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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

Netflix unveils its first SA original series

Netflix is working to release its first-ever South African – and African – original television series, it was reported on Monday. Original Link

Meet the CEO: BitCo’s Jarryd Chatz

Meet the CEO is a regular feature on TechCentral that introduces our readers to the people behind the news. Our latest interview in the series is with BitCo CEO Jarryd Chatz. Original Link

Half the world is now online, ITU says

For the first time, half the world is now connected to the Internet, the International Telecommunication Union said at the weekend. Original Link

Liquid Telecom to invest R5.6-billion in Egypt expansion

The pan-African telecommunications group said on Monday it plans to invest $400-million in network infrastructure and data centres in Egypt following the completion of its “Cape to Cairo” link. Original Link

US has Huawei in cuffs; China has US in chains

If the US continues to play hardball on Huawei, don’t rule out Beijing at least reminding American officials of the bazooka in its cupboard Original Link

FirstRand takes a leaf from Amazon’s book

FirstRand is emulating Amazon.com with a digital offering that will span everything from insurance, car licence renewals to locating plumbing services as the South African bank chases new revenue sources. 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 is said to plan $2-billion cybersecurity reboot

China’s Huawei is planning to overhaul its global software systems as it tries to avoid a ban in the UK and other European markets, after previous piecemeal fixes failed to assuage national security concerns. Original Link

Eskom ‘should consider selling’ Medupi, Kusile

Eskom should consider selling two coal-fired plants that rank among the world’s biggest to repair the state-owned utility’s finances, according to the head of South Africa’s biggest bank by market value. Original Link

Gordhan cracks the whip at Eskom: ‘We have to serve SA better’

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday announced immediate plans to put an end to the load shedding that has been a daily occurrence countrywide since 29 November. 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

Vodacom welcomes arrests after store trashed

Vodacom on Thursday welcomed arrests made in connection with the ransacking and looting of a franchise store in Polokwane in Limpopo at the weekend. Original Link

Telkom said to be mulling second bid for Cell C

Telkom is considering making an offer to buy a majority stake in Cell C that would lead to a combination of South Africa’s third- and fourth-largest mobile phone companies, according to people familiar with the matter. 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

‘Shocking’ Huawei arrest threatens US-China trade truce

On the same day Donald Trump and Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce in Argentina, some 11 000km away Canadian authorities made an arrest that now threatens to make the US-China conflict much worse. 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

Farzam Ehsani reveals new crypto venture VALR

Former blockchain lead at RMB Farzam Ehsani has revealed details about his new venture, VALR, a digital asset trading platform in South Africa, which is being launched in partnership with Bittrex. Original Link

Huawei CFO arrested, sparking China outrage

Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer was arrested in Canada over potential violations of US sanctions on Iran, provoking outrage from China. Original Link

Apple reassigns marketing staff to boost flagging iPhone sales

Apple is experimenting with iPhone marketing strategies it rarely uses – such as discount promotions via generous device buyback terms – to help goose sales of its flagship product. Original Link

No place for hate speech on Apple platforms: Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said hate speech has “no place” on the company’s platforms as he accepted an award from a campaign group fighting anti-Semitism. Original Link

Ndabeni-Abrahams foments a crisis at the SABC

Well, that didn’t take long. Newly appointed (tele)communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has a full-blown crisis on her hands at the SABC – and it’s of her own making. Original Link

Vodacom, EFF issue terse joint statement after store rampage

Vodacom and the Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a terse joint statement after alleged supporters of the radical-left political party were involved in trashing various cellular stores around the country. Original Link

In photos: Vodacom World relaunched

After nine months of work, Vodacom on Monday took the wraps off the revamped Vodacom World retail facility at its head office in Midrand, Johannesburg. Here’s what it looks like. Original Link

Android rivals to boast 5G long before Apple’s iPhone

Apple plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year, according to people familiar with its plans. Original Link

DStv Now finally gets an Xbox app

MultiChoice’s streaming video platform, DStv Now, is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles, the broadcaster said on Monday. Original Link

Should you buy the iPhone XR?

The iPhone XR has been positioned as the “iPhone of the people” — the device that offers all the key trimmings of today’s best phones but at a more affordable price. But the XR is an interesting mix of contradictions. Original Link

Q&A with Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk

Naspers published interim results on Friday for the six months ended 30 September 2018. TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod spoke to group CEO Bob van Dijk on various aspects of the JSE-listed media and technology giant’s latest financial report. Original Link

Thugs target Vodacom store, assaulting three women

Three women were assaulted by thugs – apparently supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters – at a Vodacom franchise store at the Mall of the North in Polokwane on Sunday. Original Link

Watch | The great e-tolls debate: Duvenage vs Vermaak (video)

Published last week as an audio podcast, TechCentral is pleased to now bring you the full, fiery debate on e-tolls between Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage and ETC CEO Coenie Vermaak in high-definition video. Original Link

Free data for Cell C clients after ‘unprecedented’ outage

Cell C’s network was down for more than two hours on Saturday after Eskom load shedding caused the air conditioning to fail in a key data centre. Original Link

Naspers eyeing ‘significant’ acquisitions

Naspers has its sights set on acquisitions as it targets “significant investments” for its $10-billion cash pile in the next couple of months, chief financial officer Basil Sgourdos said. Original Link

Interview: Monero’s Riccardo Spagni returns

Monero lead maintainer and Tari co-founder Riccardo Spagni returns to the TechCentral podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the great cryptocurrency crash of 2018 and the importance of privacy in the digital age. Original Link

MultiChoice reports strong subscriber growth but premium segment suffers

Netflix and other streaming video providers may be a long-term threat to MultiChoice, but the pay-television operator isn’t seeing too much of a challenge just yet, an analysis of the latest financial numbers from parent Naspers suggests. 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

Microsoft Office gets new, modernised icons

Microsoft has redesigned the icons used for its Office productivity suite, the first time it has done so since 2013. Original Link

Should you buy the new iPad Pro?

The iPad has never undergone as dramatic a transformation as it has for the new iPad Pro, which completely rethinks not only the tablet’s form factor but how users interact with it on most levels. Original Link

Eskom is broke, and you’re going to pay the price

Eskom is locked into a permanent loss situation and revenue is structurally limited. Expenses have ballooned due to inefficiencies, and electricity tariffs are not cost-reflective. Original Link

PIC raises its stake in MTN to 26%

The Public Investment Corp has raised its stake in MTN Group for the second time in as many days, taking advantage of a price that’s close to 10-year lows amid a crisis in Nigeria. 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

5G set to be adopted faster than any previous generation

Fifth-generation mobile technology will attract 1.5 billion subscriptions in the next six years, with 5G networks expected to cover more than 40% of the world’s population by December 2024. Original Link

5G set to be adopted faster than any previous generation

Fifth-generation mobile technology will attract 1.5 billion subscriptions in the next six years, with 5G networks expected to cover more than 40% of the world’s population by December 2024. 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

Telecoms bill runs into parliamentary hurdle

A successful request to a parliamentary committee, brought by the Democratic Alliance, means the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill will likely no longer be passed in parliament before the 2019 general election. Original Link

Cwele leaves behind a policy mess at telecoms

New (tele)communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abraham’s first intervention must be dealing with the hugely problematic Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. By Duncan McLeod. Original Link

Global IP traffic to triple in five years: Cisco

A new report by Cisco predicts that more traffic will flow across the Internet in the next five years than in the history of the global interconnected network. Original Link