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Gawker vs Thiel: The Movie

In the last few weeks, the legal feud between Hulk Hogan and Gawker—which recently lost a $140 million lawsuit brought on by the wrestler, after Gawker published snippets of a Hogan-starring sex tape—has gotten deeply weird. Is it as deep or weird as that scene of someone throwing a dog …

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On-air robbers go offline for 15 years

Two men accused of robbing SABC journalists on camera in March last year were on Tuesday sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Johannesburg magistrate’s court. Zimbabwean nationals Alfred Ndlovu and Clement Ncube robbed the SABC crew, including contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko, with a toy gun on 10 March …

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Junior Springboks hammer Japan

The Junior Springboks, after trailing 19-7 at one stage, won their opening match 59-19 against Japan at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, on Tuesday afternoon. The South Africans were given an almighty scare by Japan after winger Ataata Moeakiola’s hat-trick in the first half, but the 2012 champions …

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The Most Serious Threat Facing the Auto Industry? Carpooling

In under two years, app-powered carpooling has become mainstream. UberPOOL rides now account for 20 percent of all Uber rides worldwide, according to Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report, which came out this morning. That figure would appear to justify the anxiety plaguing so many automakers today: people don’t want to …

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Obama Bashes Trump On Trade, Immigration, and Tweets

During a speech on his economic record today, President Obama issued a scorching warning to Americans about Donald Trump: “Don’t think this agenda’s going to help you. It’s not designed to help you.” The president sounded at turns exasperated and confounded as he addressed the people of Elkhart, Indiana, a …

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The Verizon Strike Proves the Internet Still Needs Humans

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are heading back to work tomorrow after a six-and-half-week strike. Last week Verizon reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to end a strike that began April 13th. The new contract still needs to be voted on …

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Thieves are walking off with Telkom’s network

Telkom registered more than 6 000 incidents of copper-cable theft on its network in the past year and as a result is now actively moving customers away from the technology to wireless and fibre alternatives. The telecommunications operator said in a statement on Monday that copper theft syndicates have become …

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Famous Brands resilience keeps patrons happy

At a time when SA’s consumers remain increasingly hard-pressed due to sustained rising costs, companies heavy reliant on their disposable income, in theory, should see more pain. Yet, Famous Brands, the owner of eateries such as Steers, Debonairs Pizza, Wimpy, Mugg & Bean, Tashas and a throng of other restaurant …

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Zuma will be forgiven for Nkandla: Malema

President Jacob Zuma will be “forgiven” for using taxpayers’ money to renovate his private homestead at Nkandla in rural KwaZulu-Natal only if he acts to recover land “stolen” from black South Africans, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told supporters in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday. “Zuma … stands in the way towards …

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Minister condemns latest rhino killings

Edna Molewa

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has condemned the killing and dehorning of two rhino at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Pretoria on Thursday night. “I am hopeful that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and brought to book soon,” Molewa said in a statement …

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Xiaomi’s Cheap New Drone Achieves Impulse-Buy Airspace

Xiaomi, a company best-known for producing surprisingly affordable, high quality smartphones you can’t buy in the US, has added to its roster a surprisingly affordable, (probably) high-quality drone—that you can’t buy in the US. The Mi Drone has plenty of impressive specs, but the one that matters most is $460. …

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Justice and accountability essential for Libya peace

Justice, accountability and the deterrent effects of the law remain “critical components” for achieving lasting peace in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda encouraged Libya’s government to give priority to devising effective plans and strategies …

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De Beers changes the guard as market ‘recovers’

Anglo American plc on Friday announced the appointment of Bruce Cleaver as chief executive of De Beers following Philippe Mellier’s decision to step down after five years. Mark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American and chairman of De Beers, said the appointment provided “strong continuity at an important stage in …

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