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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smile Nigeria, an internet service provider, has asked anyone who visited its Abuja regional office in the last five days to self-isolate themselves.

Internet provider reschedules debt repayment; injects $51 million

Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd., a Pan-African telecommunications group with operations in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, announced Wednesday, that its debt restructuring plan has been approved and agreed with the lenders.
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel for seven days, saying content had violated its policies on inciting violence. Lucy Nicholson-Reuters

YouTube relaxes some rules about ads on drug-related videos

From this month, Google is updating some of its YouTube ad guidelines about drug-related videos. In a support document spotted by Gizmodo, Google says it’s “expanding monetization on educational, documentary or news content that may include violent interactions with law enforcement, recreational drugs and drug-related content, or sensitive events.” The update means more drug-related videos should be eligible to have ads placed next to them.
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel for seven days, saying content had violated its policies on inciting violence. Lucy Nicholson-Reuters

YouTube experiments with hiding dislikes to protect creators’ well-being

YouTube has announced it’s experimenting with hiding dislikes to discourage “dislike mobs” from deliberately downvoting videos from creators and channels.
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GitHub launches secret scanning for private repositories into general availability

GitHub has announced that its enterprise-focused secret scanning tool for private repositories is now generally available.

Spotify to launch own Clubhouse competitor

Spotify has invested heavily in prerecorded podcast content, and now, the company is looking to host live audio conversations. The platform announced today that it’s acquiring Betty Labs, the company behind the live sports audio app Locker Room. Spotify didn’t disclose how much it spent on the purchase.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS-Pascal Rossignol-File Photo

Amazon faces lawsuit over missed lunch breaks

A lawsuit that claims one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers in California failed to provide required meal breaks for employees has moved to federal court, as attorneys seek class-action status.
Netflix announced at Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo Saturday that it will launch 40 new anime titles in 2021, Bloomberg reported, following the success of its Blood of Zeusseries last year.

Netflix to launch 40 anime shows in 2021

Netflix announced at Tokyo’s AnimeJapan 2021 Expo Saturday that it will launch 40 new anime titles in 2021, Bloomberg reported, following the success of its Blood of Zeusseries last year.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google signs deal to pay Italian publishers

The agreement was signed by a number of Italian publishers including RCS Mediagroup; publishers of daily Corriere della Sera , popular sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, the publisher of financial daily Il Sole 24 ore, Caltagirone editore, which owns Rome-based paper Il Messaggero, and Monrif, which publishes local papers such as Il Giorno and La Nazione.
FILE PHOTO - A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California April 15, 2014. REUTERS-Robert Galbraith

Mozilla, Reddit, and Vimeo urge FCC to bring back net neutrality

Tech companies like Mozilla, Reddit, and Vimeo called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to reinstate the net neutrality rules repealed by the Trump administration.
Dropbox is adding a new feature on top of its usual offerings of storage and file sharing for free Basic accounts.

Dropbox to introduce free password manager in April

Dropbox is adding a new feature on top of its usual offerings of storage and file sharing for free Basic accounts. Dropbox Passwords, the password management feature the company introduced for paying customers in 2020, will be free for Dropbox Basic accounts in April — with a new, arbitrary limit of 50 passwords that makes it seem suspiciously like a way to upsell you on a paid Dropbox account.
View of a Microsoft logo on March 10, 2021, in New York. John Smith-VIEWpress via Getty

Microsoft could reap more than $150 million in U.S. cyber funding despite security shortcomings

Microsoft stands to receive nearly a quarter of Covid relief funds destined for U.S. cybersecurity defenders, sources told Reuters, angering some lawmakers who don’t want to increase funding for a company whose software was recently at the heart of two big hacks.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

How UK, Nigeria collaborate on affordable digital access

The United Kingdom (UK) Government has again demonstrated its support to Nigeria by collaborating with the federal government to achieve inclusive digital economic agenda to promote the growth of the Nigeria Tech ecosystem and close the digital divide in the country.
A judge in California ruled Friday that Google has to face a class action lawsuit that claims the search giant secretly collects data from users even when they’re using its private “Incognito” mode, Bloomberg reported.

Judge rules Google must face lawsuit over claims it tracks users even in Incognito...

A judge in California ruled Friday that Google has to face a class action lawsuit that claims the search giant secretly collects data from users even when they’re using its private “Incognito” mode, Bloomberg reported.

China denies mulling near-$1 billion fine for Alibaba in monopoly case

China denied on Friday it was planning to hit e-commerce giant Alibaba with a fine of almost $1 billion for allegedly flouting monopoly rules, as authorities put the screws on the firm as part of a crackdown on the technology sector.
Rwanda on Friday marked the World children’s Day with a call to strengthen the protection of children from dangers posed by online abuse and cyber bullying.

Nigerian activists seek laws and education to end online violence

Speaking at a webinar organised by Plan International Nigeria to mark the International Women’s Day, the activists urged the government and other civil society organisations to raise the bar in law enforcement and mass education of the public on ways to end online violence against children and girls.

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The Senator representing Cross River North, Stephen Odey, has said the recent judgement by the Supreme Court on the Cross River North senatorial seat did not sack him as a senator.

Cross River North: Senator Odey floors Joe Agi at election tribunal

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Calabar Friday, upheld the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Stephen Odey, in the Cross River North Senatorial District by-election.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs arrests six for smuggling adulterated diesel in polythene bags

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday paraded six suspects who smuggled 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel contained in 750 giant polythene bags, which were carefully concealed among sacks of sawdust to deceive security operatives. The seized product has an estimated value of N21,920 million.
Staff of department of fish studies at the National Museum of Kenya on Nov. 19, 2001, display a coelacanth fish weighing 77 kilograms and measuring 1.7 metres caught by Kenyan fishermen at the coastal town of Malindi in April 2001. REUTERS/George Mulala/File Photo

Fish once labeled a ‘living fossil’ surprises scientists again

The coelacanth - a wondrous fish that was thought to have gone extinct along with the dinosaurs 66 million years ago before unexpectedly being found alive and well in 1938 off South Africa's east coast - is offering up even more surprises.
Athletics - IAAF Diamond League - Golden Gala - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 31, 2018 Luvo Manyonga of South Africa celebrates winning the Men's long jump REUTERS/Tony Gentile

South African long jumper gets four-year ban for anti-doping violation

Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga is set to miss the Tokyo Games after being banned for four years for a second anti-doping rule violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.

Blasts kill two near office of party backed by Myanmar army

A Myanmar military truck exploded in one of two blasts near an office of an army-backed political party in the country’s biggest city on Friday, local media reported, and a senior rescue official said two people were killed and six wounded.

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John Odigie-Oyegun: Buhari, APC must address separatist agitations, not use of military

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has warned that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party must address the spate of separatist agitations in the country through democratic means instead of deployment of military as solutions.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to meet soon with representatives of state governors, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in an attempt to resolve the disagreement over the repayment of the budget support facility obtained by the states.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria needs leaders to unite the people

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for leaders who will be ready to unite all Nigerians irrespective of tribes and religions.
The Police on Wednesday paraded suspects involved in the murder of one Josephine Oche, a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

Police parade ‘killer-lover’ of NSCDC woman in Abuja

The Police on Wednesday paraded suspects involved in the murder of one Josephine Oche, a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Top public relations official for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stepped down, the government says on Monday.

Japanese premier survives no confidence vote

Japan’s hard-pressed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has survived a no-confidence vote by the opposition.

Expert advises couples to try mediation before divorce

A mediation advocate, Valentino Buoro, says mediation has helped to resolve many broken marriages that were on the verge of divorce.