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WB_PortalThe World Bank has launched an online open financial data portal in a bid to disseminate information on the projects it has been funding.

The portal provides an online platform through which information regarding loans, credits, grants and financial intermediary funds advanced by the international lender is made available.

MTN_offices_in_JoburgSouth Africa’s MTN a leading telecommunications company has  announced the extension of its managed services agreement with Ericsson for its Ghana operations.  MTN operates in 21 African and Middle Eastern countries. Ghana’s  market is so far one of the fastest growing markets in Africa.

MTN is the premier operator in Ghana With 49% market share.  Last year alone MTN grew by 18% .  MTN boasts of having 49% of the market share. It serves over 10 million subscribers. Other players in the Ghana market include Airtel, Tigo and Vodafone.

Google_RiseSearch giant Google this week announced the winners of the RISE grant in which the Company will give away in excess of $ 340,000 as support to organizations that are rooted in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and CS (computer science). The annual Google Roots in Science and Engineering (RISE) program supports organizations running innovative STEM and CS enrichment programs for students around the world.

Uganda will be among the first African countries to befenefit from the fund that's been extended to Sub Saharan Africa for the first time.

Google's Adsense ToolbarGoogle last week released a new extension for Google Chrome that will help you quickly access your AdSense earning reports without leaving the page you are currently reading.

Wikipedia will available free of data charges to millions of users across the Middle East and Africa. Orange has struck a deal with Wikipedia to make its digital encyclopaedia available free of data charges to millions of mobile phone users across the Middle East and Africa.

The mobile phone operator, which claims that the partnership is the first of its kind in world, has 70 million customers across Africa and the Middle East.

However, the ability to access the internet, and websites such as Wikipedia, is currently limited to about 10 million Orange customers who have mobile devices with 2G or 3G capability.

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Less than 24 hours after the World's largest online protest, the war against online piracy has taken yet a new twist as one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.

An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.

iPhone_4sAnnounced by Apple in October last year, the latest model of Apple's iPhone started selling in Uganda last Friday, thanks to Orange Uganda. The iPhone 4S will be available starting at Shs. 2,399,000/- ($992)  for the 16GB model, 2,699,000/- ($1,117) for the 32GB model and 3,099,000/- ($1,283) for the 64GB model in all Orange Uganda retail stores and online at www.orange.ug.

Yesterday Apps for Africa announced the East African winners of the 2011 edition of the apps development competition, under the Climate Change theme. The announcement was made at the Villages in Action conference in Masindi, Uganda.

The Apps4Africa Challenge began in late 2009 when several individuals, organizations, and private companies joined together to propose a competition that would reward local innovators for their ideas and projects.

Below are the winners:

As reported by The New Vision today, ICT minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda this week asked the new board of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) to expedite the implementation of e-government policy aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of government services.

New Board Chairman, Dr. Francis Fredrick Tusubira's appointment has raised excitment among key stakeholders in the private and public sector in Uganda.

Speaking to PC Tech Magazine on phone, the Director of ICT Centre at Makerere University Business School, Charles Olupot expressed confidence in the new head of the authority.