Rod Baker is Content Director at Bizcommunity.com. A journalist since before computers, he worked on a wide range of magazines and, in his youth, rose through the ranks from being a lowly and abused sub-editor, to a high and still abused editor and publisher. He has been editor and publisher of a number of magazines, as well as a newspaper. He has edited many books, and written a number too. Email him at .
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Facebook went down briefly yesterday in some parts of the world - so now we know what life would be like without the social networking giant, reports Financial Review. Meanwhile, for those authorities that like checking everyone out, Mail & Guardian has a guide on 'how to spy on your citizens', but BlackBerry SA has assured SA users that 'you're safe with us', reports Times Live.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Hackers yesterday attacked the IOL website, reports TechCentral, while Right2Know has accused SA mobile network operators of stifling communication, reports BD Live. And as for international media covering Madiba's hospital stay, they have been warned, reports news24.com.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Dali Tambo, responding to CapeTalk567 radio presenter Kieno Kammies' dismissal of Tambo's Mugabe interview as little more than a PR exercise, abandoned his usually measured responses and upped the volume somewhat, reports Mail & Guardian.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: The release of crime scene images into the public domain has stunned the Pistorius family, reports IOL. Meanwhile, Zapiro et al can rest easy after Jacob Zuma dropped defamation cases against the cartoonist and others, reports Mail & Guardian, and Sunday Times claims to have evidence that Communications Minister Dina Pule and Phosane Mngqibisa are "an item", reports ITWeb.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is concerned at the manner in which Iqbal Survé's Sekunjalo group is going about its acquisition of Independent News & Media South Africa (INMSA), reports IOL. Mail & Guardian reports on Facebook bowing to an outcry over sexist content, and also reports on pirates - the film, that is - in Cape Town.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Lion bones have come back to haunt 'Number One', reports Mail & Guardian, and Times Media Group (TMG) has come out fighting following the Twitter skirmish conducted by Sekunjalo Group's Iqbal Survé, reports BD Live, which also reports that the Kirsh family, owner of media group Primedia, has sold its shares in AltX-listed telecommunications company FoneWorx to Caxton.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Iqbal Survé, who describes himself as "fearless" and "intelligent" and chairs the Sekunjalo group, has come out fighting after critics speculated about the implications of his group's purchase of Independent News and Media, reports IOL, and SA film, Zulu, has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.