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SEC warns Nigerian fintechs against trading foreign stocks

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned unregistered investment-tech platforms to desist from offering foreign securities to Nigerians.
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Rangers join Swansea social media boycott to tackle online abuse

“From 5:00 pm (1600 GMT) today all first-team players, those in the academy professional phase, Swansea City Ladies, Community Trust, senior club staff and official club channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube and TikTok) will not post any content for a period of seven days,” the club said in a statement.
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Hacker sells millions of LinkedIn users’ data

Over 500 million users’ profiles of the popular American business and employment-oriented online service LinkedIn are currently on sale on a hacker site.
Satire pages will now be labelled as such, along with public officials, fan pages, and government news outlets. Facebook

Facebook hopes tiny labels on posts will stop users confusing satire with reality

Facebook is adding additional labels to posts from Pages that appear in users’ News Feeds in a bid to reduce confusion about their origin. These labels will include “public official,” “fan page,” and “satire page.” The company says it’s already started testing the deployment of these labels in the US, and will gradually add them to more posts.
Apple has not been spared the effects of the ongoing global component shortage, according to a new report in Nikkei.

Global chip shortage hits iPad, MacBook production – report

Apple has not been spared the effects of the ongoing global component shortage, according to a new report in Nikkei. The publication says that some production of MacBooks and iPads has been delayed, with “a portion of component orders” pushed back to the second half of 2021.
The Amazon Music mobile app is getting a new feature to make it a little bit easier to use while driving. Car Mode is a simplified version of Amazon Music’s interface, featuring larger buttons, suggested playlists and albums, and easy access to Alexa.

Amazon Music now has a Car Mode for easier use while driving

The Amazon Music mobile app is getting a new feature to make it a little bit easier to use while driving. Car Mode is a simplified version of Amazon Music’s interface, featuring larger buttons, suggested playlists and albums, and easy access to Alexa.

Nokia, Lenovo conclude patent deal, settles litigation

Finnish telecom equipment maker, Nokia Corp., said on Wednesday it had concluded a multi-year multi-technology patent cross-license agreement with Chinese personal computer and mobile maker Lenovo Group Ltd.
Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.

Twitch to ban users for harassment

Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.
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Nigeria loses N45 billion, jobs to ban on new SIM cards

Since the suspension of new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card sales and registration by telecom operators on December 9, 2021, the country has been recording its negative impact on socio-economic activities as over N45 billion might have so far been lost.
Google’s philanthropy arm Google.org has pledged $25 million to empower women and girls in Africa.

Google AI manager resigns following controversial firings of two top researchers

A Google researcher manager has resigned following the controversial firings of two female leaders in his organization. Samy Bengio, who oversaw the ethical AI team prior to a reorganization in February, is leaving to pursue other opportunities, according to Bloomberg. His last day will be April 28th.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google launches Lyra codec in beta to reduce voice call bandwidth usage

Google today open-sourced Lyra in beta, an audio codec that uses machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls. The code and demo, which are available on GitHub, compress raw audio down to 3 kilobits per second for “quality that compares favorably to other codecs,” Google says.

Ex-CBN deputy governor: Terrorists, kidnappers now demanding ransom in cryptocurrency

Kingsley Moghalu, former presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), says terrorists and kidnappers are now demanding ransom in cryptocurrency.
TikTok creators will soon be able to add automatically-generated captions to their videos as the app attempts to make itself more accessible.

TikTok adds automatic captions to videos in accessibility push

TikTok creators will soon be able to add automatically-generated captions to their videos as the app attempts to make itself more accessible.
Social audio app Clubhouse will let all users pay other creators starting Monday. It’s the first monetization tool built right into the app.

Clubhouse’s new direct payments let users pay creators

Clubhouse says it won’t take a cut of payments, meaning that creators get the entirety of what somebody sends them. Not everyone will be able to receive payments just yet, though; that will be rolling out in waves, “starting with a small test group,” Clubhouse says.
Twitter said Saturday that hackers “manipulated” some of its employees to access accounts in a high-profile attack, including those of Joe Biden and Elon Musk, and apologized profusely for the breach.

Russian Twitter slowdown to last into May

Russia’s government will throttle data to and from Twitter for users in the country for at least another month as the company works to remove banned content.
The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.

US Supreme Court dismisses case on Donald Trump blocking Twitter critics

The U.S. Supreme Court set aside a federal appeals court ruling that former President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked critics from following his Twitter account.
Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet, is shutting down on May 4th.

Yahoo Answers to be shut down on May 4th

Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet, is shutting down on May 4th. That’s the day the Yahoo Answers website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage, and all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist. The platform has been operating since 2005.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

US Supreme Court sides with Google in $8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle

The Supreme Court sided Monday with Google in an $8 billion copyright dispute with Oracle over the internet company’s creation of the Android operating system used on most smartphones worldwide.
Apple CEO Tim Cook rarely provides details on unannounced products, but he offered some hints about Apple’s thinking on augmented reality and cars in an interview with Kara Swisher for The New York Times this morning.

Tim Cook: Apple wants to use AR to make conversations better

Apple CEO Tim Cook rarely provides details on unannounced products, but he offered some hints about Apple’s thinking on augmented reality and cars in an interview with Kara Swisher for The New York Times this morning.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Amazon retaliated against climate organizers – US labor board

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that Amazon retaliated against two activist employees when it fired them in April of last year, as first reported by The New York Times.
World Leading Smartphone device Xiaomi, has signed former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, as their new corporate brand ambassador to represent its latest mobile device.

Xiaomi signs Jay Jay Okocha as brand ambassador

World Leading Smartphone device Xiaomi, has signed former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, as their new corporate brand ambassador to represent its latest mobile device.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s phone number included in huge Facebook user leak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly among those affected in a mass data leak that revealed users’ phone numbers.

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Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Mino Raiola wants Erling Haaland to be 1st £1 millon-a-week player

Mino Raiola is determined to make Erling Haaland the first £1 million-a-week player.
Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Southeast governors lunches regional security outfit

The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone.
The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

UN expresses worry over violence against women in Nigeria

The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

Five killed in Ondo auto crash, robbery attack

No fewer than five lost their lives in Ondo State on Sunday in two separate incidents of a robbery attack and a road accident.

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Kano State business community has urged the Federal Government to resume international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to ease their business activities.

Kano airport resumes international flights

The Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) has resumed international flights, one year after they were suspended over COVID-19 concerns.

Graduate nurses want Nigerian government to increase hazard allowance

University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has urged the Federal Government to increase members’ monthly hazard allowance from the current N5,000.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna: Union demands payment of educational institutions salary

The Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions, Kaduna State Chapter, has demanded for the payment of consolidated salary structure to academic and non-academic staff of polytechnics and colleges of education by the state government.
Ahead of the match against relegation threatened Bournemouth on Sunday, Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has urged his teammates to be focused as they battle to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Wilfred Ndidi backs Kelechi Iheanacho to continue impressive form

Wilfred Ndidi believes Kelechi Iheanacho will get even better now that unfair criticism against the forward has stopped.
Former Lagos State governor from 1979 to 1983, Lateef Kayode Jakande, has passed on.

Lagos estates to honour late Lateef Jakande with football tourney

Estates in Lagos are set to organise a memorial football championship to honour the late civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Kayode Jakande.