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Nokia warns mobile phone users of SMS or email lottery scam

One of the text messages sent to members of the publicKampala, Uganda, 7th February 2011 - World’s leading handsets maker, Nokia, has warned mobile phone users over the re-emergence of a scam suggesting that people have won money or mobile phones, which in reality, is an attempt to get private information from people who reply to the messages.

The hoaxers previously used to send to the dubious information to email addresses telling people they had won a Nokia device. This scam has now moved on and is being sent out to mobiles phones via SMS, with the message suggesting people have won a free Nokia, and just need to provide their bank details to claim the free phone.

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer News Corporation

Rupert Murdoch launches iPad newspaper

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer News CorporationAs print publishers continue to search for new ways to attract readers at a time when many are turning away from newspapers and magazines- industry players watch with keen self interest to see if Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad only daily news publication The Daily, will open the doors to new opportunities.

The Daily represents a chance to “make the business of news gathering viable again”, according to Mr Murdoch.

Google takes Ladies’ Mapping Party to Nairobi

Google Africa yesterday announced their first ever Ladies’ Mapping party, due this month on 12th in Nairobi! This development is part of Google's efforts to engage users in mapping Africa. Google has already organized university competitions, train-the-trainer events, and a Mappers Conference.

Do you want to change the world? Are you a woman working in tech, or working for a cause in which Google Maps could help tell your story? Or perhaps you’re just interested in Google Map Maker and mapping your world, as well as interacting with other like minded women?


Makerere University announces vacancies for Website Administrators

Makerere_UniversityWith the transformation of Makerere University into a Collegiate University, the institution wishes to strengthen her communication function and online presence at the respective semi-autonomous units. This will help to further tap into information and research generated at these levels.

The eight (8) Colleges include: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Business and Management Sciences; Computing and Information Sciences; Education and External Studies; Engineering, Design, Art and Technology; Health Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences. The two (2) Schools include; The School of Law and The School of Veterinary Medicine.

Weibo - The Chinese equivalent of Twitter

Wary of Egypt Unrest, China Censors Web

Weibo - The Chinese equivalent of TwitterBEIJING — In another era, China’s leaders might have been content to let discussion of the protests in Egypt float around among private citizens, then fizzle out.

But challenges in recent years to authoritarian governments around the globe and violent uprisings in parts of China itself have made Chinese officials increasingly wary of leaving such talk unchecked, especially on the Internet, the medium some officials see as central to fanning the flames of unrest.

Mwai and Anil at the launch of the partnership at the Kabira Country Club in Kampala

ComputerPoint, IBM partner to improve ICT

Mwai and Anil at the launch of the partnership at the Kabira Country Club in KampalaTECHNOLOGY firms, Computer Point and IBM, have signed an agreement aimed at improving Uganda’s information and communication technology (ICT) to transform the country’s business operations. 

“This partnership is a positive step in closing the ICT gap, especially among businesses operating in the East African Community. The move will speed up economic development across the region through our enhanced services,” said Anil Kuruvilla, the Computer Point managing director. 

Egypt Protests

Internet Access & SMS Blocked in Egypt as Protests Escalate

Egypt ProtestsReports are coming in that Egypt is now completely under an Internet and SMS blackout, just hours before a new series of major protests are planned against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Sebone, a major Egyptian service provider based in Italy, is reporting that no Internet traffic is entering or exiting the country as of 12:30 AM Egyptian time. Reporters and citizens on-the-ground are also reporting that they are experiencing Internet and SMS outages.


Facebook to let advertisers republish user posts

facebookads-pctechFacebook users who check in to a store or click the "like" button for a brand may soon find those actions retransmitted on their friends' pages as a "Sponsored Story" paid for by advertisers.

Currently there is no way for users to decline this feature.

Facebook says this lets advertisers promote word-of-mouth recommendations that people already made on the site. They play up things people do on the site that might get lost in the mass of links, photos, status updates and other content users share on the world's largest social network.

AFRIEC 2011 Registration now open!

Registration for the Africa Internet (and Mobile) Entrepreneurs' Conference, scheduled to take place on March 4, 2011 in Kampala is now open online. 

Prospective participants, both National and International can now complete registration and make payments for the conference through the registration portal,

The Conference seeks to showcase the innovative use of new media – internet and mobiles – by entrepreneurs to address the socio-economic and development challenges in Africa.

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