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August, 2014

WhatsApp Hits 600 Million Active Users, Says Koum

When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg held talks with WhatsApp over what would become a mega, $19-billion takeover deal last February, he told the founders he’d love for their popular messaging app to “connect 4 to 5 billion people over the next five years.” It was an extraordinary mandate, yet WhatsApp may be gradually getting there. On Monday founder […]

Safaricom slashes M-PESA charges by up to 67 percent, in a bid to counter Equity Bank entry in the mobile money market

Safaricom has announced a reduction of transaction fees levied by the operator on M-PESA on the low and medium transaction bands, this is in line with its strategic objective of transforming lives through financial inclusion. The new tariffs, which are set to take effect from Thursday August 21, will see transaction fees reduced by up […]

Does Facebook feed show you everything? Washington Post’s Tim Herrera thinks NO!

  On July 17, Tim Herrera spent six hours scrolling through his Facebook News Feed. What may sound like procrastination or killing time was actually Herrera’s own experiment to understand Facebook’s News Feed algorithm. Herrera went through and noted all of the July 17 status updates and posts made by his 403 Facebook friends and the […]

ntldstats: 80% Of All New gTLD’s Are Parked

ntldstats: 80% Of All New gTLD’s Are Parked & Has Stats For Each Extension; .Buzz Has The Least reports.  Michael Berkens of theDomains.com  ntldstats.com, has added parking stats to its system, both overall and by each new gTLD extension. Overall ntldstats says that just over 80% of all new gTLD domain names are parked. Last […]

Tweetstorm: Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Worse Than the NSA

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is not known to be a shrinking violet when it comes to saying what he thinks on Twitter, especially on a Sunday when he seems most fired up and ready to rumble. Reports Recode.net But today was a doozie, in which he claimed Google was — wait for it — worse […]

Funding scheme set to empower women in ICT in Africa

[KIGALI]  A project which was launched last year in Africa is set to empower young women and girls in computer science and help them become global leaders in information and communication technology (ICT), experts say. The project, called ‘Seed Fund for Women + Girls in Computer Science’, is  aimed at extending technological entrepreneurship programmes and competition […]

DEMO Africa 2014 brings together U.S. State Department, leading ICT companies to in Lagos, Nigeria

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed. The organization will host […]

Regulating the web: Will the internet need its own bill of rights?

Summary: Experts in Italy are working on proposals that will set out web users’ rights and obligations – a draft bill that could eventually be adopted across Europe. Report ZDnet Does the internet need its own bill of rights? Italy is already working on a draft document that could end up being discussed and adopted […]

Kenya Airways signs deal with Bharti Airtel to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Telecommunication services provider Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have opened a new innovative chapter in the telecoms industry in Africa with the announcement that Airtel will host Kenya Airways as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, (MVNO) on its Kenyan network. reports CapitalFm  In a move geared at deepening mobile penetration […]

Billionaire Mo Ibrahim tells misinformed American businesses to Google about Africa

WASHINGTON — A leading African billionaire said on Monday that “misinformed” US businesses need to study up on the continent’s opportunities, suggesting they start by googling. “I have always been optimistic about Africa, and Africa is where I make my money, without paying bribes… In 15 countries we have built a mobile communications [company] there […]