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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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iPhone, Android BBM downloads top 10m

BlackBerry appears to have scored a hit among Android and iPhone users with its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application. According to the company, the long-delayed app has been downloaded more than 10m times in just 24 hours after release on the two platforms

Duncan McLeod
The astonishing rise of Naspers

Naspers is within a whisker of smashing through R1 000/share for the first time and reaching a market capitalisation of R400bn thanks to an 80%-plus surge in its share price in the past 12 months. The growth in its value in recent years has been nothing short of

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Tencent now a $100bn company

The market capitalisation of Tencent has rocketed through US$100bn for the first time, helping lift the share price of South Africa’s Naspers, which holds a one-third stake in the fast-growing Chinese Internet company, nearer to the R1 000/share level. In trading in Hong Kong on Tuesday

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Meet Naspers’s geek in chief

DStv Online CEO John Kotsaftis, 41, is the quintessential geek. He tells me as much when I sit down to interview him in one of the boardrooms at DStv Online’s offices in Randburg, Johannesburg. His love of technology started with a friend’s gaming console. “He got an Atari

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Tencent boom for Naspers

Naspers’s decision, 12 years ago, to buy a stake in Chinese instant-messaging, entertainment and online advertising company Tencent continues to pay big dividends for the South African-headquartered media and technology group. Financial results published on Tuesday

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Naspers leaps on Tencent numbers

Media and technology group Naspers’s share price touched fresh record highs on Wednesday after China’s largest Internet company, Tencent, in which it holds a 34% stake, beat analysts’ expectations in the first quarter. According to Bloomberg, net income of just over 4 billion

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TalkCentral: Ep 76 – ‘Bruised’

What’s up with Apple’s share price? That’s the question we ask in the third TalkCentral podcast of 2013. Your hosts, Duncan McLeod and Craig Wilson, bring you another packed episode of news and app picks as well as winners and losers. On the agenda this week, we speculate about Apple’s

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Tencent makes move on Africa

China’s Tencent, in which JSE-listed Internet and media group Naspers holds a 35% stake, appears to have designs on the African market and is preparing to ramp up focus on South Africa and Africa more broadly with its WeChat platform. Tencent, well known in China for its QQ

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DStv, Internet lift Naspers

Pay television and e-commerce have paid off for Naspers in the six months ended 30 September 2012, with core headline earnings for the period rising to R4,1bn, from R3,5bn a year ago. Pay-TV subsidiary MultiChoice, which operates DStv, grew its subscriber base by 393 000 subscribers, giving it a base

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