Facebook And Twitter Back Apple In Phone Encryption Battle With FBI – As the US government attempts to weaken encryption, Facebook and Twitter have both come out in support of Apple. But why are tech companies so afraid? [guardian]
Rand Firms – The rand firmed to a seven-week high against the dollar on Thursday supported by expectations of interest rate hikes, while Gold Fields fell sharply as the stock market ended a recent rally. [ewn]
Virgin Galactic Rolling Out New Spaceship To Replace Destroyed Craft – The world’s newest passenger spaceship is being rolled out publicly for the first time Friday in the California desert. [usat]
ANC To March Against Racism – The ANC will lead a march to the Union Buildings on Friday morning to deliver a memorandum on racism. [enca]
‘There Is Extreme Hatred Of Whites’ – UCT Student – A University of Cape Town (UCT) student, who herself did not have place in a residence at the institution when she first arrived, says there is an extreme hatred of whites among those who are protesting the housing shortage. [n24]
MTN Hurt By Loss Of Subscribers – MTN, Africa’s biggest wireless operator, said 2015 earnings fell at least 20 percent due to a loss of business in Nigeria, where regulators withheld services and forced the company to cut off 5.1 million customers. [iol]
ANC Comments On Gupta ‘Obsession’ – The African National Congress (ANC) says South Africa is running the risk of being obsessed with the Gupta family and missing the bigger picture, which is the economy. [ewn]
Zuma Jnr Hits The Big Time With Optimum Deal If Officials Play Ball – Duduzani Zuma will be a major winner in the multi-illion-rand deal involving the takeover of Eskom supplier Optimum Coal by a “Gupta” company. [mg]
Zimbabwean Army Guards SA Currency On Plane As Investigations Continue – A South African Reserve Bank plane, in which a body was discovered, is under heavy military guard in Harare with millions of Rands on board. [mg]
The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles – The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales — boosted by generous government subsidies — rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life. Time to kill it again. [huff]
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Anglo American’s Debt Rating Cut To Junk By Standard & Poor’s – Credit-rating firm is the third in a week to cut miner, citing uncertainty of asset sales in depressed market. [wsj]
Sepp Blatter Protests His Innocence In French Radio Interview – Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter has again protested his innocence as he awaits to hear whether his suspension will stand. [sky]
How To Bail Out Kanye West: The Creator Of The ‘Bowie Bond’ On ’Ye’s $53M Debt Problem – David Pullman famously helped David Bowie secure $55 million in exchange for an innovative investment idea—a celebrity bond. Could it work for Kanye? [beast]
Kanye West & Taylor Swift Update: The Latest Details on Their Feud—Watch! – The battle between these music icons has been going on for weeks and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. [eol]
Selfie-Taking Tourists Kill A Baby Dolphin – Tourists in Argentina killed a rare baby dolphin after grabbing it out of the water so they could take selfies, according to Central European News. [nyp]
Justin Timberlake, Will.i.am Facing Copyright Suit Over ‘Damn Girl’ – The heir of a Grammy-winning disco artist claims Timberlake’s hit “Damn Girl” copied its hook, rhythm, harmony and melody from a 1969 song. [bb]
Jennifer Lawrence Puts On a Leggy Display for NYC Dinner! – Jennifer Lawrence shows off a whole lot of leg while stepping out for dinner on Thursday night (February 18) in New York City. [jj]
Multi-Millionaire Boxer Floyd Mayweather Falls For 19-Year-Old – New Look sales assistant from the West Midlands and whisks her to the U.S. in his £40m private jet. [dm]
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