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We weren't hacked, says Facebook

Facebook has denied that the social network was hacked after it was briefly inaccessible on Tuesday.
"Earlier this morning [Tuesday] many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Jumanah Anter, Facebook Corporate Communications lead for CEEMEA told Fin24.
Users had trouble accessing the site as well as Instagram and Tinder from around 08:20 and many took to Twitter to express their shock.
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Motorola smartphones are coming back to SA

Motorola smartphones will officially return to South Africa this year thanks to a push by the phone maker's parent company Lenovo - the world’s biggest PC manufacturer.
Among Motorola’s last high profile smartphone launches in SA was the phone maker’s 2012 release of its ‘Razr Maxx’ handset.
But since then, customers have resorted to unofficial channels to purchase Motorola smartphones in South Africa as takeover changes affected the phone company’s global operations.
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Why a Samsung-BlackBerry deal could make sense

Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities.
Once strong in mobile devices, Blackberry is now an also ran, overtaken by the touchscreen offerings of Apple and Samsung. But analysts say it has technology and intellectual property that could make it attractive to Samsung, which is looking to revive growth momentum in its smartphone business.
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How reading a Kindle in bed ruins sleep

Snuggling up with a good book in bed has long been seen as a way to wind down at the end of the day.
But scientists have discovered that the millions who read their bedtime stories on an iPad or a Kindle Fire are actually keeping themselves awake.
They found that people who regularly read electronic books before lights out sleep for fewer hours.
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Help your liver... drop a drinking day

You might think that knocking back a drink six days out of seven doesn’t sound like the most virtuous of health plans.
But according to research, laying off alcohol for just one day a week could significantly reduce your risk of liver damage.
Scientists have previously claimed that people who drink large amounts are the most likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis.
But now a study of 55 197 people has shown that drinking patterns can also influence your risk of developing the disease.
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Alleged beach passion killer in court

The 29-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend following an argument at Independence beach, as they sat in a vehicle, has appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court.
Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis postponed the murder case of Jomo Petrus, 29, until February 26. He is accused of killing his girlfriend Louise Roxy Alupe, 24, on November 10 last year.
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New light on email spying saga

The so-called email spying saga at Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has deepened, with the dismissed employees now claiming that they had in fact been mandated by the previous board to do an investigation. Reports surfaced this week that NWR had dismissed its Business Operation Manager, Diana Mugavari and Senior Manager of Internal Audit and Risk Compliance, Jermia Shangadi, after finding them guilty of misconduct. Read more about New light on email spying saga

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Family to sue for baby's vaccination death

The Office of the Prosecutor General (PG) is set to receive a culpable homicide docket from the police, after they investigated Local and Regional Government Minister Charles Namoloh in connection with a car accident in which a toddler was killed.
The PG’s office will receive the docket next month and a decision will then be made about whether Namoloh should be prosecuted.
Police spokesperson Inspector Slogan Matheus said they had completed the culpable homicide probe.
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Alleged passion killer to plead in May

The case of a man accused of slitting the throat of his girlfriend with a broken glass has been postponed to May 7 for plea and trial.
Jeffrey Barman, 23, is charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and common assault.
He has been in custody since November 2012 when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Melanie Booysen, 20.
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OvaHerero hit back at Otjikaoko chiefs

The OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) has reacted strongly to what it is says are defamatory statements by the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority recently.
The follows media reports in which the Otjikaoko leaders accused the OTA, under the leadership of Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro, of imposing itself on other traditional authorities, including the Otjikaoko.
The Otjikaoko further dismissed claims by the OTA that it is superior to other government-recognised traditional authorities of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu community.
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