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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

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Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it had “learned ...

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Facebook’s app for under-21s Lifestage flops

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Facebook has killed off a video-focused app targeted at under-21s less than a year after it was launched. Lifestage was designed to connect students going to the same school or university, making all of their posts available to each other. But it faced criticism for having limited privacy controls and a “confusing” user interface. The firm told Business Insider it ...

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Google fires diversity memo author

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A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the ...

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Airtel engages customers on social media

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Airtel Ghana, the Smartphone Network, continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation in the use of Social Media to engage with customers and relevant stakeholders. At the Ghana ICT and Telecom Awards (GITTA) held recently, the Smartphone Network was presented with the “Most Innovative use of Social Media” Award, for the second consecutive year, in recognition of the company’s dexterity at ...

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Ghana to host international trade show on automobile

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Auto Parts West Africa and Ghana Motor Show, both international trade shows on Automobiles and its vertical industries will take place in Accra on September 13-16, 2017, at the International Trade Fair Center. Auto Parts West Africa Show will feature aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers showcasing innovative products and services, while Ghana Motor Show will provide an exclusive platform for car ...

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Bitcoin soars to record high value

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Bitcoin’s value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached $3,451.86 (£2,651) per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the $3,000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed $56bn (£43bn). The surge followed the creation of a ...

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Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

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A Google employee’s opinion criticising the firm’s diversity initiatives is causing a furore at the firm. In an internal memo, a male software engineer argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women. “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” he wrote in the piece which was widely ...

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YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

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YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help identify worrisome posts ...

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Apple ‘working on non-iPhone Apple Watch’

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Apple is working on an Apple Watch that does not need to be paired to an iPhone, according to a report. Bloomberg reports that the new Watch will connect directly to LTE mobile networks. The company has begun talks with providers in the US and Europe about offering the device later this year, the report says. Apple launched the Watch in ...

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China holds drill to shut down ‘harmful’ websites

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China has carried out an internet drill to practise closing down websites the authorities consider to be harmful. State run media said Thursday’s exercise was also aimed at forcing internet data centres to hand over contact details of website owners. China already operates a strict internet censorship regime. Analysts say it appears to be tightening controls ahead of an important ...

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