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Can a re-launched MySpace take on Spotify and Pandora?

November 26, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Can a re-launched MySpace take on Spotify and Pandora?

Social network MySpace, once one of the biggest social networks on the Ínternet, is in the process of lobbying for $50-million to re-launch the service and serve as a direct competitor to music streaming services Spotify and Pandora next year. The re-launching plans have been uncovered by Business Insider, who obtained documents detailing their plans...

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Kenya delays Open Data Portal launch

November 23, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Kenya delays Open Data Portal launch

Kenya has announced that it was delaying the launch of the Open Data Portal after initial reports said the portal would go live on Friday. According to the country’s ICT Board, the move has been delayed by the government in order for legislators to...

UN, Tunisia host first digital journalism training

November 15, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on UN, Tunisia host first digital journalism training

Tunisia and Google, in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the World Bank Institute, have hosted a one-day bootcamp in the Tunisian capital this week for 30 journalists from North Africa to develop their online and web skills....

Microsoft launches specialised program for regional small businesses

November 15, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft launches specialised program for regional small businesses

Microsoft has announced the launch of a brand new program focused on providing support, benefits and tools for the small and medium businesses (SMB) segment in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The online program, titled ‘Keep Your Business...

Mobile, M2M and data driving Africa’s connectivity

November 14, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Mobile, M2M and data driving Africa’s connectivity

There are 695 million mobile connections in Africa, representing 65% penetration, with one in four people connected by mobile phones and 22 million mobile broadband subscribers. These were just a few statistics communicated to delegates at AfricaCom 2012,...

Kenya goes Google over app development

November 8, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Kenya goes Google over app development

Google Kenya is looking to push development of the IT sector in the country and will host an event to promote technology development and application, it said in a statement.  The Internet giant has launched a campaign to “promote innovation and...

Re-elected Obama tweets into history

November 7, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Re-elected Obama tweets into history

Re-elected American President Barack Obama has not only secured himself another term as the President of the United States, but also tweeted himself into the record books of hugely-popular microblogging site Twitter. Late on Tuesday night (US time) Obama...

Google, Kenya’s Wananchi partner for public wi-fi

November 5, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google, Kenya’s Wananchi partner for public wi-fi

Kenyan operator Wananchi Group and Google have entered into a partnership to launch public wi-fi hotspots across the country to in order to boost the local Internet and wireless market. According to a statement from the companies, the Wazi Wi-Fi service is...

iROKO partners wins online trademark infringement case

October 29, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on iROKO partners wins online trademark infringement case

iROKO Partners, one of the world’s largest online provider of African movies and music, has announced a win against a domain name infringing on its trademarks. In the case iROKO Partners Ltd v. Iroko TV Movies, a complaint was filed based on a domain name...

Microsoft served notice on browser selection breach

October 25, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft served notice on browser selection breach

The European Commission has issued a notice to technology giant Microsoft of its understanding that the company failed to give users a choice of different browsers if they did not want Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as their default internet browser. The...

Facebook posts $59 million net loss

October 24, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Facebook posts $59 million net loss

Facebook, Inc. has reported financial results for the third quarter, which ended September 30, 2012. “As proud as I am that a billion people use Facebook each month, I’m also really happy that over 600 million people now share and connect on...

X marks the spot for free emaps

October 23, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on X marks the spot for free emaps

mapIT has announced its offer of free maps to businesses and individuals who wish to use maps on their website. This includes blogs or other social network outlets in order to locate company premises, directions to events, clubs or for which ever purpose...

Kenya – ICANN’s new approach to Africa

October 22, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Kenya – ICANN’s new approach to Africa

Kenya’s The Star reports that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has welcomed a plan devised by Africa’s Internet community leaders to facilitate greater participation of the African continent in the organisation’s...

Google calls on East Africa to reduce web costs

October 10, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Google calls on East Africa to reduce web costs

International Internet giant Google is urging East African countries to reduce the costs of Internet services in the region in order to promote more local content. Google’s Field Access Director Kai Wulff said in Uganda that the region “receives...

Tech media closely monitoring Ghana’s e-govt

October 9, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Tech media closely monitoring Ghana’s e-govt

Ghana’s ambitious new reporting initiative, the Network of Communication Reporters (NCR) has thrown its weight and support behind boosting coverage and development of the ICT sector in the West African country. The NCR, made up of journalists specializing...

Facebook officially has 1-billion users

October 4, 2012 • Online & SocialComments (1)

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, celebrated a milestone by crossing over the one billion mark of people using the network to connect and communicate. “This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If...