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Dating apps have not killed dating

We are sexually omnivorous and not programmed for monogamy. But most of us prefer choosing one special somebody over an endless stream of nobodies.

Alibaba and the $40-billion squeeze

The Chinese government tried to take on thriving online marketplace Alibaba, but owner Jack Ma beat the regulators at their own game.

Precocious privacy warriors

The encryption genie is out of its bottle to give people back their privacy, but this is frightening world governments, writes Alistair Fairweather.

No more fun and games

Women gamers are receiving harsh threats online for "poking deftly into the subculture's most sensitive nerve", writes Alistair Fairweather.

War of words as Amazon defends its pricing of e-books

The online retail giant’s battle with the publisher Hachette goes to the very heart of the massive changes that pummel the publishing industry.

Dr Dre: Straight out of Cupertino

Dr Dre's Beats has caught Apple's eye for $3-billion and the rapper and high school drop-out is laughing all the way to the bank.

Gareth Cliff: How the internet thrilled the radio star

Some think the former 5FM DJ's switch from FM radio to online radio was a big mistake. But Alistair Fairweather begs to differ.

Goodbye Vic and thanks for all the plusses

Not many people have heard of Vic Gundotra. Yet millions of us have used one or more of the products he championed during his eight years at Google.

Vodacom and MTN put profits before people

Icasa's new rules would effectively give mobile customers lower rates, and firms' complaints against them show greed, says Alistair Fairweather.

Move with the times and you’ll defeat inequality

Technology has exacerbated inequality. But we should prepare ourselves for an increasingly tech-driven world, an act that could eradicate the problem.

Alistair Fairweather: Computer viruses are no longer for amateurs

When Fred Cohen coined the term "computer virus", he probably had no idea how apt it would prove nearly 30 years later, as virus makers get serious.

We are the future / wear the future

After a lull in new devices, 2014 promises happy geeks plugging into radical technology.

Cybercrime: Private criminals, public questions

The capture of Silk Road's alleged creator shows that governments and their policing bodies need to look at cybersecurity differently.

Buy, buy birdie: Twitter finally lists

With its revenue nearly tripling between 2011 and 2012, it was about time the micro-blogging site filed its S-1 form, writes Alistair Fairweather.

Will the Sony story end in tragedy?

Alistair Fairweather ponders how to reconcile a company capable of making a TV like the 4K Bravia with one struggling to financially stay above water.

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Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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