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federal_commisonNine months. That's how long Google's privacy settlement with federal regulators lasted before the company racked up its first violation.

Google has a preliminary deal in place with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to pay a $22.5 million fine for evading some privacy settings on Apple's Safari Web browser, a source with knowledge of the settlement told CNN.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Camera Culture group is working on ways to make viewing easier and you may be glad to hear that the secret is not in the spectacles.

Learning about MIT’s work on making cool stuff for everyday use is exciting. When  you want the future now, knowing that there’s a bunch of people much smarter than you working on the maths is pretty cool.

Google Walking Directions Come to Africa.

On July 12th, Google announced that this valuable feature is coming to 44 countries in Africa. Here’s what that Maps team had to say about it:

  • In 2010, we announced the availability of driving directions on Google Maps in many African countries. This is a feature that allows users to get driving direction information from one location to another (e.g from Kotoka International Airport to Hotel Novotel in Victoria Borg, Accra in Ghana)

Wikipedia once again is diving into Internet politics.

The free encyclopedia on Tuesday temporarily shut down access to most of its Russian-language site in protest of proposed legal action in Russia that it says would result in Internet censorship.

Visitors to ru.wikipedia.org on Tuesday, 10th July saw a black censorship bar over the Wikipedia logo and a message asking them to imagine a world without free access to knowledge.

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Ugandans will use short text messaging to vote for the top 50 brands. A joint venture between the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Uganda’s government, the SMS polling aims at identifying the best brands to mark 50 years since the country gained independence.
The contest invites local companies from varied sectors that have been in existence for more than 10 years to participate -- including engineering, energy, ICT, agriculture, tourism, transport, haulage, trade and commerce, mining, oil and gas and skills, health, education and professional organizations.
According to PSFU, companies interested in participating should download and complete application forms to be submitted before July 18.
Uganda’s government will use this first edition to recognise excelling companies in the country. PSFU says it will provide a free and fair exercise to demonstrate a favourable working business environment.
PSFU was launched in 1995 to foster economic growth in the business sector as well as to engage with the government in coming up with projects. Business Uganda Development Scheme (BUDS), Energy for Rural Transformation (ERT) are some of its implemented projects.
In May this year, a research by Brand Africa was released and South Africa MTN was voted as the most valuable brand in the continent for the second time. This was the second contest in Africa since the first branding ranking edition last year.
Absa (South Africa)  NNPC (Nigeria)  Eskom (South Africa) Shoprite (South Africa) Dangote  (Nigeria) Woolworths (South Africa) Globacom  (Nigeria) Pick n Pay (South Africa) and Vodacom South clinched the top 10 positions.
In the nation’s category South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia were ranked in that order.

Ugandans will use short text messaging to vote for the top 50 brands. A joint venture between the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Uganda’s government, the SMS polling aims at identifying the best brands to mark 50 years since the country gained independence.

The contest invites local companies from varied sectors that have been in existence for more than 10 years to participate -- including engineering, energy, ICT, agriculture, tourism, transport, haulage, trade and commerce, mining, oil and gas and skills, health, education and professional organizations.
According to PSFU, companies interested in participating should download and complete application forms to be submitted before July 18.

Dropbox-LogoCloud storage and syncing app Dropbox has doubled the storage space for its Dropbox Pro subscribers from 50 and 100GB to 100GB and 200GB at the same cost as before. It has also added a new 500GB tier for those who need a bunch of storage.

The Pro 50 plan runs $9.99 a month or $99.00 a year, and it will get a bump to 100GB at the same cost. The Pro 100 plan runs $19.99 a month and $199.00 a year and it will now get you 200GB of storage.

yuTwo of Kenya’s largest mobile service providers are locked in a heated dispute over a Site Leasing Agreement. Essar Telcom (also known as Yu Mobile) and Airtel signed the agreement in 2009, but both parties accuse the other of non-delivery. In the latest development, Airtel has threatened to cut Essar Telcom’s connectivity and Essar is claiming $22-million (Sh1.9-billion) from Airtel.

The dispute stems from Airtel leasing certain sites to Essar, but the operator is claiming that “Airtel failed to meet the agreement which caused Essar to start experiencing frequent site failures that disrupted its network and hampered

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Kenya’s communications regulator, the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), has released its second quarter report on the country’s mobile and Internet sector.
The CCK has said that the country is inching closer to 30 million mobile subscription. The number currently stands at 29.2 million, an increase witnessed between January and March this year.
In a population of over 40 million citizens, the statistics are welcome news to the telecom operators and the ICT industry.
Of major note is that Safaricom and Airtel saw much less growth during the quarter growing by a mere 2.1 and 4.9 percent respectively. Essar’s Yu Mobile jumped by 16 percent to record 2.5 million subscribers.
The growth by Yu Mobile has been pointed to its strategy of targeting the youth, which according to the company has responded well. Last year, the operator only recorded over 1.5 million subscribers. This marks a 61 percent leap from March last year.
CCK reports that mobile penetration is now at 75 percent. This puts Kenya as one of Africa’s front-runners when it comes to mobile subscription.
“Total local mobile traffic increased by 1.6 percent from the previous quarter to record 6.8 billion minutes during the quarter under review,” CCK said.
Safaricom seems to have enjoyed most of this increase as it projected 77 percent dominance on voice calls. This is because, in spite going flat on its market share growth, it still remains the Kenya’s mobile industry giant.

Kenya’s communications regulator, the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), has released its second quarter report on the country’s mobile and Internet sector. 

The CCK has said that the country is inching closer to 30 million mobile subscription. The number currently stands at 29.2 million, an increase witnessed between January and March this year.
In a population of over 40 million citizens, the statistics are welcome news to the telecom operators and the ICT industry.

The United Nations Political Office for Somalia has revamped its digital presence ahead of the closing of the transitional period in Somalia.

UNPOS Public Information Unit, which had been working on a wide-ranging overhaul of the Mission’s online presence, announced on Monday evening that it had established three new digital platforms.