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Veep calls for more efforts in fighting cyber-crime

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Ghana’s Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has urged ISPs to put in place effective measures to combat internet fraud, amid rapidly increasingly cybercrime. Ghana is currently ranked second in Africa behind Nigeria in terms of cybercrime. Most cybercriminals in Ghana  are young (21-35 years of age), highly IT skilled, agile and technologically alert, and thought to be operating inside the country but ...

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New broadband users shun UK porn filters, Ofcom finds

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The vast majority of new broadband customers in the UK are opting out of “child friendly” filters when prompted to install them by service providers. The industry watchdog Ofcom found fewer than one in seven households installed the feature, which is offered by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. The filters block pornographic websites, as well as pages promoting self-harm ...

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GhanaThink and US Embassy organize Regional TechCamp

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Are you between 25 – 35 years? Do you believe that your generation can be the catalyst for job creation?  Have you made positive change in your neighborhood or community?  Are you ready to be part of a greater community?  Do you reside in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, or Togo?  We want to hear from you. ...

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MH17: Twitter and Facebook spammers exploit crash

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Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned. A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim. Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but actually included spam links. One ...

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Yahoo buys app analytics firm Flurry

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Yahoo has acquired an app analytics firm, Flurry, to help boost its advertising revenue from smartphones. Flurry helps app developers analyse data about their users and deliver more personalised ads to them. Some of Yahoo’s rivals have also bought mobile advertising technology firms in an attempt to lure marketers to their apps, as well as generate revenue from ads on ...

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China’s Huawei reports 19% jump in sales

Huawei has diversified into fast-growing sectors like smartphone manufacturing

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has reported a 19% jump in sales to 135.8bn yuan ($21.9bn; £12.8bn) for the first six months of the year. It said it expects to make an operating profit margin of 18.3% for the period. Huawei has traditionally concentrated on making telecoms network equipment, but has benefited by diversifying into fast-growing sectors such as smartphone ...

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Apple criticised over in-app cash

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Apple has been criticised by the European Commission for not offering any “concrete and immediate” plans to stop users being misled by “free” apps. Many popular apps are free to download, but are designed to tempt users to pay for in-game enhancements – often allowing for quicker progression. The Commission is now forcing Apple and Google, the biggest vendors of ...

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Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog

US law forces internet firms to report all instances of child abuse on its services

There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog. They include photos posted to publicly-accessible parts of social networks. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a record number of reports in the first week of July, four times the weekly average. ...

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Google revenue up on strong ad sales

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Internet giant Google has reported a 22% jump in revenue during the second quarter period from March through June compared to a year earlier. Revenue rose to $16bn (£9.4bn) and profits were up 6% to $3.4bn, said the firm in its earnings report. Strong demand for Google’s advertising helped boost revenues above expectations. Google also announced chief business officer Nikesh Arora ...

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Microsoft calls end to Android Nokia X smartphones

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Microsoft is to stop developing Android-powered smartphones beyond those already available, the BBC understands. Nokia X models will now become part of the Lumia range and run the Windows Phone operating system, although existing Android handsets will continue to be supported. The move comes as Microsoft announced 18,000 job cuts across its workforce. The tech firm acquired Nokia’s handset division ...

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