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Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr for $1.1-billion

May 20, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr for $1.1-billion

In a deal that is yet to be formally announced by Yahoo! officials, the board of the popular search engine approved a deal to acquire blogging site Tumblr. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal is reportedly worth $1.1 billion. “Breaking: The Yahoo board has approved a deal to pay $1.1 billion in cash [&hellip...

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South Africa: Durban gets ready for its exclusive Internet namespace

May 15, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on South Africa: Durban gets ready for its exclusive Internet namespace

The application for an exclusive Internet namespace for Durban (under the dotDurban domain) has passed the initial evaluation phase of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). That is according to ZADNA (the .ZA Domain Name Authority)...

Launch of Namibian online tourism training platform

May 14, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Launch of Namibian online tourism training platform

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, together with the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism, Mr. Uahekua Herunga and the German...

Google Kenya launches Doodle 4 Google competition

May 10, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google Kenya launches Doodle 4 Google competition

As Kenya celebrates its 50th anniversary since independence in December, Google Kenya will launch the Doodle 4 Google 2013 competition, which will be open to all Kenyan school students aged between 6 years to 18 years. The competition will encourage them to...

Yookos opens its doors to developers in Africa

May 9, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Yookos opens its doors to developers in Africa

Yookos, the global social network focused on Africans, today officially announced the public release of their Application Programming Interface (API). The announcement was made during the company’s presentation made at the Mobile Web West Africa 2013...

African Internet pioneers targeted for .Africa

May 7, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on African Internet pioneers targeted for .Africa

As the likely administrator of the new .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has embarked on an awareness programme targeting Africa’s best known brands. Launched today, the .africa Pioneer Programme aims to encourage a...

eBucks launches New Online Travel Booking Engine

May 7, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on eBucks launches New Online Travel Booking Engine

eBucks, the rewards programme offered by FNB and RMB Private Bank, has launched its new Online Travel Booking Engine, increasing its offering to include more travel service providers and travel products. “Travel remains one of the favourite redemption...

Web Foundation launches study on Open Data

April 30, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Web Foundation launches study on Open Data

Speaking at an Open Government Partnership reception recently, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web Foundation (Web Foundation) and inventor of the Web, unveiled the first ever in-depth study into how the power of open data could be harnessed to...

ICANN to open Istanbul Hub, covering Africa

April 29, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on ICANN to open Istanbul Hub, covering Africa

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé today announced the organization will open its first hub office in Istanbul, Turkey. The announcement marks a significant moment in the evolution...

Tech sector needs more girls

April 24, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Tech sector needs more girls

South Africa needs to actively encourage young girls to consider technology as a career option if the country is going to address key issues like the current skills shortage in the IT sector and spiralling levels of youth unemployment. That’s the word from...

Twenty states to benefit from Open Data for Africa platform

April 23, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Twenty states to benefit from Open Data for Africa platform

SciDev.Net reports on a newly developed data platform, called the Open Data for Africa Platform, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), that has been established as a source of readily available information and statistics across the continent. The...

Musk listed amongst Time’s 100 most influential people

April 19, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Musk listed amongst Time’s 100 most influential people

South African born technology innovator, scientist and space exploration enthusiast Elon Musk has been listed on Time magazine’s Time 100 issue featuring the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The 41-year-old is the founder and CEO of Space...

Social media opens doors for UJ students

April 19, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Social media opens doors for UJ students

An innovative tool that allows businesses to see what people are saying about them on social media platforms has won three University of Johannesburg computer science students and their supervisor a place in the final of a global technology competition in...

Kenya: ‘people’s court’ website established

April 15, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: ‘people’s court’ website established

The Star reports that a website, designed to fulfil the role as a ‘people’s court with information about the recently held elections, has been established.   According to the report the website has been set up in a partnership between Gladwell Otieno...

Sentech signals support for open-peering

April 3, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Sentech signals support for open-peering

Sentech, the signal distributor for the majority of South Africa’s broadcasters, is now live on peering platform, NAPAfrica.  Lex van Wyk, Chief Executive Officer of Teraco Data Environments, in which NAPAfrica is situated, says, “Sentech will now not...

Google pays homage to Wangari Maathai

April 2, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Google pays homage to Wangari Maathai

Google has created a special Doodle on its homepages across Sub Sahara Africa to mark the 73rd birthday of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Wangari Maathai.  In the doodle, a figure of a smiling Wangari replaces the second “o” in the Google logo....