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Visitors ‘help’ Pirate Bay mine virtual cash

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The Pirate Bay briefly put code on some of its web pages that used visitors’ machines to mine a virtual currency. The hidden code helped the file-sharing site generate coins for the Monero digital currency. The Pirate Bay’s administrators said using the code had been an experiment to see whether it could provide a way to end its reliance on ad ...

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Use Internet to enhance productivity – MTN to businesses

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Officials at MTN-Ghana are challenging Medium and Small Scale Enterprises (SMEs), corporate organizations and Businesses in Ghana to take advantage of the internet to improve productivity. According to them, businesses must adapt to global technological development to improve service growth and customer satisfaction. These remarks were made at the 7th edition of the MTN Internet Festival (IFEST) at the Kumasi ...

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Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster’s Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws. Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, ...

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Nana Addo lauds Vodafone, Echo House over Social Media week

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His Excellency, President Nana Akuffo Addo has commended the organizers of Social Media Week Accra (SMWiAccra), Echo house and Vodafone Ghana on the ongoing event aimed at igniting the digital agenda in Ghana. Using his twitter handle @NakufoAddo, the President on Thursday tweeted ‘’I commend the organisers of #SMWiAccra for hosting such a successful international event in Accra and boosting ...

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Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on

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Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation. Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off. This weekend TechCrunch spotted that some Instagram videos in the feed were autoplaying with audio. Now Instagram has confirmed to us “this new update rolled out recently” and here’s how it works for all ...

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UN warning on growing digital ‘chasm’

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The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report. The divide has grown thanks to accelerating net connection speeds in developed nations and static ones elsewhere, it said. And 52% of the world’s population still has no access to the internet, said the organisation’s Global Broadband Progress report. Improved net access ...

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Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

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US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach. Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July. The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down. Equifax faces ...

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Samsung enters autonomous driving race with new business, funding

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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) plans to become a major player in autonomous driving, building on its recent $8 billion acquisition of audio and auto parts supplier Harman and its pole position in mobile communications markets. Samsung announced on Thursday at the Frankfurt Motor Show that it has set up a strategic business unit for autonomous and advanced ...

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Google sued over sex discrimination

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Three women who used to work at Google have filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging it pays women less than men for comparable work. The suit says Google is aware of the situation, but has not moved to fix it. It comes as companies in Silicon Valley face growing scrutiny over gender relations. Google is also under investigation ...

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US government removes Russian security software, Kaspersky

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The US Department of Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems. It said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the ...

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