From farming to Big Tech — The South African in charge of Google’s Chromebooks division

Few might know that one of the leaders at tech giant Google was born and bred in South Africa. For almost four years, John Solomon has been vice president and general manager for ChromeOS, Google’s growingly popular desktop operating system. Under his leadership, Google’s Chromebooks have recorded massive growth, outselling Macs in 2020 while continuing strong performance in 2021. Before …

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Big 2021 South African tech quiz — see how much you know

2021 was an interesting year in the South African IT and telecommunications market, with spectrum battles, a change in communications ministers, and many acquisitions. One of the biggest stories was the battle around spectrum, with Telkom, MTN, and Vodacom launching legal action against Icasa’ decision to take back the temporary spectrum. After a ministerial intervention, it all ended well with …

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How much South Africa’s top tech CEOs got paid — including one who earned R100 million

The best-paid tech executive in South Africa over the last year was Datatec CEO Jens Montanana, who earned R100 million in salary and bonuses. Two other executives — former MTN CEO Rob Shuter and Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub — earned R74 million and R55 million, respectively. While many business leaders highlighted that these competitive salaries are required to keep top …

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South African tech helps small-scale farmers grow

Agri-tech organisation Khula! (or “to grow” in Zulu), is attempting to level the playing field between large and small-scale farmers, BBC news reported. Small-scale farmers lack access to resources and often find it challenging to get their produce to market. Khula! is attempting to provide a solution to these problems. Launched in 2018, Khula! works with a network of more …

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12 Big Tech experts explain how to fix Facebook

Facebook is broken, and after a recent deluge of damning internal company leaks to the press and Congress, the world has unassailable proof of how troubled it really is. Almost 2 billion people around the world use a product owned by Meta (formerly called Facebook), including WhatsApp and Instagram, every day. For many of its users, the nearly $1 trillion …

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Takealot Blue Dot Countdown Week 2 – Even more awesome DEALS on tech and so much more

Week two of the Takealot Blue Dot Countdown sale has arrived, bringing with it even more great new deals. The second week of deals runs from 8–14 November and offers South Africa’s top deals across a wide range of categories – including technology, home, and beauty products. The Blue Dot Countdown sale will run over four weeks until 25 November, …

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Even as China Cracks Down on Tech, AI Companies Plan IPOs

The motives behind the government action are complicated. Officially, it is designed to curb anti-competitive practices, secure private data, and address income inequality or “capitalist excess.” But it also brings powerful businesses closer in line with the Communist Party. “When Alibaba, Tencent, and JD.com are worth billions or even trillions of dollars and yet they are not under the Party’s …

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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

Beyond Schmidt and Jassy, members included Andrew Moore, Google’s head of cloud AI; Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle; Eric Horvitz, Microsoft’s director of research; Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense who helped start the Pentagon’s recent pivot toward AI, and former Democratic FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn. “What I saw was an extraordinarily conflicted quasi-government body writing policy and …

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