Google to launch self-destructing emails in new Gmail

Google to launch self-destructing emails in new Gmail

Gmail.com is doing a major first redesign in seven years, the new look will introduce a raft of features.  With the new side panels for Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Tasks, inplace, the latest new feature is the long over due self-destructing emails. “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase),” a Google representative said in an email. “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t…

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TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is Coming Back to Africa

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is Coming Back to Africa

TechCrunch is headed back to Africa to find the next wave of early stage startups tackling big ideas! Last October, TechCrunch held Startup Battlefield in Nairobi, Kenya and featured 15 early stage startups from across the continent. We’re impressed by the Sub-Saharan Africa startup scene and can’t wait to meet the next crop of innovators in the coming weeks. You can meet Startup Battlefield Director, Samantha Stein, and learn more about TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield program…

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Facebook is about to warn you if personal data got to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is about to warn you if personal data got to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has been embroiled in a bug scandal with irresponsible data  sharing with Cambridge Analytica. This has resulted is suspensions of companies such as  AggregateIQ and Cubeyou. Facebook began on Monday alerting the 87 million users whose data may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica. The company will to post a link at the top of users’ news feeds that will let them to see which apps are connected to their Facebook accounts and what…

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Airtel and Telkom Kenya Merger could form the second largest Telco after Safaricom

Airtel and Telkom Kenya Merger could form the second largest Telco after Safaricom

Telkom Kenya and Airtel are reported to have began started talks that could result into a major merger or a business  joint venture in Kenya in a bid to form a telco giant to bite into the market share of leading Safaricom. First reported by Sunday Standard the two companies could want to combine their operations and function as one entity instead of waiting to be wiped out by the mountains of losses they have…

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Data analytics firm, AggregateIQ suspended from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica expose

Data analytics firm, AggregateIQ suspended from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica expose

The Canadian analytics firm AggregateIQ, linked to the Vote Leave campaign in the Brexit vote, has been yanked from Facebook, the company said Friday. AggregateIQ has been linked to the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that has been accused of improperly accessing data from 87 million Facebook users.  Facebook said in a statement to CBS News that in light of reports that AggregateIQ may have received improperly received data, the firm has…

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Safaricom new deal that enables PayPal withdrawals via M-Pesa will eat into Equity banks profits

Safaricom new deal that enables PayPal withdrawals via M-Pesa will eat into Equity banks profits

A new deal that will allow M-Pesa users to receive money from any PayPal account across the world directly into their M-PESA accounts in real time has been inked by Safaricom and the international remittance firm Paypal. This comes a few hours before mobile money interoperability goes live in Kenya. The new deal will also make it be possible for PayPal users in Kenya to load their PayPal wallets via M-Pesa PayBill number 800088. Through…

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Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Jamii Telecom becomes 5th Telco to launch 4G mobile network in Kenya

Kenyan Internet service provider Jamii Telecom has launched its mobile service named Faiba 4G Mobile, becoming the 5th telecom operator to be licensed in the country. Jamii Telecom has reportedly invested US$25m into its infrastructure and its service includes mobile internet bundles that compete directly with current market heavyweights Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya. The telecom company’s bundles are priced at Kshs 50 for 1GB, Kshs 300 for 8GB up to 210 GB for…

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Mozilla Yanks its adverts from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mozilla Yanks its adverts from Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scandal

The nonprofit developer behind the popular Firefox browser, Mozilla is pausing and will no longer advertise on Facebook. The company said in a a blog post on Wednesday that “Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising,” Chief Operating Officer Denelle Dixon wrote. She further explained that in examining the social network’s policies following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, “we found that its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data — particularly with…

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African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

African governments have increased user data requests from Facebook, Google, and Twitter

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has conducted a research that has revealed increased requests of user data from global tech companies by African Governments. CIPESA analyzed request information from transparency reports published by some of the world’s largest tech companies. The resulting report found out that social media user information requests from African governments have accelerated between 2013 and 2016. There’s a “growing trend” in Africa for such…

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GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

GSMA says shared infrastructure inhibits effective competition

The GSMA has released the findings of a new report, “Wholesale Open Access Networks”, which examines the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also known as single wholesale network or SWN) in five markets around the world: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa. The report follows up on a 2014 study that assessed the potential economic case for implementing the wholesale network model, found that, in the countries examined, there was…

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