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Another twist in the ‘Please Call Me’ saga

If Nkosana Makate invented the Please Call Me service, the subject of the ongoing 15-year-old court case between him and Vodacom, where is his patent? Or even his application for one?


Car dealership cybercrime appeal upheld

Cybercrime was once again the topic of a legal wrangle, this time between two car sale companies, with the one who bought two bakkies from the other, only to discover after delivery of the vehicles that cybercriminals had intercepted the electronic payment made for the vehicles.


Legal threat over SABC’s plans to cut rerun fees

The SABC now wants to stop paying fees for rebroadcasts which will deprive thousands of actors and writers of income from reruns.


SA’s Starlink application stalls

It has been almost a year since Starlink began operating on the African continent following its launch in Nigeria, and success stories are cropping up in the eight countries where it now operates.


Judge impressed by Google-assisted heads of argument

Western Cape High Court Judge Michael Bishop and a defence attorney were impressed by a complainant’s heads of argument which he compiled himself by researching legal cases online.


Hackers target Ithuba’s website

Lottery operator Ithuba has come under attack from hackers attempting to access its website and expose the identities of players and winners, as bidding for the next lucrative lotto licence, to be awarded in 2025, heats up.


Former senior judicial managers face R225m IT tender charges

Three former senior managers, including the former spokesperson in the Office of the Chief Justice, were each released on R10 000 bail for their alleged involvement in awarding a controversial R225m IT tender, reports News24.


Sushi outlet owner gets sole rights to Facebook page

The owner of the sushi outlet, Nuri Sushi, will finally have exclusive and sole administration rights over the business’s Facebook social media page following a court battle.


Bid to keep R585m Tshwane IT tender secret fails

Brilliant Telecommunications has failed in its bid to prevent the City of Tshwane from revealing documents showing why the metro awarded a crucial R585m IT contract to the company, which allegedly does not seem to have the capability to execute the work.


Commission to probe online platforms

The Competition Commission yesterday began a 15-month probe into how Google, TikTok, YouTube, X and other video-sharing sites and social media platforms are affecting the health of SA's news media.


eMedia lodges new case against MultiChoice

eMedia has lodged a new case against MultiChoice at the Competition Commission in its ongoing fight over the Rugby World Cup television rights.


Senior municipal officials' phones hacked and cloned

The phones of the IFP's eMadlangeni Municipality Mayor Mzwakhe Buthelezi and municipal manager Grace Mavundla were hacked, cloned and spied on from May to July, according to a confidential information technology report.


Court dismisses eMedia's ‘urgent’ World Cup application

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has dismissed an urgent application brought by eMedia, the parent company of e.tv, over the broadcast rights of the Rugby World Cup.


Webafrica’s purchase of Mweb approved with conditions

Webafrica will have to address public interest concerns when it buys rival ISP Mweb, according to conditions imposed by the Competition Commission.


eMedia takes action against Multichoice over rugby rights

eMedia Holdings, the parent of Openview and eTV has filed papers against MultiChoice in the High Court over the screening of World Cup rugby matches, reports TechCentral.


Concerns over rampant failure to Rica SIMs

The majority of the approximately 165m mobile SIM cards that enter the SA market every year may be non-compliant with the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act (Rica).


US court orders MTI to pay R32bn restitution

SA Ponzi scheme Mirror Trading International (MTI) has been ordered to pay $1.7bn (R32bn) in restitution to thousands of victims in the US.


R585m Tshwane IT contract now set for challenge

In what a Fin24 report calls a scathing judgment, the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ordered the City of Tshwane to reveal documents to show why it awarded a crucial R585m IT contract to a startup that does not seem to have the capability to execute the work.


Disputed SANDF hack appears authentic

An alleged breach of SANDF computer systems by hacking group SNATCH appears to be authentic, according to a Daily Maverick investigation with cybersecurity researchers.


Dis-Chem faces R10m fine over data hack

The Information Regulator has ordered Dis-Chem to take remedial action to address a hack that led to the personal data of 3.6m customers being breached last year, or face a fine of up to R10m, imprisonment, or both, reports Fin24.





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