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Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU strikes down key US data sharing protocol, citing threat of mass surveillance

The European Union’s top court has invalidated a key data-sharing protocol that allows American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US. The court says the regulation, known as Privacy Shield, is invalid as it does not protect EU citizens from mass surveillance programs operated by American intelligence agencies like the NSA.
Mozilla’s VPN service has officially launched and is now available for Windows and Android in six countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, and the UK, the company announced today.

Mozilla’s VPN launches out of beta on Windows and Android

Mozilla’s VPN service has officially launched and is now available for Windows and Android in six countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, and the UK, the company announced today. The service is available for $4.99 a month, and, like other VPNs, it’s designed to make your web-browsing more private and secure. As part of the move, the service is being rebranded from Firefox Private Network to Mozilla VPN, a change that was announced last month.
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Google invests in Indian internet giant Jio, plans new smartphone

Google is investing $4.5 billion for a 7.73 percent stake in Jio Platforms, an Indian internet giant that offers broadband, mobile services, and online commerce platforms, the company announced today.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google announces $10 billion ‘digitization fund’ for India

Alphabet’s Google on Monday said it will spend around $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market.

NCC chairs ministerial broadband implementation steering committee

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been saddled with the responsibility of leading the team that will ensure effective monitoring and steering of the overall implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020-2025.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Nigeria hits 40.18 percent broadband penetration – minister

The Minister revealed this on Thursday, while inaugurating Broadband Implementation Steering Committee (BISC) to accelerate the attainment of 70 percent broadband penetration target by 2025 in Abuja. Pantami, who expressed satisfaction with the contribution of the sector to the nation’s GDP, described the contribution as unprecedented.
Telkom Kenya CEO Mugo Kibati uses his cell phone to test the Loon technology internet via video call as Alphabet Inc begins offering the world's first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in Radad, Baringo County, Kenya July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Jackson Njehia

Alphabet’s Loon launches balloon internet service in Kenya

Alphabet Inc began offering the world’s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya’s Rift Valley on Wednesday.
5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic.

France begins to sideline Huawei from mobile networks

France’s decision to give only temporary security approval for fifth-generation mobile equipment shows the government intends to gradually sideline Huawei Technologies Co., a majority party lawmaker said.
Uber has confirmed that it’s buying on-demand delivery company Postmates in an all-stock deal valued at $2.65 billion.

Uber confirms $2.7 billion Postmates acquisition

Uber has confirmed that it’s buying on-demand delivery company Postmates in an all-stock deal valued at $2.65 billion. The announcement comes after a week of speculation which culminated in Bloomberg reporting earlier today that the deal was done, though neither company has responded to the claims until now.
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported.

DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied. Some users reported the Indian government appeared to be behind the block, and others said they were getting what appeared to be DNS lookup errors, according to Android Police.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google faces tough rules in India’s e-commerce draft

India’s latest e-commerce policy draft includes steps that could help local startups and impose government oversight on how companies handle data.
Space exploration firm OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GeekWire reports, leaving uncertainty about the 74 satellites it has in orbit and its plans to provide high-speed internet from space.

UK government takes $500 million stake in space exploration firm OneWeb

OneWeb, which has its headquarters in the UK, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US in March, after it was unable to secure financing. Bharti Global also will invest $500 million as part of the deal.
Apple’s unannounced high-end over-ear headphones will reportedly come with interchangeable parts.

Google-backed digital ad groups criticize Apple’s new user-tracking warning

A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple’s plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Google brings its AI-powered SmartReply to YouTube

Google today brought SmartReply, its AI technology that suggests responses to messages, to YouTube. In YouTube Studio, creators can now use SmartReply to respond to users who comment on their videos in English and Spanish. SmartReply will only make suggestions when it’s likely to be useful, Google says.
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Google says it will pay publishers for news content

Google will pay partnered media publishers in three countries and offer some users free access to paywalled news sites, the tech giant said Thursday.

Netflix to promote Nigeria’s creative industry on the global stage

World’s leading streaming entertainment service provider, Netflix, has expressed commitment to partner with talented Nigerian practitioners in the creative industry to showcase their stories on the global stage.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google adds fact-check to images

Google said Monday it was adding fact-check labels to images as part of its efforts to stem visually misleading information.
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NiRA urges SMEs to register with .ng domain

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) on Saturday advised Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to register with the .ng domain name.

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CAN president urges Nigerian government to overhaul security apparatus

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Samson Ayokunle, has urged the Federal Government to immediately overhaul the security apparatus of the country.
The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to his victory at the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ondo guber: APC leaders endorse Governor Akeredolu’s re-eelction

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State Sunday resolved to bury their hatchets and they endorsed the second term ambition of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Godfrey Oboabona put in a good shift in Dinamo Batumi’s 4-0 triumph over FC Chikhura by accounting for an assist.

Godfrey Oboabona bags assist in Dinamo Batumi’s decimation of FC Chikhura

Godfrey Oboabona put in a good shift in Dinamo Batumi’s 4-0 triumph over FC Chikhura by accounting for an assist.
Nigeria's Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and Alternate President of the OPEC

Diezani Alison-Madueke: ‘Yahoo’ boys have become role models

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, says societal values have disintegrated to the extent that online fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo boys’ have become role models in Nigerian society.
Atlético Madrid have confirmed that two member of their group have tested positive for coronavirus.

Atlético Madrid confirm two positive coronavirus tests

Atlético Madrid have confirmed that two member of their group have tested positive for coronavirus.