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Striking Telkom workers have refused to hand over their memorandum of grievances to anyone but CEO Reuben September. “Re eme mo mona, ga re tsitsinyege [we are standing here, we are not moving],” they sang during a march to Telkom headquarters in Pretoria on Wednesday, threatening to sleep there if September did not receive their memorandum in person. “We want Reuben, nothing else,” they shouted when they were told  that a company representative would accept the memorandum on September’s behalf. The angry workers booed their leaders’ suggestions to leave and arrange another date on which to hand over the memorandum.…

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I get really pissed off when there is good reason to change something but the status quo prevails because people who should know better spout nonsense about why there should be a change

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Hang around at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters for five or 10 minutes and someone dressed in khaki pants and a blue shirt is bound to tell you about the wonders of SharePoint — one of the company’s most successful and increasingly controversial lines of software, The New York Times reports. Think of SharePoint as the jack-of-all-trades in the business software realm. Companies use it to create websites and then manage content for those sites. It can help workers collaborate on projects and documents. And it has a variety of corporate search and business intelligence tools too. Continue to article…

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In this episode our geeks are spread out across SA. Simon Dingle, Jon Tullett and Will Hahn are in Cape Town for Gartner Symposium 2009, Brett Haggard is in Durban for Microsoft TechEd and Duncan McLeod is in Johannesburg

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Jeremy Ord is looking more relaxed than he has in years. It’s not unsurprising. After the torrid years that followed the technology collapse earlier this decade, Didata has begun outperforming the expectations of investors and stock market analysts, and consistently so. In spite of the worst worldwide economic recession in decades, Didata’s share price is trading near to a multi-year high, and the Campus, it’s sprawling head office in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg, is a veritable hive of activity. Margins are still tight — the bumper profits of the late 1990s will probably never reoccur. But business is good, with…

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An analyst claims he has learned additional information suggesting a 2010 launch of Apple’s rumored tablet device, Wired News reports. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he has been in correspondence with an Asian component supplier working with Apple on its tablet. “Last week we spoke with an Asian component supplier that has received orders from Apple for a touch-screen device to be fulfilled by late [calendar year] 09,” Munster wrote in a report. “This data point underscores our thesis that a tablet will likely launch in early [2010].” Continue to article…

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Fixed-line telecommunications operator Telkom will terminate its secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange by the end of August. It’s a move that has been broadly welcomed by analysts, who say the listing adds unnecessary costs and robs management of valuable time. Telkom said in a JSE Sens news notice on Friday evening that it intends to file notice with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on or about August 17 with the intention of delisting 10 days later. The filings it plans to make will deregister and terminate Telkom’s reporting obligations under the Exchange Act for its American…

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Apple’s iTunes Store now sells a quarter of all music, both physical and digital, in the US. The venerable compact disc is on its last legs. But so too, it seems, is the record industry as digital piracy spirals. More than one in three songs sold in the US is done so digitally over the Internet. Digital downloads are expected to overtake CD sales within the next 18 months. Apple is now the largest retailer of music in the US, beating Wal-Mart’s 20% market share. CD sales are in freefall, and look headed the same way as vinyl. But online…

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