Game On! Motlanthe Will Challenge Zuma – Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge incumbent President Jacob Zuma for the leadership of the African National Congress and the country, a source close to Motlanthe told AFP on Wednesday. [news24]
SABC Censors Another Programme: This Time It’s Zapiro – Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, was told yesterday thathis pre-recorded interview with SABC3’s Interface would not be aired. The cancellation was, he said, apparently because of “orders from above”. [timeslive]
Google Maps Returns To iOS – The wait is over. Google Maps for iOS will be available in the App Store on Thursday, December 13. The app, which has been MIA since Apple replaced it with their own not-ready-for-prime-time Maps app with the launch of iOS 6 in September. It now has turn by turn navigation. [forbes]
Sir Paul McCartney Stands in for Kurt Cobain at Nirvana Reunion – Surviving members of the band were joined by the Beatle at the 12.12.12 gig for victims of Hurricane Sandy last night. [independent]
North Korea’s Satellite Is ‘Tumbling Out Of Control” – The object that North Korea sent into space on Wednesday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News. They say it is indeed some kind of space vehicle, but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do. [nbc]
SA Apple Users Prefer Using US iTunes Account For Apps And Movies – With the US iTunes store holding the best array of movies, magazines, apps and TV shows, it’s no wonder there are more South Africans linked to the US store, than the local SA store. Especially when you don’t need a credit card to use it. Follow link to see how to do it. [getusitunesaccount]
Behold The 12/12/12 12:12 Baby – This baby is so fresh she doesn’t even have a name yet, but she definitely has a number. Baby-girl Patterson entered the world at 12 minutes after noon yesterday at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. [nytimes]
Software Pioneer McAfee Arrives In U.S. From Guatemala – Computer software pioneer John McAfee, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American, arrived in Miami on Wednesday evening after he was deported by Guatemala. [reuters]
Eight Days Left Before El Gordo Navidad – With a 1 in 3 chance of winning something, and over EUR2.3 billion in cash prizes, it’s no wonder 90% of Spain’s population buy tickets for El Gordo Navidad. Now you can share in this 200 year old tradition. Tickets are now also available to the rest of the world. [info]
KZN Requests Disaster Aid – The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government will ask the national government to declare areas of the province hardest hit by the inclement weather in the past week as disaster areas. [news24]
Facebook Turns Off Function That Let’s You Opt Out Of Searches For Your Name – You will thoroughly enjoy the reasoning and excuses Facebook gives for turning off the function that let’s you decide whether or not your name comes up in searches. Nothing must come in the way of growing the beast into a monster. [cbsnews]
Rebekah Brooks Took £10.8m Compensation From News Corp – Accounts at Rupert Murdoch’s firm reveal payoff to former chief executive of News International. [guardian]
Australian Media Watchdog To Investigate 2Day FM Prank Call – The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has opened a formal investigation into the broadcast by 2DayFM of a prank call to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. [itv]
Prank Call Nurse Cause Of Death Revealed – The nurse who died after a hoax call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was found hanged. Jacintha Saldanha was discovered on Friday morning in her room at staff accommodation near the hospital in west London. An inquest is due to open on Thursday. [skynews]
Explicit Images On Google: Now Harder To Find – Using Google to search for pornography? Your job just got a lot more difficult. As an intrepid Reddit user discovered, searching for terms that should lead to adult content on Google’s image search show content that is less X-rated than some might anticipate — even with SafeSearch turned off. [mashable]
Cannon Used To Shoot Drugs Into The US – U.S. Border Patrol agents say smugglers have come up with yet another creative way to get drugs in the country – a cannon. [ap]
Police Chief Sends Christmas Cards To Criminals – Gangsters in one of Canada’s most crime-ridden cities can expect a special greeting card this Christmas — from a local police chief dressed as jolly Santa Claus and packing heat. [afp]
Facebook INTERNS Make $25,000 More Than The Average US Citizen – Facebook is the #1 company to work for in the world, according to a new study by Glassdoor. The career site recently ranked the 50 best companies based on employee reviews and corporate data it collected. [busins]
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Prime Circle On The Pat & Marco Show – Prime Circle is a South African rock band success story. They’ve gone from a rehearsal room in the small town of Witbank, to one of South Africa’s most popular and talked about bands since their formation in 2001. They join Pat and Marco at 11am today to chat about their up coming Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset concert performance, and will be giving away tickets. [patandmarco]
Gadget Review – Pi the Gadget Guy joins Josie at 13h15 today to review his gadget pick of the week. Up for review today, is the Sony Xperia Go. This smartphone is made to last, with a high level of dust and water resistance. They will also be giving away tickets to watch the James Bond Film, Skyfall. [justjosie]
Bob’s Weekend Getaway – St Francis Links – They now offer luxury accommodation on the estate! Whether you are visiting St Francis Bay for a holiday, the Links for a wedding or conference or even if you just want to get away for a quiet weekend, look no further than these options. They all offer newly built luxury rooms in 2, 4, 6 and 10 bedroom homes/units, with self catering facilities. If you don’t want to cater, the club can! Breakfast is available at the clubhouse 7 days a week. Bob and Dan chatted to Jeff Clause about this destination, what makes it so special, and what people can expect when visiting St Francis Links. [podcast]
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