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France unveils new tax for Google, Facebook, others

France on Wednesday introduced a bill to tax internet and technology giants such as Google and Facebook on their digital sales, putting it among a vanguard of countries seeking to force the companies to pay more in the markets where they operate.

Umaru Danbatta: 75% of imported electronic devices are irreparable, toxic junk

Prof. Umaru Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that over 75 per cent of electronics devices imported into Nigeria are irreparable and toxic junk.

Facebook rejects move to regulate adverts, news feeds

Facebook Inc has rejected an Australian regulator’s recommendation for greater scrutiny over the social network’s advertising market power and the ranking of news articles in customers’ feeds.
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Hungarian court agrees extradition of football whistleblower

A court in Budapest on Tuesday ruled in favour of extraditing football whistleblower to his home country of Portugal, a spokeswoman confirmed.
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Study: Eating allium vegetables lowers risk of colorectal cancer

A recent Chinese study found that eating more allium vegetables may slash the risk of getting colorectal cancer. Allium is the Latin word for garlic.
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Remission patient shows HIV may be ‘curable’ – AIDS group

A second person is in sustained remission from HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, after ceasing treatment and is likely cured, researchers were set to announce at a medical conference on Tuesday.

Minister stresses need for chartered computer forensic law

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has lent his support to the enactment of the proposed bill on the establishment of Chartered Computer Forensic Institute of Nigeria, saying it will enable Nigerian professionals, rather than foreigners, to handle forensic investigations.

North Korea hackers targeting US critical infrastructure – firm

A group of North Korean hackers is believed to be actively targeting US businesses and “critical infrastructure,” a report released this week by cybersecurity firm McAfee said.

Study: Women who work night shifts more at risk of early menopause

A study has revealed that women who work night shifts are nine per cent more likely to have an early menopause.

London patient cured of HIV-AIDS in medical breakthrough

A second person is in sustained remission from HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, after ceasing treatment and is likely cured, researchers were set to announce at a medical conference Tuesday.
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Study: Panadol Extra contains a lot of salt

A recent study says one can exceed the recommended daily intake of salt by taking few doses of painkillers — thus increasing the chances of cardiovascular diseases.
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Canada launches extradition of top Huawei executive to US

Canada has begun the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to the United States – the latest move in a case that has roiled relations between the North American neighbours and China.
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Countdown as SpaceX, NASA prepare to test new astronaut capsule

NASA and SpaceX counted down Saturday to the launch of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long trip to the International Space Station and back — a key step towards resuming manned space flights from US soil after an eight-year break.

NCC: Internet users hit 113.8 million in January

Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to more than 113.8 million in January 2018, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said.

NiMet advises farmers not to be deceived by early rains

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has advised farmers to ignore the current early rainfall across the country and not start early planting.
A picture taken on February 4, 2019 shows the Huawei logo displayed on a tablet in Paris. – A government amendment to establish a pre-authorization for the operation of telecom networks, with a view to deploy 5G, received on February 4, 2019 an “unfavorable opinion” from the special commission charged with examining the draft law Pact. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Huawei racks up 5G deals at top mobile fair despite US pressure

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei racked up a slew of deals to sell 5G equipment at the world’s top mobile fair in Spain despite Washington’s campaign to convince its allies bar the firm from their next-generation wireless networks.

US Cyber Command attacked Russian troll farm on Election Day 2018

The United States Cyber Command launched an offensive campaign to silence one of Russia’s most notorious troll operations on the day of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new report by The Washington Post. The operation targeted the Internet Research Agency, a private company linked to the Kremlin and often used for disinformation campaigns.
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Huawei: US has ‘no evidence’ of 5G spying allegations

Huawei’s chairman said Tuesday that the United States has “no evidence” that its equipment to build next-generation 5G wireless networks could be used as a vehicle for Chinese spy operations.

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The Nasarawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has filed cases at the election tribunal to seek redress over results of Governorship, National and State House of Assembly poll in the state.
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Iker Casillas extends contract, wants to retire at FC Porto

Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas says his desire to retire at FC Porto led to his extending his contract with the Portuguese club on Wednesday.

NDDC steps up partnership with EU on sustainable water projects

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says it will strengthen its collaboration with the European Union, EU, through the Niger Delta Support Programme, NDSP, to resuscitate abandoned water infrastructure across the nine Niger Delta states.

Brexit delay request sends pound reeling

The pound fell sharply on Wednesday after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced it was seeking a delay to its exit from the European Union until June 30, while investors awaited the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate call.

Lagos government warns school owners on registration

The Lagos State Ministry of Education on Wednesday warned owners of unregistered private schools operating in the state to regularise their documents immediately or face sanction.