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60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

social media, Technology
Social media is undoubtedly a lot of fun and many a brand, including personal brands, have established themselves with social media. From emojis to videos, the visual form of messaging has taken the social media platforms to yet another level. Facebook, a popular social media platform has said that the most-used emoji on Facebook in the U.S. during the past 30 days was rolling on the floor laughing, while face throwing a kiss was tops on its messaging application. Globally, face with tears of joy topped Facebook in the past 30 days, followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and face throwing a kiss. Mexico and Brazil are keen on the heart-eyed emoji. I take it as a comfort, rather than a snub, that the eggplant emoji does not appear even once on this list. Zuckerberg, Facebo...
Global telecommunications company Gains New Ground to Create New Routes for Internet Traffic

Global telecommunications company Gains New Ground to Create New Routes for Internet Traffic

The Angola Cables, has announced the finalization of a marine survey for the South Atlantic Cable System  as one of their mandate in creating new routes for the global telecommunication sector. The company has announced that cable loading is underway. SACS’s internet infrastructure is based on 40 Tbps cable that stretches in the ocean on a total length of 6165 km. The cable has four fibre pairs that connects Africa and America through Angola and Brazil. Each of the four fibres can transmit 100 wavelengths with a maximum bandwidth of 100Gbit/s. WACS, which is responsible for the provision of carrier-level services to operators in Angola and other Sub-Saharan countries is primarily managed by Angola Cables and other 11 members. Its cable system covers a distance of 14,530 km from Yzerfont

The McFadden Files: How Geo Panel contractor bungled .Africa evaluation to favour ICANN’s preferred candidate

ICANN’s new gTLD guidebook clearly specified how its contractors were supposed to act with competence, and also independently to assure best quality performance in the evaluation of the 1930 new gTLD applications that were submitted under the new gTLD program. The outcome of an  Independent Review Panel however indicates otherwise in one of the most controversial applications under the ICANN new gTLD program. The discovery process of the .Africa IRP which pitted DCA Trust against ICANN showed a wide array of underhand dealings between InterConnnect Communications, the independent firm that was contracted to review geographic names and ICANN staff that were guided to ensure that ICANN’s choice, ZACR got the string and not DCA Trust. Here is an excerpt from the new gTLD Applicant Gu

Hacker Claims 7 Million Dropbox Accounts Compromised, Dropbox Denies Hack

Cyber Security, Internet
Dropbox is at the centre of a leak scandal, following the releasing of 400 usernames and passwords by an anonymous user on Pastebin. Reports Mashable The hacker claims the initial dump is just a portion of the 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts he claims to have compromised on Tuesday. He then requested Bitcoins in payment before he would allow access to more accounts. In a statement to The Next Web Dropbox said the service had not been hacked and these passwords were expired. Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now. All other remaining passwords have been exp

Allowing ICANN oversight transfer puts Internet freedom at risk, critics say

Governance, Internet
The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s announcement last month that it will end its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to operate key domain-name functions could embolden other nations to attempt to seize control, some Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said. “All hyperbole aside, this hearing is about nothing less than the future of the Internet and, significantly, who has the right, the ability and the authority to determine it,” said Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican. “Should it be decided by a few