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Nokia Sales Manager Mark Mitsumi hands over the phone to Joshua TwinamsikoPublishing to Ovi store just got more interesting! The Nokia Uganda Sales Manager Mr. Mark Misumi yesterday handed over a brand new Nokia N8 to Joshua Twinamasiko which he won when he submitted an application to Ovi Store. The application, PC Tech Magazine, which displays news feeds from the PC Tech website was the first one to be submitted from Uganda.

Facebook posted this message via TwitterIf you had read our earlier post, we're delighted to inform you that Facebook is now back up. The company tweeted an apology, explaining that “some internal prototypes were exposed to people and resulted in us disabling the site briefly. It’s now back to normal.” Facebook Pages have also returned to their earlier (old) formats.

Facebook just began rolling out several new features, including newly redesigned brand Pages (first revealed about a week and a half ago), a new Photos section dubbed “Memories” that allows users to view photos by year, and the ability to switch accounts for managing different Facebook Pages without having to log out.

"The webpage at http://www.facebook.com/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address." This is a breaking news update. So it'll be really brief. But PC Tech understands that Facebook is currently down. Unconfirmed reports indicate that they are rolling out new profile settings...

101214-time-vmed-420p.grid-5x2Meet the second-youngest individual ever to be named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of the omnipresent social-networking site Facebook.

You may feel as though you already know the 26-year-old. If you regularly use a computer, you probably interact with Zuckerberg’s Facebook empire on at least some level.

Wikileaks PetitionAlmost 600,000 people had signed an online petition in support of WikiLeaks Monday, ahead of a second appearance in court in London by the whistle-blowing website's founder, Julian Assange.

The petition on campaigning website Avaaz calls on the US and other nations to "stop the crackdown on WikiLeaks and its partners immediately" and to respect "the laws of freedom of expression and freedom of the press".

WikiLeaks has been releasing thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables, causing huge embarrassment in Washington.

Facebook and Bukedde search queries top 2010 lists in Uganda

Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010.Facebook, one of Uganda’s most popular online social networks, has emerged as the leading search entry of the year 2010, with Ugandans continuing to seek the most convenient means to keep in touch with friends and family.  Facebook also tops the list of fastest rising web searches for 2010, according to Google Zeitgeist, a tool that provides insight into Internet trends.YouTube comes in at a close second - an unsurprising entry, considering how many Ugandan videos are online these days.

Homepage of WikileaksArguing that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has "weakened the organization," a newly organized rival to the website known for leaking official secrets says it will launch Monday.

The founders of Openleaks.org say they are former WikiLeaks members unhappy with the way WikiLeaks is being run under Assange.

FacebookIn response to user complaints about its privacy settings, Facebook in October debuted its privacy dashboard. But you could only use it from a computer.

This week, Facebook has made it easier for users to check and change their privacy settings from mobile devices, too.

In a December 8 blog post, Facebook product manager Rose Yao explained: "Now you can see a detailed view of the information you've shared with various applications and websites and adjust your settings on the go...

Giants like PayPal, Amazon.com, Visa and MasterCard almost instantly crumbled under government (and p.r.) pressure to drop WikiLeaks, depriving the site of vital funding sources and online platforms. 

But other companies, some of them small, independent start-ups, have decided to risk the wrath of Joe Lieberman, the State Department, and their European counterparts and help keep WikiLeaks afloat by providing funding sources (yeah, you can now donate to WikiLeaks even if you only have Visa or MasterCard.) and hosting the site. Here's a list of companies that have stood by WikiLeaks:

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.