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NCC: How 5G internet network will benefit Nigeria

Experts in the telecommunication industry on Thursday stated that Nigeria will derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the fifth generation (5G) networks.
The popular game Plague Inc., where you create a disease with the goal of spreading it across the world, has been removed from the App Store in China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Virus game ‘Plague’ app pulled in China – developer

A popular game that allows players to create a virus and spread it worldwide has been pulled from Apple’s App Store in China, its developer said, as the country battles a real-life epidemic.
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NCC: Poor power generation may hamper 5G roll out

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Thursday at the Social Media Week, Lagos, SMWL, cried out that if the power situation in the country does not improve from the level it is now, commercialisation of the fifth generation, 5G networks in Nigeria will be impacted negatively.
Steven Seagal, best known for fighting off bad guys with roundhouse kicks in movies like Above the Law, has settled a case with the Securities and Exchange Commission over promoting a cryptocurrency on social media.

Steven Seagal settles with SEC over 2018 cryptocurrency promotion

Steven Seagal, best known for fighting off bad guys with roundhouse kicks in movies like Above the Law, has settled a case with the Securities and Exchange Commission over promoting a cryptocurrency on social media. The action star will pay $314,000, and won’t be allowed to promote any security — digital or otherwise — for three years.
Pep Guardiola's current Manchester City contract expires in 2021

Pep Guardiola’s emails hacked as police launch investigation

A man has been arrested after an investigation was launched into the alleged hacking of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s emails.

Google, Flutterwave to train 5,000 SMEs in Nigeria

Google Nigeria, in partnership with digital payments company, Flutterwave, will commence a series of business clinics aimed at helping 5,000 merchants across Nigeria acquire the skills and tools needed.
Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year.

Google defeats conservative group’s YouTube censorship appeal

Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook confirms ban on misleading coronavirus ads

Facebook is banning ads that promise to cure, prevent, or otherwise incite panic around COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, the company has confirmed in a statement given to Business Insider. The company added that it has similar policies for its Marketplace platform where Facebook users can buy and sell items.
Elon Musk is calling for regulation on organizations developing advanced artificial intelligence, including his companies.

Elon Musk calls for regulations on artificial intelligence

Elon Musk is calling for regulation on organizations developing advanced artificial intelligence, including his companies.
WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster magistrates court in London after a previous hearing last month. Simon Dawson-Reuters

WikiLeaks founder stripped naked, handcuffed – lawyer tells court

Julian Assange was stripped naked twice and handcuffed 11 times coming and going from the court, the WikiLeaks founder’s lawyer told his US extradition hearing in London on Tuesday.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Nigeria denies attempt to record phone calls, monitoring of social media

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has denied the news going the rounds on the social media, which claimed that the Federal Government would commence the recording of phone calls and the monitoring of all social media platforms and fora of the citizens.
Invitations to WhatsApp group chats are being indexed by Google, making the invite links —including links to private group chats — discoverable and available to anyone who wants to join, Motherboard reports.

Google indexing WhatsApp group chat links

Invitations to WhatsApp group chats are being indexed by Google, making the invite links —including links to private group chats — discoverable and available to anyone who wants to join, Motherboard reports.
Google employees are holding a sit-in at offices around the world to protest alleged retaliation against workers.

Google cracks down on Android apps that track users location in background

Google is placing new restrictions on which Android apps can track your location in the background, with a new review process that will check whether an app definitely needs access to the data. The changes were announced in a blog post to Android developers earlier this week. Google says that from August 3rd all new Google Play apps that ask for background access will need to pass review, expanding to all existing apps on November 3rd.
Apple is considering letting users set third-party apps as the iPhone and iPad’s default web browsers and email clients, Bloomberg reports.

Apple considers allowing third-party apps to be set as iOS defaults

The company is also reportedly working on allowing third-party music services like Spotify to run directly on its HomePod smart speaker, bypassing the need to stream them from an Apple device over AirPlay. Although the plans are thought to be in their early stages, Bloomberg says that the changes could arrive later this year in iOS 14 and in an update to the HomePod’s firmware.
Mr Adeyemi Olutoye, Founder of an online pharmaceutical shop, Drugstore .ng, says establishment of online pharmacies will address the shortage of drugs supply in Nigeria.

Pharmacist: Online pharmacies’ll address shortage of drugs supply in Nigeria

Mr Adeyemi Olutoye, Founder of an online pharmaceutical shop, Drugstore .ng, says establishment of online pharmacies will address the shortage of drugs supply in Nigeria.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook sued by US for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.
Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi, newly appointed Post Master General of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), has assumed office at the corporate headquarters of the organisation in Abuja.

NCC, NIPOST to sign MoU on e-services

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on an e-fulfilment centre for e-services, e-commerce, e-governance and e-agriculture.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Industry chief tells Facebook to adapt to EU

EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant’s proposed internet rules as insufficient.

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Actor Jackie Chan reassured his fans this week that he was safe and not under quarantine amid concerns over the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: I’m not in quarantine – Jackie Chan

Popular actor and producer, Jackie Chan, has said he is safe and healthly despite spread of Coronavirus in China.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, he said.

Ethiopia’s Ahmad Abiy faces outcry over crackdown on rebels

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A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter fires a truck-mounted gun towards the town of Saraqeb on Wednesday [Omar Haj Kadour-AFP]

33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syrian air raid in Idlib

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces in northwestern Idlib province as Turkey vowed "to respond in kind" with attacks on "all" their positions.
The UN Security Council will hold a first informal meeting on Cameroon this month to discuss a worsening humanitarian crisis that has left three million people struggling for food.

Countries criticise Russia, Syria at UN over killing of Turkish soldiers

Russia and Syria on Friday came under strong criticisms from western countries in the UN Security Council over the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria on Thursday.
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Coronavirus: Oyo expresses high level of preparedness

Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, has disclosed that the state government is on a high level of preparedness for any possible outbreak of coronavirus in the state.