TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why Facebook wants to be WeChat

Is the world’s largest social network moving away from its news feed into an ecosystem that may look like China’s super app?

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: No, that’s not what privacy means, Facebook

Zuckerberg’s latest missive on privacy has disturbing implications as Facebook tries to take over messaging too

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Mobile money will drive digital inclusion and connectivity

Even though mobile ownership has boomed, how do you redefine digital inclusion and enhance people’s lives?

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Into the fold of the new tech wonders

Technically marvellous foldable phones are the hot new thing from two of the top smartphone makers

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: A minister who is out of touch

If the president argues for the importance of telecoms, why are the ministers for that sector all out of touch?

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Facebook’s unhappy 15th birthday

The social media giant is an obnoxious teenager that is oblivious to its self-centred destructiveness

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Long walk until end of Vodacom Please Call Me saga

The Vodacom Please Call Me saga is not resolved but at least its inventor, Ari Kahn, has finally been acknowledged

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Facebook treads on dangerous ground

By combining its messaging services, Facebook is treading on dangerous ground with privacy and anticompetitive issues

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Why messaging privacy matters

Telegram and Signal are the main alternatives to WhatsApp because they promise greater security. You should use them

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Bye-bye WhatsApp, hello Telegram

Facebook has been sued by European regulators for breaching our privacy, and it’s only going to get worse

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Has Apple finally fallen?

Tech giant is under pressure in China — and though the iPhone still produces two-thirds of its revenue, its rivals are closing in

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Life with or without screens

Smartphones and social media are closer to ‘crack cocaine than to candy’, but they are the way people communicate now

TOBY SHAPSHAK: The death of social media

The tech story of the year has been the realisation that social media uses our personal data for someone else’s financial gain

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: The return of voice messaging

Voicemail, that old hallmark of the voice-centric era, is dead. But the era of app-centric voice messaging is very much alive

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: A signal boost for telecoms industry

New minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has her work cut out to reinvigorate this essential part of the economy

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TOBY SHAPSHAK: Bitcoin at 10: star turn or bit player?

Is it a Ponzi scheme or the herald of a new world order? We may need another 10 years to find out

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