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Naspers accuses Google of dodging taxes

A unit of media giant Naspers has launched an extraordinary and blistering attack on Google, accusing the US Internet giant of not paying its fair share of taxes in South Africa. It says Google is making it hard for local digital publishers to compete because it transacts through an offshore entity

Duncan McLeod
WhatsApp, WeChat in race for IM dominance

There’s an online land grab of the sort not seen since the dot-com bubble taking place in the global instant messaging (IM) market. WhatsApp Messenger, WeChat (partly owned by South Africa’s Naspers), Hangouts, Skype and BlackBerry Messenger, along with several smaller

Dirk de Vos
SA must tackle net neutrality

The year has not started well for advocates of net neutrality, the idea that all data on the Internet should be treated equally, without discrimination. A US federal court struck down a key part of the Open Internet Order, a set of Federal Communications Commission regulations

Duncan McLeod
What’s in store in tech in 2014

Last year proved to be a little quiet on the technology front. Internationally, there were few major developments, at least in consumer electronics. Manufacturers continued to refine their televisions, smartphones, notebooks and tablets rather than cracking

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Masie, Nyati join AdvTech board

Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati and former Google sub-Saharan Africa boss Stafford Masie have been appointed to the board of JSE-listed education and recruitment company AdvTech. Nyati, who previously worked at IBM South Africa, and Masie, who is spearheading

Alistair Fairweather
Why wearables are computing’s future

For many technophiles, 2013 was a slightly disappointing year. Sure, there were one or two groundbreaking launches (such as Google Glass), but for the most part it was a year of consolidation rather than raw innovation. This year is likely to be more exciting as several waves of long-awaited

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SA’s top Google searches in 2013

Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away earlier this month, is the top trending South African search term on Google in 2013, the search engine giant announced on Tuesday as part of its annual Zeitgeist rankings. The court appearance of sportsman Oscar Pistorius and

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SA’s top YouTube videos of 2013

The horror truck accident on Fields Hill near Pinetown in Durban, posted by eNews Channel Africa, was the video South Africans watched the most on YouTube in 2013, Google, which owns the video platform, said on Wednesday. Globally, the world watched the The Fox more than 265m times

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Tech companies confront Obama over NSA

Eight leading American technology companies have joined forces to demand changes be made to US surveillance laws, calling for current laws and practices to be reformed in light of revelations of mass surveillance of Internet users’ activities by the National Security Agency. In a letter

Duncan McLeod
Snapchat valuation points to new bubble

It emerged this week, in an article in the Wall Street Journal, that Snapchat, a Californian start-up that develops a smartphone app of the same name popular among teens, recently spurned a US$3bn-plus all-cash offer from Facebook to buy it out. The offer value was at least three times the already

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