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Facebook’s unlikely competition in South Africa

Facebook has established itself as the western world’s dominant social media platform. While many other social media platforms have seen substantial growth in recent years, none have been able to challenge Mark Zuckerberg’s creation in terms of user numbers. South Africans are also big Facebook fans. The platform has historically dominated the social media landscape


Redux: A Vocabulary for the Almost-Lost

My dog died this week. It was entirely without warning; she was fine Saturday and on Sunday she collapsed, and then she was gone. I am shattered. I am in a state of constant saudade, a Portuguese word meaning the feeling of longing for something or someone you love that has been lost forever. I

The Internet Protection Agency, Content Moderation Division

A Facebook content moderator is suing the social network for psychological trauma after watching thousands of hours of toxic and disturbing content. “There is no long-term support plan when these content moderators leave. They are just expected to melt back into the fabric of society.” -“An online decency moderator’s advice: Blur your eyes”, Jane Wakefield, BBC

Canada Goose, American Dream

In the fall of 1969, somewhere in Ohio, scientists put a numbered plastic tag around the leg of a one year-old, female Canada goose, and released it into the wild. When it was eventually shot down in Ontario, in 2001, it was 33 years old — the oldest Canada goose to be recorded in the United States Geological Survey’s archive of bird longevity. 

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Intel reviews global supply chain amid US-China trade war

Intel Corp. is reviewing its global supply chain amid the growing trade war between the U.S. and China, Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan said Sunday. Intel doesn’t believe tariffs are an “effective way to drive global trade,” Swan said, and is encouraging the governments to engage in constructive dialogue — even as the company tries

Huawei braces for massive smartphone sales drop

Huawei is preparing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments as the Trump administration’s blacklisting hammers one of the Chinese tech giant’s most important businesses. China’s largest technology company is crunching internal estimates and exploring options including pulling the latest model of its marquee overseas label, the Honor 20, people familiar with

Samsung to invest in system chips and 6G networks

Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee said the company will pursue investment in future businesses including sixth-generation mobile networks and system semiconductors as the South Korean tech giant faces a rapidly changing global business environment that has already put pressure on profit. Lee, the company’s de facto leader, last week held discussions with

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