Trump executive order takes aim at social media firms

28 May 2020, 6:15 PM
US President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, an extraordinary attempt to intervene in the media that experts said was unlikely to survive legal scrutiny.
Huawei to allow foreign officials into its labs 22 January 2019, 4:09 PM

Liang told reporters at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that Huawei followed the laws of countries where it operates.

Dr Ndwakhulu Makhufhi
NMISA on an awareness campaign to educate S. Africans about metrology 22 January 2019, 2:20 PM

The National Metrology Institution of South Africa is the measurement institution for the country.

Deputy Communications Minister, Pinky Kekana
Rolling out digital technology in rural communities 22 January 2019, 9:55 AM

The communications ministry is embarking on a roll out of digital technologies in the Vhembe district of Limpopo this week.

Dry land
W Cape donates millions for drought relief 22 January 2019, 6:24 AM

The Western Cape Agriculture Department has availed more than R8 million in drought support to more than 580 farmers in the Central Karoo this month.

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe: WHO 21 January 2019, 8:53 PM

Europe must guarantee migrants better access to medical care, the World Health Organization urged Monday, and highlighted massive disparities in access to health services in different countries.

Global warming is fast becoming a cause for concern: IPCC 21 January 2019, 3:54 PM

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II (IPCC) says global warming is fast becoming a cause for concern and the world is running out of time.

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Forwarding WhatsApp texts to be limited to 5 recipients 21 January 2019, 12:18 PM

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumours", company executives said on Monday.

Heuningnes Redfin
Endangered Heuningnes Redfin found in Overberg 20 January 2019, 9:25 PM

A small population of critically endangered fresh water fish, the Heuningnes Redfin, has been found in fragmented river systems in the Overberg

Pope Francis
Prayer with the Pope just a click away with new app 20 January 2019, 5:39 PM

Pope Francis swiped a tablet on Sunday to launch a new app allowing the faithful to pray with him, and expressed his pain over the car bomb blast in Colombia and the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy.

Hans-Dieter Poetsch
Small electric cars may be unaffordable for some -VW chairman 20 January 2019, 3:18 PM

The move to electric vehicles will make cars significantly more expensive, meaning they may become unaffordable for people on low incomes in the future, the chairman of Volkswagen said in an interview published on Sunday.

Water reservoir
Stage five water restrictions for Sol Plaatjie municipality 20 January 2019, 11:08 AM

The water crisis facing Kimberley's Sol Plaatjie municipality in the Northern Cape has worsened leading to stage five water restrictions.

Rare blood wolf moon to be seen on Sunday 20 January 2019, 7:28 AM

A rare blood wolf moon eclipse will be seen in the skies across many parts of the world and in South Africa on Sunday night.

Vet operating on animal.
Measures needed to prevent medication theft at animal organisations 20 January 2019, 7:11 AM

The Animal Welfare Society says strict security measures are needed to prevent the theft of medication at animal welfare organisations across the country.

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FCS unit cautions against posting pictures of children online 19 January 2019, 6:44 PM

Parents flooded social media with pictures of their bundles of joy returning to school. Posting pictures of children online could compromise their security exposing them to paedophiles.

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Germany considering ways to exclude Huawei from 5G auction 19 January 2019, 4:02 PM

The German government is actively considering stricter security requirements and other ways to exclude China's Huawei Technologies from a build out of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks.

The great white shark
Divers spot giant white shark off Hawaii coast 19 January 2019, 7:20 AM

An enormous great white shark believed to be one of the biggest on record has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a swim with the predator.

Swine flu kills 40 in western India 18 January 2019, 9:18 PM

At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said Friday. 

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‘Total internet shutdown’ in Zimbabwe: provider 18 January 2019, 2:30 PM

Zimbabwe imposed a "total shutdown" of the internet on Friday, a major provider told customers, and after protests early this week triggered a ruthless security crackdown.

The logo of Facebook is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris.
Facebook blocks accounts linked to Russian state-owned Sputnik 18 January 2019, 6:37 AM

Sputnik attacked the Fackebook for the decision it said was political and amounted to censorship of seven Facebook pages belonging to its news hubs in neighbouring countries.

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors 18 January 2019, 6:03 AM

A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists said.

Divers spot giant white shark off Hawaii coast 18 January 2019, 5:56 AM

An enormous great white shark -- believed to be one of the biggest on record -- has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a swim with the predator.

Lentils with a side of rice: the save-the-world diet? 17 January 2019, 9:34 PM

Coming to dining tables everywhere by 2050: porridge for breakfast, rice for lunch, a dinner of lentils and vegetables, and a single hamburger every few weeks, as a treat.

Amazon sets conference on robotics, artificial intelligence 17 January 2019, 9:09 PM

Amazon announced plans Thursday to hold a conference open to the public on robotics, space and artificial intelligence, as well as to discuss future applications of emerging technologies.

Cape Town meteor
Cape Town meteor – no impact on land 17 January 2019, 8:14 PM

An astronomer from the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town says it’s unlikely that a meteor, which exploded over Cape Town last night, would have made any impact on land.

Hot weather temperature hits hard on livestock 17 January 2019, 7:25 PM

Unseasonably hot weather is expected in the country's north. The Weather Service predicts abnormally high temperatures in the next three months.

Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: study 17 January 2019, 4:38 PM

The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.

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Apple, Amazon called out for ‘incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong references 17 January 2019, 9:21 AM

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used “incorrect labels” for Taiwan and 53 had errors.

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows an eruption of Kuchinoerabu Island
Volcano erupts in southern Japan, no evacuation warning 17 January 2019, 7:53 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the volcano on Kuchinoerabujima island, roughly 1,000 km southwest of Tokyo, erupted at 9:20 a.m.

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US bill seeks to give Americans more control over online data 17 January 2019, 6:14 AM

United States Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at giving Americans more control over information that online companies like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google collect on their location, financial data, job history or biometric data like fingerprints.

A doctor in uniform
SAMA concerned over loss of qualified doctors 17 January 2019, 5:56 AM

SAMA has raised concerns over the loss of qualified doctors to other countries due to the Health Department's inability to provide them with jobs.