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Larry PageGoogle co-founder Larry Page will take over as Google CEO in April from Eric Schmidt, who will remain with the company as executive chairman.

The change is an attempt to streamline the company's top level decision-making process, the company said on Thursday, when it reported its 2010 fourth quarter earnings. On a conference call, Schmidt said in his new job he will focus more on external issues, working with customers, partners and government.

Java logoNokia is offering a unique opportunity  to software developers in Kenya and Uganda.

We are offering a 14 week course on Java ME development for mobile handsets to the top developers in both countries.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are passionate about leveraging mobilephone technology to develop applications that will bring useful service to local communities and create prosperous businesses.

The training will be fully sponsored by Nokia, and we are therefore looking forapplicants who have a strong academic track record, and demonstrated interest in mobile technology.

New Vision Website logoTHE Vision Group will tomorrow, Friday January 21, 2011, launch a new website which will act as a one stop centre for election news ahead of the 2011 presidential and parliamentary polls.

The website will carry the latest updates from the campaign trails, profiles of candidates, tit-bits from manifestos, Electoral Commission bulletins, graphics and pictorial coverage of the candidates.

Twitter LogoA fast-moving Twitter worm is in circulation, using Google’s goo.gl redirection service to push unsuspecting users to a notorious scareware (fake anti-virus) malware campaign.

At 8:45 a.m EST today, this Twitter search shows thousands of Twitter messages continuing to spread the worm.

According to malware hunters tracking the threat, the worm’s redirection chain pushes users to a Web page serving up the “Security Shield” Rogue AV.   The page is using obfuscation techniques that include an implementation of RSA cryptography in JavaScript to obfuscate the page code.

Acer_Aspire_oneAdd Acer to the growing list of companies with new tablets in the pipeline. The Taiwanese computer manufacturer has announced plans to release both a 7-inch and a 10-inch tablet in 2011.

The new tablets are intended to gradually replace the company’s line of netbook computers, said Acer’s Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-Hsian. “That’s the direction of the market,” Lu told Computerworld. The company will still continue to produce netbooks, but will begin to phase out its range of netbook models while producing the new line of tablets.

IPv6Yahoo is forging ahead with a move to IPv6 on its main Web site by year-end despite worries that up to 1 million Internet users may be unable to access it initially.

Yahoo's massive engineering effort to support IPv6 -- the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol -- could at first shut out potential www.yahoo.com users due to what the company and others call "IPv6 brokenness.''

The Wikimedia Foundation recently completed a massive fundraising drive and managed to raise some $16 million in donations from over 500,000 users of Wikipedia worldwide.

Wikipedia has a long-standing no-ad policy and the money raised through these donations would help the Wikimedia Foundation pay for all their staff and expenses and still remain ad-free for all of 2011.

Like most other non-profits, Wikipedia banks on donations to stay afloat but what happens if people don’t donate in such large numbers. Will they then accept advertising or shut down Wikipedia?

Steve Jobs with the iPad Steve Jobs, the CEO who transformed Apple Inc. from niche computer maker into the most-envied consumer-electronics brand today, is taking a medical leave of absence for the second time in two years.

In the last decade, Jobs, 55, has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant. The news that he will again step back from his day-to-day role raises serious questions about the CEO's health.

Warid LogoWarid Telecom, awarded by Uganda Communications Commission last year as the most innovative company in the industry finds its marketing team’s gender sensitivity in question following a radio commercial that apparently portrays women as “property that can easily be given away
as a reward for buying airtime”.

In the radio advert, the bridegroom getting an extra bride for purchasing airtime is Warid’s way of telling customers about the 100 percent bonus given to those who buy their airtime, and has been judged not to depict women not as human beings but mere objects that can be given out as prizes or presents...

IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano (right) and Bharti Airtel Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Bharti MittalUganda will be part of the 16 African countries to benefit from the IBM and Bharti Airtel partnership aimed at making mobile communications more affordable as the two firms announce the completion of the IT infrastructure agreement.

The negotiations, completed last week, are part of a 10-year agreement, mandating IBM to deploy and manage Airtel’s IT infrastructure, which will provide a platform for the firm’s objective of providing affordable and innovative mobile services throughout Africa.