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Epic CEO Says Apple, Google Must Be Stopped From Monopoly Abuse

Epic CEO Says Apple, Google Must Be Stopped From Monopoly Abuse

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Gaming giant Epic’s CEO on Tuesday launched another broadside at Apple and Google, saying the tech giants must be stopped from abusing their control over the marketplaces for apps. Epic Games, creator of the hugely popular Fortnite, is locked in bitter legal battles with Apple and Google, whose operating systems run nearly all the smartphones in the world. Both tech giants charge fees on transactions made on Apple’s App Store and Google Play, and contend these are appropriate. But app makers have become increasingly furious in recent years over that cut. “Apple and Google… are using their new monopoly power to tax and prevent competition,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said at the Global Conference for Mobile Application Ecosystem Fairness in Seoul. “We must not allow these two ...
Why Facebook Changed To Meta And Why It Matters?

Why Facebook Changed To Meta And Why It Matters?

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Facebook’s name change offers a convenient diversion as scandal plagues the platform, but the new handle is also key to the firm’s costly effort to save itself from very real threats, experts said. Jokes and vitriol poured in after CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new corporate handle “Meta,” with critics blasting it as a transparent effort to distract from its whistleblower crisis. But Zuckerberg argued the name demonstrates the company’s commitment to building its “metaverse,” a virtual reality version of the internet that would make online experiences — like chatting with a friend or attending a concert — feel face-to-face. Making a success of the aspirational ambition though would help address real, long-term threats like an eroding youth user base, regulatory scrutiny an...
Scientists Discover Cause Of Alzheimer’s Progression In Brain

Scientists Discover Cause Of Alzheimer’s Progression In Brain

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Toxic protein clusters thought responsible for the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease reach different regions of the brain early and then accumulate over the course of decades, according to a new study Friday. The research, published in Science Advances, is the first to use human data to quantify the speed of the molecular processes leading to the neurodegenerative condition, and could eventually have important implications for how scientists design treatments. It also upends a long-held theory that said Alzheimer’s progression was mainly caused by clusters spreading between different brain regions in a “chain reaction,” as has been found in mice and was thought true of people too. “Two things came together that really made this work possible,” Georg Meisl,...
Deployment Of 5G Nationwide Is 97% Ready – NCC

Deployment Of 5G Nationwide Is 97% Ready – NCC

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By Tunde BakareThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed it is 97% ready for the implementation of 5G deployment in the country. In a statement issued on Thursday, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta, confirmed the readiness at the annual African Tech Alliance Forum (AFRITECH) 2021, held in Lagos with the theme: “Embracing Changes and Digital Transformation in the New Normal.” Danbatta stated that this paradigm shift in communication has led to a significant increase in network connectivity requirements as a result of an unprecedented upsurge in internet traffic, occasioned by the use of a plethora of web applications. He explained that the NCC is working with operators to implement a number of initiatives to ensure network expansion. Thes...
Why Did Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp Shut Down?

Why Did Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp Shut Down?

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Hundreds of millions of people were unable to access Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for more than six hours on Monday, underscoring the world’s reliance on platforms owned by the Silicon Valley giant. But what actually caused the outage? What does Facebook say happened?In an apologetic blog post, Santosh Janardhan, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure, said that “configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication”. Facebook explained Tuesday the outage was “caused not by malicious activity, but an error of our own making.” Can you explain that in plain English? –Cyber experts think the problem boils down to something called BGP, or Border Gateway Protocol — the sy...
Google Announces Plan To Invest $1bn To Support Digital Transformation In Africa

Google Announces Plan To Invest $1bn To Support Digital Transformation In Africa

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Google has announced its plan to invest $1billion over five years to support digital transformation in Africa. CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, announced this on Wednesday at the Google for Africa event. According to him, the investment will include the landing of the subsea cable Equiano which will enable faster internet speeds and lower connectivity costs. It will also include low-interest loans to help small businesses and equity investments in African startups. Since 2017, Google has trained 6 million young Africans and business owners in digital skills. Google has also supported more than 50 non-profits across Africa with over $16 million of grants and enabled 100 million more Africans to access internet services for the first time through Android.
Facebook Whistleblower To Push For Regulation

Facebook Whistleblower To Push For Regulation

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A Facebook whistleblower goes before US lawmakers Tuesday to urge regulation of the social media giant after an outage impacted potentially billions of users and highlighted global dependence on its services. Ex-employee Frances Haugen is set to testify on Capitol Hill after she leaked reams of internal research to authorities and the Wall Street Journal, which detailed how Facebook knew its sites were potentially harmful to young people’s mental health. She will speak before senators less than a day after Facebook, its photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp went offline for roughly seven hours, with “billions of users” impacted, according to tracker Downdetector. In excerpts of Haugen’s testimony leaked to US media, she argues for regulatio...
Google Pulls Plug On Plan For Mobile Banking In Pay App

Google Pulls Plug On Plan For Mobile Banking In Pay App

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Google has hit the brakes on a project to add mobile banking to its Pay app, even as the online financial services market for everyday investors heats up. The company has ended work on its Plex project but continues to eye ways to integrate financial services, a spokesperson said Friday confirming a Wall Street Journal report. Plex would have allowed the Pay app to act as an interface for banks or credit unions, allowing users to access their savings and checking accounts. Google’s development of the project came as a number of internet firms, from Amazon and PayPal to Square and Robinhood, have been riding a trend of providing financial tools for shopping, borrowing or investing online. “We’re updating our approach to focus primarily on delivering digital enablement for b...
Facebook Seeks To Defend Itself After Scathing Reports

Facebook Seeks To Defend Itself After Scathing Reports

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Facebook on Tuesday fired back after a series of withering Wall Street Journal reports that the company failed to keep users safe, with the social media giant noting an increase in staff and spending on battling abuses. The company has been under relentless pressure to guard against being a platform where misinformation and hate can spread, while at the same time remain a forum for people to speak freely. It has struggled to respond. A series of recent Wall Street Journal reports said the company knew its Instagram photo-sharing tool was hurting teenage girls’ mental health, and that its moderation system had a double standard allowing VIPs to skirt rules. One of the articles, citing Facebook’s own research, said a 2018 change to its software ended up promoting political ...
Google To Spend $2bn On New York City Office

Google To Spend $2bn On New York City Office

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Google announced on Tuesday plans to buy a New York City office building for $2.1 billion, confirming its push into America’s largest city despite the pandemic teleworking trend. According to Real Capital Analytics, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, this is the largest real estate purchase in the United States for an office building since the beginning of the global spread of Covid-19. Google already rents the premises in Manhattan, which are located on the site of a former railroad terminal in the Hudson Square neighborhood. The Silicon Valley giant envisions a campus with a total surface area of 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square meters) by mid-2023 that will serve as its New York headquarters for sales and partnerships. The final site is to be spread over thre...