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“How I hacked DStv”

When security researcher Bright Gameli Mawudor stumbled upon a treasure trove of MultiChoice credentials on the open Internet, his attempts to disclose it responsibly were met with legal threats. Mawudor was a speaker at the recent MyBroadband CyberSec Conference. He is the head of Cyber Security Services at Internet Solutions in Kenya, and the co-founder

Lifestyle

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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Business

US-China trade war escalation causes Apple shares to plummet

Semiconductor companies and Apple Inc. fell sharply on Friday, as the trade war between the U.S. and China continued to escalate. China’s Ministry of Finance said the country plans to levy retaliatory tariffs on another $75 billion of U.S. goods, pressuring the securities in pre-market trading. Their losses were extended following the open, after President

Naspers gets enough votes for Prosus listing

Naspers Ltd. received enough votes from shareholders to proceed with an Amsterdam listing of assets including a $125 billion stake in Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. Africa’s largest company by market value secured sufficient backing after a vote in Cape Town on Friday, according to company secretary Gillian Kisbey-Green. Naspers needed at least 75%

Kwesé parent company up for sale

Econet Wireless Ltd. of Zimbabwe has put its media unit up for sale after saying earlier this month it would be closed because of a shortage of foreign currency in the country. Ernst & Young Ltd. said in a newspaper advertisement on Friday that it will oversee offers for all or part of the company’s

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World News

Vast ‘pumice raft’ found drifting through Pacific Ocean

Image copyright MICHAEL HOULT Image caption Sailor Michael Hoult was one of the first to report the volcanic rock raft A vast “raft” of volcanic rocks stretching over 150 sq km (93 sq miles) is drifting through the Pacific Ocean, scientists say. The sea of pumice – the size of 20,000 football fields – was

Asian stocks drop as US-China trade war escalates

Image copyright Getty Images Asian stock markets sank on Monday after a sharp escalation in the US-China trade war rattled investors. On Friday, US President Donald Trump announced tariff hikes on effectively all Chinese imports to the US. It came after Beijing said it would impose fresh duties and raise tariffs on US imports into

Amazon fires: G7 leaders close to agreeing plan to help, says Macron

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Will Grant describes the view of the devastation from above as “disturbing” International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are reportedly nearing an agreement to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday a deal to provide “technical and

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