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Communications minister Yunus Carrim
Local Internet giant Naspers has again hit out at Google, this time via a subsidiary accusing it – and similar companies – of not paying tax on its South Africanearned ad revenue, a strategy it says is legal, but nonetheless hampers the local Internet industry. Google, and companies like Apple and Facebook, legally use a well-known and understood tax loophole to avoid paying taxes in countries such as SA. – ITWeb
Shameel Joosub, Vodacom
Vodacom’s public share offer, YeboYethu – the operator’s R7.5 billion black economic empowerment (BEE) venture – has opened up for limited trading in shares.

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President Jacob Zuma
Rdio, a digital music service, and Shazam, a media engagement company, will expand their music discovery partnership to include SA. “Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio,” says Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam. – ITWeb

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Sipho Maseko, Telkom
DSTV has added a new feature to its DStv iOS app that allows DStv Premium customers to download selected videos from DStv Catch Up. DStv Catch Up is a video on-demand service available to DStv Premium customers. DStv says DStv Premium customers can stream major sporting events live via the Internet on the SuperSport Web site. – ITWeb
Benjamin Mophatlane, BCX
The International Data Corporation’s (IDC’s) latest report: “Competitive Profiles and Analysis of Leading IT Services Players in South Africa”, has found that Business Connexion (BCX) has knocked Dimension Data from the top of the log.

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