TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why Sam Altman was fired, then rehired (we think)

How news of the sudden sacking of a Silicon Valley start-up CEO overshadowed reports about two wars and is part of a future war over AI safety that hasn’t ...

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Musk killed Twitter; he just doesn’t know it

There’s no coming back — not when your social media platform glorifies Hitler and Nazis

TOBY SHAPSHAK: How the NFT art bubble burst

The bubble of artificially inflated prices for mediocre art has burst

TOBY SHAPSHAK: X marks a dismal anniversary

A year is a long, long time in social media — more than long enough for Musk to ruin Twitter

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why pay for a TV licence?

The SABC’s antiquated funding model gives the governing party a national mouthpiece

TOBY SHAPSHAK: TV is an app, rugby is real life

Television  has been subsumed into the internet — and the Springboks will win the World Cup

TOBY SHAPSHAK: SABC 2.0: a R1bn stream of tears?

The government seems intent on creating its own streaming channel even though the broadcaster’s finances are plummeting

TOBY SHAPSHAK: How Google got the world hooked

The company’s method of using the data of internet users has been exposed in US court hearings

TOBY SHAPSHAK: WhatsApp is killing the voice call star

With blackouts degrading mobile phone signals, many have turned elsewhere — and it’s hurting the operators

TOBY SHAPSHAK: EU spanks TikTok for not protecting kids

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has slapped the platform with a €345m fine over privacy

TOBY SHAPSHAK: No happy birthday for monopolist Google

The search giant will have a hard time arguing it didn’t break antitrust laws or put pressure on smartphone manufacturers to preload its apps

TOBY SHAPSHAK: McKinsey is back, and excuses abound

McKinsey can’t even tell people what its conference is about, who the speakers are or how to fix Africa’s problems

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Big tech meets big EU

New European legislation aims to rein in the surveillance capitalism of social media and tech giants

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Watch out, they may hear what you’re typing

Academics have used AI to listen to and interpret  keyboard sounds — with 95% accuracy

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why the Vodacom veto is wrong

South Africa needs improved, faster internet, and the state cannot provide it

TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why China’s smartphone ban on kids is not so wacky

Is it terrible to restrict screen time for children? Only if the parents do it too