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Has Ballmer gone bananas?

Tuesday’s announcement by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that it will buy Skype for a whopping US$8,5bn hasn’t been universally welcomed. Many critics are questioning the logic of the deal, with some saying

How broadcasters are being royally challenged

Google’s live streaming of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton marks the beginning of the end for traditional broadcast models. The search engine giant streamed Friday’s wedding live to millions of viewers across the world. It’s estimated that as

8ta fires the next salvo

The battlefield is ready, the guns are out and SA’s mobile operators are shuffling troops into position for what could turn into a protracted war. The latest operator to fire a salvo into the field of battle is Telkom’s 8ta

Please, sir, can we have some more?

Last week, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) held a workshop to hear the opinions of broadcasters and telecommunications providers on the fate of a chunk of spectrum known as the “digital dividend”

Sentech: from zero to potential hero

“Sentech is dysfunctional.” These were the opening words of a column my colleague Duncan McLeod wrote in September last year. Make no mistake: the state-owned signal distributor was in more trouble

Charlie Sheen, ‘tigerblood’ and Twitter’s future

Remember a few years ago when young starlet Britney Spears shaved her head and drove with her baby on her lap? The world rushed out to buy tabloid newspapers and magazines to gossip

Why Vodacom and MTN must do more

Announcements from Vodacom and MTN in the past week about new Internet products aimed at getting more South Africans online are incredibly important. It’s a pity, then, that both companies

Google brings the masterpieces to you

I’ve been fortunate enough to live in Italy, one of the art capitals of the world. I have seen hundreds of side-street galleries and visited Florence to see Michelangelo’s David up close and personal. If you have ever been lucky enough

Should Cell C be so bullish?

The news that Cell C is signing a deal with international energy-drinks company Red Bull to bring a second virtual mobile network operator (MVNO) to SA may have struck some as peculiar and too ambitious

Icasa shows its poker face

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is taking a bold gamble in its efforts to unbundle the local loop, the last mile of Telkom’s copper cables that connect consumers

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