reaffirms dividend despite Iran sanctions

24 May, 2018

MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter said on Thursday at the telecommunications operator’s annual general meeting of shareholders that it still expects to declare a full-year dividend for 2018 of R5/share despite impending US

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US to open criminal probe into cryptocurrency ‘manipulation’

24 May, 2018

The US justice department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up scrutiny of red-hot markets that critics say are rife

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Qualcomm set to unveil dedicated chip for AR, VR headsets

24 May, 2018

Qualcomm plans to unveil a dedicated chip to power standalone virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets as it seeks to break into new businesses beyond smartphones, according to people familiar with the

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Bitcoin slumps to below $7 500: this is why

24 May, 2018

Bitcoin fell to a six-week low, as selloff that began in early May dropped the cryptocurrency’s price below $7 500 for the first time since mid-April. Bitcoin slumped 7.3% to $7 495 as of 1.57pm in New York

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Uber buys South African tech firm in major exit

23 May, 2018

Uber Eats, the food delivery business of ride-hailing giant Uber, has acquired South African-owned restaurant technology company orderTalk in what is being billed as a significant exit for Cape Town-based venture capital investor

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Interview: Knife Capital’s Keet van Zyl

23 May, 2018

In this episode of the TechCentral podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Knife Capital investment partner Keet van Zyl about the company’s big exit of investment orderTalk to Uber Eats, announced on Wednesday. Van Zyl

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E.tv parent swings deep into the red with R1.6bn loss

23 May, 2018

eMedia Holdings, which indirectly owns e.tv, OpenView HD and 24-hour news channel eNCA, has report a R1.6bn loss for the 2018 financial year, from a profit in 2017 of R160m. Revenue fell from R2.3bn to R2.2bn

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