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Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised the support of his administration for creative industry with a view to making the sector achieve a sustainable economic status. 4

Lagos okays N250 million for research, innovation council

The Lagos State government on Thursday said it has voted N250million for its agency for speeding up innovation, the Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) for use by innovators in the state.
A green wireframe model covers an actor’s lower face during the creation of a synthetic facial reanimation video, known alternatively as a deepfake, in London, Britain February 12, 2019. Picture taken February 12, 2019. Reuters TV via REUTERS

China bans ‘fake news’ created with AI, bots

China has issued new rules banning online video and audio providers from using artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality technologies to produce “fake news.”
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Ijaw group writes Generla Buratai, seeks withdrawal of soldiers who have served over four...

The Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI), a Niger Delta political pressure group, has called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to urgently withdraw officers and men of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army and reshuffle soldiers who have served over four years in North-East.
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Opera launches News Hub

Opera, Norwegian internet browser developer, has announced the launch of Opera News Hub, a new online media platform for Nigerian authors and bloggers.

NAICOM: Insurance firms’ total assets hit N1.3 trillion

The total asset of 58 insurance companies as at 2018 stands at N1.3 trillion, Acting Commissioner, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr Olorundare Sunday Thomas has said.

NAICOM’s industry portal goes live next year

A portal of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) that will integrate all insurance transactions in the insurance industry into a single hub will go live next year, its Acting Commissioner, Mr Sunday Thomas said on Thursday.

Facebook researchers use maths for better translations

Designers of machine translation tools still mostly rely on dictionaries to make a foreign language understandable. But now there is a new way: numbers.

Digitization: Ghana to host Africa’s public sector officials

Public sector officials from Nigeria and other African countries are set to converge on Ghana for the second edition of Africa Public Sector Conference and Awards (APSCA) scheduled to hold at the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Ghana, October 23-24, 2019.
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PDP: Poverty, insecurity escalated under President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to pick fight with United Nation (UN) Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, but should accept the bitter truth that poverty, internal conflicts, bloodletting, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, abuse of human rights and general national insecurity have escalated under his administration.
OpenAI, the artificial intelligence firm that Elon Musk founded then later departed, just released a stronger version of its “conversational” text-writing AI system, according to Futurism.

US firm releases fake-news writing software, scientists unveil detector

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence firm that Elon Musk founded then later departed, just released a stronger version of its “conversational” text-writing AI system, according to Futurism.

University of Lagos gets N5 billion for research

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was able to attract up to N5 billion in research in the past one year, a lecturer in the university has said.
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Google Assistant now lets you assign reminders to other people

You will soon be able to assign reminders to specific members of your household with Google Assistant on Android phones and Nest Home smart speakers and smart displays, a company spokesperson said in an email.
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Amnesty: We fought, protected President Buhari’s human rights

The embattled human rights organization, Amnesty International, AI, at the weekend, reminded President Muhammadu Buhari, and others of protecting their human rights from being abused when they were victimized and oppressed some years ago under military regime.
KPMG Nigeria launched its novel Insight Centre last week and the Founder-Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia, alongside the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, both chaired the event.

Digital solution is the future of business partnerships – Dangote, Ovia

KPMG Nigeria launched its novel Insight Centre last week and the Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia, alongside the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, both chaired the event.

Facebook, CCHub to mentor 12 startups in Nigeria, Ghana

Facebook says it is collaborating with Co-Creation Hub (CCHub) to mentor and empower 12 startups in the ”Season 2 FbStart Accelerator Programme.”
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Official: Tizeti unveils voice calling service

An Internet Service Provider, Tizeti, on Tuesday unveiled an unlimited voice service app, “WifiCall.ng”, targeted at both individuals and businesses.
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Apple hires Google AI expert to direct machine learning

After last year’s hiring of Google AI and search team leader John Giannandrea, Apple is continuing to bring over key AI talent from its rival, as it has hired respected inventor Ian Goodfellow to become a director of machine learning for its mysterious “special projects” group.
AI researchers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a number of top universities have called on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.

AI researchers tell Amazon to stop selling ‘flawed’ facial recognition to the police

AI researchers from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a number of top universities have called on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.

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FAAN seeks review of service tariffs

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is seeking the review of its service rates and tariff to reflect current economic realities.
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UNICEF to improve literacy level of Nigerian children through advocacy

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Friday said it would help improve literacy level among Nigerian children in rural areas through sensitisation and advocacy.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 178 illicit drugs offenders in Sokoto State, out of which 29 persons were convicted in 2018.

NDLEA restates commitment to rid Kogi of illicit drugs

Mr Alfred Adewumi, the new National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander in Kogi, says the agency will collaborate with sister security agencies and the state government to rid the state of illicit drugs.

NAF offers free medical services to 3, 000 persons in Sokoto

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has began free medical outreach for Mabera Community in Sokoto Metropolis, targeting 3, 000 persons in the two-day exercise.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

Olamide George: Prince Beyioku remains AFN secretary general, backed by constitution

Acting president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Honourable Olamide George has affirmed Prince Adisa Adeniyi Beyioku as the authentic and substantive Secretary General of the federation.