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Ultimate Software going private for $11 billion dominated the international ICT market last week, while at home it was comparatively quiet.

* An interim loss from Net 1 UEPS Technologies, with revenue also down (34.5%).
* A positive trading update from MTN.
* Negative trading updates from Alaris Holdings and Silverbridge Holdings.
* The 51% acquisition by Dynamic Technologies, a software and technology group, of DotModus, a cloud solutions firm.
* The 37.45% investment by the Reatile Group, an investment holding company, in Pragma, an enterprise asset and facilities management company.
* The announcement that Kingson Capital, a Section 12J venture capital company, has a R400 million fund to invest in high-growth tech and black-owned start-up companies in SA.

* Ethio Telecom will be the first company to be privatised partially from among the four state-owned companies the Ethiopian government has decided to privatise.
* Lava International Limited, a multinational mobile phone manufacturer, has entered into the Nigerian market through the launch of its Champion series (C1, A1, N1) and smartphones Z series (Z81 2GB, Z81 3GB) and the Iris 5.
* Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan unit has agreed to combine operations with Telkom Kenya, creating the second-largest telecommunications operator in the East African nation after Safaricom.
* The appointments of Henry Craukamp as MD of Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa; and Pedro Guerreiro as MD of SAP Africa’s newly-formed Central African region.

* The acquisition by Barracuda Networks of Avast Software’s Managed Workplace, giving the former its first remote monitoring and management platform.
* The $618.5 million acquisition by Carbonite of Webroot, a leading cyber security company.
* The $11 billion acquisition by Hellman & Friedman, a private equity firm, of Ultimate Software Group, a cloud-based human resources applications developer.
* The acquisition by Kofax, a leading supplier of intelligent automation software to automate and digitally transform end-to-end business processes, of Top Image Systems, a global innovator of on-premises and cloud-based applications that optimise content-driven business processes.
* Microsoft bought DataSense, a platform for collecting and managing data within schools that is used by education-focused solution providers.
* Pegasystems purchased Infruid Labs, a business analytics and data visualisation software company.
* The acquisition by Spotify of podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor as it looks to take on Apple’s popular iTunes podcasting platform.
* STMicroelectronics purchased a majority stake in Swedish silicon carbide wafer manufacturer Norstel AB.
* The $218 million acquisition by Tesla of Maxwell Technologies, which will help the electric car-maker beef up its battery technology.

The acquisition by Spotify of podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor as it looks to take on Apple’s popular iTunes podcasting platform.

* The $185 million acquisition by Tyler Technologies, the public sector juggernaut that has been a big player in state and local government digital transformation, of MicroPact, a software company that focuses on the federal market. In addition, it has acquired MyCivic, a rapidly growing provider of citizen engagement applications.
* VMware bought AetherPal, a technology partner that enables IT administrators to remotely monitor and update devices in the field.
* Xerox purchased Vader Systems, a provider of 3D printing technology.
* The investment by NTT’s Docomo in Hatch, a spin-off of Angry Birds game-maker Rovio, in order to bring 5G gaming to Japanese consumers.
* Apple has reached a deal with France to pay an undeclared amount of back-dated tax, with French media putting the sum at around EUR500 million.
* Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.
* TPx Communications, formerly known as TelePacific Communications, is going public as part of a complex deal involving a special purpose acquisition company, Pensare Acquisition, which will help TPx become a Nasdaq-listed public company. The transaction values the combined companies at approximately $1.1 billion, with the new company being known as TPx Corp.
* Excellent quarterly results from Cabot Microelectronics (back in the black), IEC Electronics (back in the black) and Take Two Interactive Software.
* Very good quarterly figures from Microchip Technology (back in the black), Shutterfly, Tableau Software (back in the black) and Viavi Solutions (back in the black).
* Good quarterly numbers from Alphabet (back in the black), Carbonite (back in the black), CSG Systems International, EA (back in the black), eGain (back in the black), Entegris, Fabrinet, Fortinet (back in the black), GoPro (back in the black), Motorola Solutions (back in the black), Paycom Software, Presidio, Spotify (back in the black), Trimble (back in the black), Twitter, Ubiquiti Networks (back in the black), Ultimate Software and Vishay Intertechnology.
* Satisfactory quarterly results from Arrow Electronics, Cerner, Cognizant Technology Solutions (back in the black), Euronet Worldwide, FormFactor, Gartner, Genpact, Manhattan Associates, Radware, Rudolph Technologies, ScanSource, Sensata Technologies, Sonos, Teradata (back in the black) and VeriSign.
* Mediocre quarterly results from DXC Technology, First Data, Lumentum and NXP Semiconductors.
* Mixed quarterly figures from Amdocs, Axcelis Technologies, BCE, Brooks Automation, CDK Global, CDW, ePlus, Esco Technologies, Fiserv, Internet Initiative Japan, MTS Systems, Nuance Communications, Pitney Bowes, Quantenna Communications, Softbank, Swisscom, T-Mobile, TechTarget and Zynga, with revenue up but net income down; and, from Alliance Data, Benchmark Electronics (but back in the black), Qorvo, PC Connection, Seagate Technology, Skyworks Solutions, Snap-On, Synaptics (but back in the black), TTM Technologies and Zayo Group, with revenue down but net income up.
* Quarterly losses from A10 Networks, Aerohive Networks, Allot Communications, Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Amtech Systems, Arlo Technologies, FireEye, ForeScout Technologies, Glu Mobile, MACOM Technology Solutions, MaxLinear, Mercari, Millicom, MobileIron, NCR, Netgear, pdvWireless, Pixelworks, Plantronics, Rapid7, RealNetworks, Snap, Tenable, Viad, ViaSat, Vocera Communications, Vodafone Idea, Westell Technologies and Zendesk.
* The appointments of Mike Baur as chairman of ScanSource (already CEO); Kevin Campbell as CEO of Backoffice Associates; Francisco D’Souza as executive vice-chairman of Cognizant Technology Solutions; Brian Humphries as CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions; and Sanjay Mirchandani as president and CEO of CommVault Systems.
* The retirement of Steve Fischer, chairman of Scan Source; and Paul J Tufano, president and CEO of Benchmark Electronics.
* The departure of Christopher North, CEO of Shutterfly.
* An IPO filing in the US from Slack, the business messaging service provider.
* A disappointing IPO in Hong Kong from Tencent-backed Maoyan Entertainment, China’s biggest movie-ticketing platform by sales.

* JSE All share index: Down 1.3%
* FTSE100: Up 0.7%
* DAX: Down 2.4%
* NYSE (Dow): Up 0.2%
* S&P 500: Up 0.1%
* Nasdaq: Up 0.5%
* Nikkei225: Down 2.2%
* Hang Seng: Up 0.1%
* Shanghai: No change

* Palo Alto Networks acquiring Demisto, a US-Israeli information security firm.
* Switzerland’s Sunrise Communications Group buying Liberty Global’s Swiss business UPC Schweiz, a broadband provider.
* Dell Technologies selling SecureWorks.

South Africa:
* More re the listing of the MultiChoice Group.

Final word

Fortune magazine has published its 2019 list of ‘The world’s most admired companies’. In the list from a technology perspective are:
* 1 Apple (no change)
* 2 Amazon (no change)
* 6 Microsoft (was 7)
* 7 Alphabet (was 3)
* 8 Netflix (was 11)
* 14 Salesforce (was 15)
* 34 Alibaba (new entrant)
* 36 Accenture (was 40)
* 40 IBM (was 35)
* 44 Facebook (was 12)
* 50 Samsung Electronics (new entrant)

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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal




People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in

worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do




“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach




Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe




Miss Universe Andrea Meza

Miss Universe Andrea Meza





1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru



1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil





1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam



74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021




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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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