TOBY SHAPSHAK: Trying to hobble the ‘like’ monster

The ‘like’ button worked well for Facebook — too well. Now it is looking for ways to defuse the function’s unhealthy power

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Let it rain 5G, or miss out

Upstart data-only operator rain has launched Africa’s first 5G network, and there’s reason for South Africans to be excited

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Big Tech in the dock

Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook are being investigated for monopolistic and anticompetitive behaviour

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: No privacy from smart speakers

Voice assistants record everything said by their owners, some of which is heard by humans for quality control

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Tito to the rescue — kind of

The reaction to Mboweni’s growth plan shows that territorial infighting is still dominating government while the economy burns

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Forget cars — just scoot along now

This new category of on-demand transport is useful and fun, but only in the right cities

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Uber-bad news from Uber

Despite some positive signs, the ride-sharing firm sustained a $5.2bn loss in its first quarter as a listed company

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: The selfies that launch 1,000 ads

A preferred marketing partner has ripped off millions of Instagram users’ data – right under Facebook’s nose

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Telkom migrates users off the copper network

Telkom’s clever use of its mobile networks for its landline users demonstrates how the once arrogant monopoly has evolved

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Ransomware is the new normal

The brazen attack on City Power shows cybercriminals are gaining confidence in exploiting software weaknesses for profit

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Facebook’s libra – an attempt to capture financial services

US lawmakers find Facebook’s attempts to capture financial services through a cryptocurrency a step too far

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: A giant leap that’s still in midair

The scientific advances of the lunar landing project are still driving human progress

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Ramaphosa is a dreamer, and that’s okay

Ramaphosa’s big-picture dream is precisely what SA needs for it to become a player in the new tech ecosystems

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Trump sees the light on Huawei

Blustering threats against Chinese giant have shaken up the global supply chain and given multiple companies the shivers

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Digital art another drawcard at National Arts Festival

Again this year, ever-evolving digital art will be a drawcard at the National Arts Festival

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Uber doesn’t make money: are its futuristic plans pie in the sky?

Acceptance of Uber’s vision is tempered by lack of profitability and a poor relationship with its drivers

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