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Over 1.2 Million ZA Domains

According to the ZACR (ZA Central Registry), more than 1.2 million domains have now been registered across all Second-Level Domains that the registry administers. This includes the SLD's "co.za," "org.za," and "net.za," amongst others, as well as 3 Geographic TLDs (Top-Level Domains), ".joburg," ".durban" and ".capetown." The most popular of these, the eponymous ".co.za" has [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Google & Fake News

In the latest salvo in the fake news stakes, Google itself has been identified as a major enabler of the proliferation of websites which spread fake news, or "disinformation." It has been revealed in a recent investigation that many of these sites support themselves through the user of Google's publisher advertising platform, Google Adsense. Adsense [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Google Ads, News|Tags: , |

South Africa Online – September 2018

According to Narratiive, a leading online audience measurement, modelling and verification company a total of 39.6 million unique browsers viewed over a billion pages online in South Africa this past September. Nearly 70% of those were Mobile Unique Browsers. (Yes, mobile really is first.) Here's the rest of their data on what South African's did [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that as many as 50 million user accounts had been compromised by hackers who took advantage of a vulnerability in the "View As" functionality (which lets you see how your profile would look to somebody else), to steal Facebook access tokens allowing them to take over other [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

20 Years Of Google

20 years ago this month, and two years after it was launched internally at Stanford University by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was officially incorporated as a company. At first, they didn't get much attention, being only one of a large number of competing search engines and "web portals," but within a few months [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

Technology For Fake Video Improving Rapidly

So-called fake news has been one of the hottest topics for the last year, and platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have working on addressing threats posed by disinformation. At Facebook's developer conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform would "never be unprepared again" for things like the interference of Russian trolls [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Google Faces Biggest Anti-Trust Fine Ever

In Europe's biggest ever anti-trust claim, Google is facing a potential US$ 5 Billion fine for anti-competitive practices relating to their use of the mobile Android operating system to "stifle competition." According to the charge, Google uses the mobile operating system (which is installed on 80% of the smartphones in the world), to unfairly favour [...]

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|

First Human Vs AI Debates By IBM

In the first ever public demonstration of an AI technology that IBM has been working on for the last 5 years, last week saw the tech giant's "Project Debater" pit their artificial intelligence against two human debaters on the topics of government-subsidised space exploration, and telemedicine. Although the computer had never studied the topics, it [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Facebook Losing Importance As Source Of News

A recent report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has revealed social media in general, and Facebook in particular, is losing ground as a source for news as more people lose trust in social media for hard news. According to a survey of 74,000 people across 37 countries, the use of social [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Google Rebrands Advertising Products

Yesterday, almost 18 years after launching their Google Ads platform to allow businesses to advertise in their search engine results, Google announced that they will be re-branding their advertising products / solutions. According to the post on the Analytics blog, these new, "simpler" brands and solutions will help advertisers and publishers choose the right solutions [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Google, Google Ads, News|Tags: , |