From the Grammys nominations list to Sony’s $100m share buy – It’s MBW’s Weekly Round-Up

Welcome to Music Business Worldwide’s weekly round-up – where we make sure you caught the five biggest stories to hit our headlines over the past seven days. MBW’s round-up is supported by Centtrip, which helps over 500 of the world’s best-selling artists maximise their income and reduce their touring costs. Jon Batiste has had a great week. On Grammy Nominations announcement day (Tuesday, November …

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Covid-19 variant revealed by South African scientists gets name — Omicron

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated the new coronavirus variant reported by South African scientists as a Variant of Concern, and named it after the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet — Omicron. Variants of Concern are the highest level of classification WHO assigns to variants of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Other Variants of Concern include Alpha (first …

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South Africa’s cellular networks get new temporary spectrum

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued temporary licences for radio frequency spectrum to six of South Africa’s wireless network operators. Icasa said in a statement on Friday that the provisional assignments were made under the new ICT Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations. The licences are valid for seven months, beginning from 1 December 2021 and …

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A Facebook group is turning into poison control for plants and mushrooms

The thin, white mushrooms emerged in a patch of Sarah Hunter’s front yard in western Massachusetts last May, after days of rain. One afternoon, Hunter’s wife ran into the house looking panicked. She’d found their 5-year-old son sitting in the yard with a mouthful of the fungi, which she immediately picked out of his mouth. Unsure whether he’d ingested any …

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Ramaphosa meeting coronavirus council to discuss lockdown in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Sunday, 28 November 2021, to assess developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, including scientific updates on the new Covid-19 variant detected in Botswana and South Africa. The Presidency said the meeting would see scientific evidence and submissions by different economic and social sectors to help inform …

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See how much South Africans are spending on Black Friday

Payfast’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday (BFCM) online tracker is now live, revealing how much South Africans are spending on this year’s sales. Payfast is an online payment gateway that facilitates ecommerce payments. It currently serves more than 80,000 merchants, ranging from small businesses to large enterprises. The company first launched its BFCM dashboard in 2020. “The dashboard makes live payment data …

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How one Nigerian university student turned to cybercrime during the pandemic to pay his bills, driven by high unemployment, few well-paying jobs, and boredom (Olatunji Olaigbe/The Record)

Olatunji Olaigbe / The Record: How one Nigerian university student turned to cybercrime during the pandemic to pay his bills, driven by high unemployment, few well-paying jobs, and boredom  —  ILORIN, Nigeria—Around November 2020, Kayode said he was invited to a house party—the kind attended mostly by others involved in the country’s illicit digital economy. Source link

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24 Best Black Friday Deals on Furniture and Smart Home Gear (2021)

Lenovo Smart Clock Photograph: Lenovo In our guide to the Best Smart Displays, we say the Lenovo Smart Clock is perfect for a bedroom. Since the display is on the small side, it works particularly well on a nightstand or dresser. The interface is minimal, but still helpful, providing at-a-glance information on important reminders or weather updates (as well as …

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Uber fined R5.3 million in Belgium

Uber has been ordered to pay a 300,000 euro (R5.35 million) penalty, adding to the challenge of a court-ordered partial shutdown imposed on its ride-hailing service in Brussels earlier this week. The Dutch-speaking Brussels Court of Appeal told two of the company’s units to pay 150,000 euros each when it backed a complaint by a Brussels taxi firm, according to …

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We can shut off E-tv’s old TV signal in two months — Minister

Sentech switched off all 84 of M-Net’s old analogue terrestrial television sites in two months, and the state-owned signal distributor can shut down E-tv’s remaining transmitters in the same amount of time. This is according to communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, who provided an update on South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT). E-tv owner eMedia Holdings has …

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