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How low will bitcoin go? History provides some clues

Nearly 170 years before the invention of bitcoin, the journalist Charles Mackay noted the way whole communities could “fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit”. Original Link

China’s ire flares in US case against Huawei’s CFO

China has threatened Canada with grave consequences if a top executive at Huawei is not immediately released, calling her arrest as she changed planes in Canada “unreasonable, unconscionable and vile in nature”. Original Link

Huawei CFO arrest: everything we know so far

Huawei chief financial officer Wanzhou Meng faces extradition to the US over potential violations of American sanctions on Iran. Here are the latest developments. Original Link

Inside the Eskom crisis – a critical analysis

Economists estimate that the South African economy could have been 10% larger by the end of 2014 if it had not been for crippling power shortages. Original Link

Bloated Eskom facing looming ‘death spiral’

Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, Eskom is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral”. Original Link

Back to blackouts: SA in the dark as Eskom stumbles

Eskom’s warning that the country was threatened by months of rotating blackouts became a reality in less than 24 hours. Original Link

What it takes to make Instagram a full-time career

Meghan Young is a professional Instagram star. She gets paid to climb beautiful mountains, photograph their glittering summits and post about her adventures to her fans. Original Link

What it takes to make Instagram a full-time career

Meghan Young is a professional Instagram star. She gets paid to climb beautiful mountains, photograph their glittering summits and post about her adventures to her fans. Original Link

After a nail-biting landing, what’s next for Mars InSight

While most missions are designed to look at the surface or atmosphere of planetary bodies, InSight’s goal is to look deep beneath the surface. Original Link

After a nail-biting landing, what’s next for Mars InSight

While most missions are designed to look at the surface or atmosphere of planetary bodies, InSight’s goal is to look deep beneath the surface. Original Link

The chip upstart beating Intel at its own game

For more than 30 years, Intel has dominated chip-making, producing the most important component in the bulk of the world’s computers. That run is now under threat. Original Link

Bitcoin slump looks like a real currency crisis

The virtual currency’s behaviour since the start of the year doesn’t just look like a bubble bursting; it looks more like a currency under attack Original Link

Why ‘fair use’ is so important for SA copyright law

It’s hoped that robust debate will encourage better, stronger fair-use conditions rather than leaving South Africa far behind as it amends legislation dealing with copyright, writes Denise Rosemary Nicholson. Original Link

The real reason you still can’t use your phone on a plane

Cellphone use is no longer completely forbidden on planes, but it’s still heavily restricted. Original Link

Easiest way to fix Facebook? Break it up

Occam’s razor is a principle that says when something happens that can be explained in multiple ways, the simplest explanation is usually the right one. Original Link

Tech giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place

Amazon may have been expecting lots of public attention when it announced where it would establish its new headquarters. But like many technology companies recently, it probably didn’t anticipate how negative the response would be. In Amazon’s chosen territories of New York and Virginia, local politicians baulked at taxpayer-funded enticements promised to the company. Journalists […] Original Link

Anatomy of a crisis: why SA is on the brink of rolling blackouts

Eskom has shut down 11 power station units due for major maintenance because it lacks the funds to fix them. Original Link

Discovery’s new tech-led bank: what it will offer

Perhaps the only real surprise in yesterday’s public unveiling of Discovery Bank was the lack of any pricing information. Original Link

Where Telkom is winning (and where it’s not)

Telkom’s financial results for the six months to end-September are a mixed bag. Headlines are focused on a fixed-line business under immense pressure, and a mobile one that is doing extraordinarily well. Original Link

Apple has a Plan B as iPhone demand peaks; many suppliers don’t

In a world where iPhone demand is on the wane, Apple has a Plan B. But there’s no back-up for many of the companies that supply components for the iPhone. Original Link

Your old phone is a security risk. Live with it

That obsolete smartphone stashed away in a drawer or closet may not look like a national security risk, but the Trump administration is contemplating treating it as one. Original Link

The Internet is splitting in two amid US dispute with China

The Chinese Communist Party’s vision of a Web where governments pull the strings could wind up the model for the next billion users. Original Link

Who wants a foldable phone anyway?

On Wednesday, after years of rumours and speculation, Samsung finally presented a smartphone with a foldable display that it plans to start selling next year. Original Link

Particle physics could be about to get super weird

Unlike the Higgs particle, which confirmed our understanding of physical reality, a new particle seems to threaten it. Original Link

Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to fix the Web is unworkable

With due respect to Tim Berners-Lee’s attempts to recreate the bright-eyed enthusiasm of the Internet’s early years, the Web is long past attempts at self-regulation and voluntary ethics codes. Original Link

The $6-trillion barrier holding back electric cars

An estimated $6-trillion is theoretically needed to build the infrastructure that electric cars need such as charging stations and power networks. That’s about 7.5% of the world’s GDP. Original Link

How Trump may have saved the market from an Apple-led tech slump

On the same day the world’s largest company issues its biggest disappointment in years, US President Donald Trump, does an about-face on China. Original Link

I want to pay more for my Spotify subscription

I’m willing to pay twice what I’m paying today to a streaming service that does its best to get every artist’s latest album immediately after its release. Original Link

Bitcoin at 10: how it all started and what the future holds

In the next 10 years, it remains possible that the technology underlying bitcoin will transform global money. Original Link

Why SA can’t make a big shift to renewables – yet

South Africa has a lot going for it when it comes to renewable energy. But several factors stand in the way of its ability to move entirely away from coal. Original Link

IBM and Red Hat will be much better together – in theory

IBM just made the cloud computing war far more interesting. It’s not an easy sell, but IBM and Red Hat certainly make a more compelling cloud computing alternative. Original Link

Why IBM is buying Red Hat

IBM’s purchase of Red Hat is a $33-billion bid aimed at catapulting the company into the ranks of the top cloud software competitors. Original Link

Intel’s still dancing as the chip party dies

Either Intel’s somehow immune to the macro meltdown affecting not just chips but multiple areas of the global economy, or the dark clouds just haven’t appeared on its horizon yet. Original Link

Did Gartner do a Double Irish on Sars?

Surely Sars would not lend itself to enabling a corporation that it is contracted with to avoid tax? Original Link

Some security apps worse for privacy than nothing at all

In early September, Apple removed several Trend Micro anti-malware tools from the Mac app store after they were found to be collecting unnecessary personal information from users. Original Link

Could Uber really be worth $120-billion?

Uber Technologies has been told by banks that it could be a $120-billion company when it goes public. Investors will be the ones who decide, though. Original Link

In hounding Google, the EU has shot itself in the foot

You have to hand it to Europe’s regulators. They rarely miss a chance to antagonise an American tech company, no matter what the cost to their own people. Original Link

Electric cars’ dirty little secret

Beneath the bonnets of millions of the clean electric cars rolling onto the world’s roads in the next few years will be a dirty battery. Original Link

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65: a look back at his extraordinary life

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with fellow billionaire Bill Gates, has died. We have a look back at his extraordinary life. Original Link

SABC’s break-up value is greater than its future

As much as it pulls at our heartstrings, the SABC’s sad attempts to invoke “Living the legacy” as a slogan should not sway government from ruthlessly resetting its focus on more crucial projects. Original Link

Tencent is a huge falling knife – time to catch it?

Is it time to catch the global stock market’s biggest falling knife? For watchers of Tencent Holdings, whose largest shareholder is South Africa’s Naspers, it’s an increasingly pressing question. Original Link

Dr Doom and Mr Ethereum debate crypto

Economist Nouriel Roubini, nicknamed Dr Doom for predicting the most recent global financial crisis, has crossed swords with cryptocurrency guru and ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. Original Link

Market bloodletting knocks tech stocks hard

Investors enamoured of tech stocks that suddenly seem only to fall are searching for answers. The simplest may be that the group just isn’t that special anymore. Original Link

Meet the CEO: Metacom’s Réan van Niekerk

Meet the CEO is a regular feature on TechCentral. Our latest interview in the series is with Réan van Niekerk, CEO of Metacom. Original Link

Analysis shows impact of MTN pulling plug on free Twitter

The end of MTN’s free Twitter promotion may have led to a huge reduction in the volume of tweets by the users of that service, but it doesn’t seem to have had a significant effect on the volume of activity on the social network in South Africa. Original Link

No, Internet companies, we did not consent to this

More than a decade into the era of prevalent social networks and smartphones, people still have no way to make informed choices about how to safely conduct their lives online. Original Link

Why telecoms operators are terrified of Big Tech

Telecommunications carriers have long grumbled that they spend a fortune building the world’s data networks only to watch the US technology giants reap most of the benefits. Now they fear Silicon Valley will take away their customers, too. Original Link

Court nudges government on social grants predation

The supreme court of appeal ruled on Thursday that it is up to the social development department to consider drafting legislation that will protect social grant beneficiaries from predatory practices. Original Link

The European court ruling that could break the Internet

Early next year, the European Union’s highest court is expected to rule on one of the Internet’s most controversial topics: the right to be forgotten. The judges should curb their ambition. Original Link

Facebook’s worst-ever security breach hammers user trust

Facebook’s worst-ever security breach is a major blow to the company’s effort to rebuild trust with users of the social network after a privacy scandal in March. Original Link

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