Drones Now Part Of Anti-Poaching Arsenal – Surveillance drones are being deployed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to combat rhino poaching. So far this year, 82 rhinos have been killed by poachers for their horns. [bdlive]
New Age Advertising: Funded – Ultimately – By The Government – Telkom invested R34-million in advertising in the New Age newspaper from December 2011 to November 2012, a report said on Sunday. The government owns 40% of Telkom. Go figure. [mail&guardian]
Nigeria Crowned Champions – Sunday Mba struck with a left-footed volley in the first half as Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday to end a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy drought. [sport24]
Twins’ DNA hinders France Sexual Assault Investigation – Police who are investigating a series of sexual assaults in the southern French city of Marseille have arrested identical twin brothers. They have the same DNA and CCTV footage shows that one of them did it. [bbc]
The UK Government Condemns That Whole Horse Meat Vibe They’re Having – The government accused unknown criminals for a growing scandal of horsemeat being sold in imported beef products that has generated shock headlines in a country where many recoil in horror at the very idea of eating horses. [reuters]
Facebook Deal to Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Coming As Soon As Next Week – Microsoft’s attempt to find a new home for its Atlas ad-serving business may finally be coming to an end. The company is expected to announce a deal to sell it to Facebook as early as this week. [adage]
George Bush Emails Hacked After Attacker Targets Friends And Family – An audacious hacker has posted a large cache of photographs and emails stolen from the email accounts of friends and relatives of former presidents George HW Bush and his son George W Bush. [techworld]
BlackBerry Surrenders In Japan – Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has run the white flag up in Japan, by effectively withdrawing from that market. [telegraph]
Hillary Clinton More Popular Than Obama, Biden – Yet another poll confirms that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most — if not the most — popular politicians in Washington right now. [washpo]
Seven Days Later, The Killer Ex-Cop Is Still On The Loose – The manhunt continues for Christopher Jordan Dorner, the alleged killer of 3 people, whose manic manifesto, celebrity fixations, and past good deeds have earned him a burgeoning fanbase. [gawker]
Venezuela Announces Widely Expected Currency Devaluation, Cutting Bolivar’s Value Nearly Half – Venezuela’s government announced Friday that it is devaluing the country’s currency, a long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy. [foxnews]
Dell’s Top Shareholders Don’t Want It To Go Private – The company’s top outside shareholder says the current deal presented by Dell doesn’t pay shareholders enough — and other large shareholders are said to agree. [cnet]
Delacroix Liberty Painting Defaced By Woman With Marker Pen At Louvre Exhibition – A woman was seized by security guards after using marker pen to deface one of the most famous paintings by Eugene Delacroix at an exhibition in northern France. [independent]
Snowstorm Knocks Out Power For Thousands Across North-East US – At least seven deaths blamed on weather and 650,000 people are left without power after storm moves through New England. [guardian]
‘Scotland Is Better Off In Britain’ Says Cameron – “Better together and poorer apart” is how the PM sees Scotland’s place within the UK and how it might change with separation. [skynews]
Woman Sexually Assaulted By Choirmaster Killed Herself After Giving Evidence Against Him – A woman who was sexually abused by a world-renowed choirmaster has killed herself days after giving evidence against him, it can be revealed. [telegraph]
Enjoy This: Nelson Mandela Is a Fan of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ – You’d think Nelson Mandela would want absolutely nothing to do with the TLC reality show Toddlers & Tiaras. But you’d think wrong. [gawker]
Capote Classic ‘In Cold Blood’ Tainted by Long-Lost Files – New evidence undermines Mr. Capote’s claim that his best seller was an “immaculately factual” recounting of the bloody slaughter of the Clutter family in their Kansas farmhouse. [wallstreetjournal]
Paul Gascoigne In Intensive Care After Detox – Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been taken to intensive care in the United States after his health declined. [yahoo]
Vatican Hopes Secret Files Exonerate ‘Hitler’s Pope’ – Author uncovers evidence on Pius XII’s wartime efforts to save Jewish refugees. [guardian]
MOVIES: This One Looks Like A Goodie: Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effect-s Will Make You Question Your Sanity — In a Good Way (Probably) – Much like commercials for actual drugs, the ads for director Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects show you something less than the whole picture, leaving out the more nefarious details about exactly what’s going to happen when you consume it. [wired]
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Mail & Guardian Newsroom – Today’s #MGNewsroom Show takes you through the news making headlines – both in the M&G paper and elsewhere. From the Gupta’s plans for a 24-hour TV channel, to the ongoing story of collusions in the construction industry, we breaks down the big news into bite-sized chunks. And next week is the week of love as well as the State of the Nation address, on Valentine’s day. Phillip and Verashni will talk through some expectations ahead of Jacob Zuma’s address. 9am-10am, don’t miss it! [2ovfm]
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Cape Town’s Downhill Skater VS JP Smith – Dec’io Lourenc’o is facing some serious charges for reckless endangerment. And JP Smith, Cape Town City Councilor and Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, is behind it all. Dec’io joined us in studio for the debate, along with Andrew Wheeldon, Founder and MD at the bicycle empowerment network. We then followed the interview with a call to J.P Smith. Separate podcasts for Dec’io Lorenc’o, Andrew Wheeldon and JP Smith. [podcasts]
The Business Of Blogging On Biz Takeouts – Bloggers Dan Nash, of Bangerandnash.com and Natalie Roos, fromTalesofamermaid.com joined Warren Harding in the 2oV studio to talk about the business of blogging. The South African power couple both have hugely popular blogs and talk to us about how they hit the big time, the power of social media and what awaits them in the near future. The pair also give us some handy tips on how to get a blog popular (if you take Natalie’s advice, blog about cats. And lots of them). They also play a round of Blogger’s Bingo, which involves a lot of Jack Daniels, naturally. For the full interview and all of the blogging mogul’s advice – [podcast]
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