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Facebook – 2018 World Cup

I’m sure most are familiar with the fact that the biggest soccer spectacle is around the corner. The FIFA World Cup is a legacy tournament that has been in existence for quite a while now complete with various magical and priceless moments. For sports fans like me it goes without saying that I’m more than…

Facebook’s Aquila makes first flight

Here’s something a bit different and not too many people are aware of (yes including me initially) from popular social network Facebook. The company has been working on accelerating its efforts to bring internet connectivity to the four billion people around the world who are not yet online, with the goal of contributing to prosperity,…

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for R209 billion, BUT why?

The balance of power in the mobile messaging space is about to shift in a big way — Facebook has just announced plans to acquire WhatsApp for the equivalent of $19 billion (R209 billion) in cash and stock. The deal will see WhatsApp run semi-independently, much like Instagram. The chat service will maintain its brand and existing offices, but it…

Instant Messaging in South Africa; the way forward

The rapid growth of the WhatsApp instant messaging (IM) client and the decline in the volume of chat messages going through MXit over the past twelve months in South Africa, are indicative of the change in the way people are using their mobile phones to communicate with each other. Steven Ambrose, Strategy Worx CEO, says…

Hearty welcome as Telkom joins the social networks

No, I’m not in the mood to welcome Telkom on to twitter, for I have been holding for the past 18 minutes, 24 seconds (and counting) to be diverted to the correct ‘service consultant’. Mind you, I had to wait 15 minutes and 35 seconds for someone to initially answer my ‘important call’. Only after…

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