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Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane unveils a new White Paper for Science and Technology

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane unveils a new White Paper for Science and Technology

In March the Cabinet approved the new White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). This new roadmap, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DST), identifies the fourth industrial revolution as a key focus, placing STI at the centre of the country’s development agenda. Last September, DST put out the draft policy document for public…

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The dangers of fake news recognised

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on The dangers of fake news recognised

In the run-up to the SA Elections next month, concern has been expressed over the use of fake news and trolls to influence the results. After all Cambridge Analytica, before it filed for bankruptcy last year, admitted to the US Senate that it had experimented successfully on its ability to influence elections, testing in a…

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A peek inside Amazon

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on A peek inside Amazon

Jeff Bezos gave his annual report to shareholders recently. He pointed out that some of the Amazon investments had failed, but the lessons have helped grow the company. The next big investment will be to increase its TV streaming services. According to Marketplace Pulse’s recent study based on customer reviews, Amazon’s structure is very defuse:…

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Instagram weighs the pros and cons of ecommerce

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Instagram weighs the pros and cons of ecommerce

According to a recent interview with Instagram, the ad business is still its primary focus — but Instagram will increasingly push users to shop on the app. Instagram’s focus will be on scaling the ecommerce business. Instagram is pushing ecommerce because the market opportunity is far greater than marketing. In 2018, US retail ecommerce sales…

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African Infrastructure gets a boost from Facebook and other news from around Africa

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on African Infrastructure gets a boost from Facebook and other news from around Africa

Facebook is in talks to develop an underwater data cable that would cover the African continent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The project has been called Simba and it is estimated that it will cost over $1bn. The aim of the project is to drive down Facebook’s bandwidth costs and to…

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