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Alibaba needed just 12 hours to equal last year’s Single’s Day sales

Well, it’s 11/11 on the other side of the globe which means Alibaba is already raking in loads of cash from Singles Day, otherwise known as the biggest day for global online shopping of the year. The company has a running sales counter on its Alizila news website, which details the “gross merchandise volume” that it has fulfilled orders for so far. It’s currently ...

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YouTube to restrict ‘disturbing’ children’s videos, if flagged

YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children’s characters in violent or sexual scenes if they are reported by viewers. Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children. The site says it already stops such videos earning advertising revenue. YouTube said its ...

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Facebook founding president sounds alarm

A view on social media shared not by some uninformed luddite, but by one of the people responsible for building Facebook into the social media titan it is today. Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, unloaded his worries and criticisms of the network, saying he had no idea what he was doing at the time of its creation. Speaking on stage ...

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Self-driving shuttle bus crashes on first day

A self-driving shuttle bus in Las Vegas was involved in a crash on its first day of service. The vehicle – carrying “several” passengers – was hit by a lorry driving at slow speed. Nobody was injured in the incident which city officials say was the fault of the human driver of the lorry. The man was subsequently given a ...

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Vodafone partners Statistical Service on ‘big data for good’ initiative

Vodafone is partnering the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to launch a not-for-profit initiative aimed at using mobile-derived customer insights to make better predictions for sustainable development. The global concept of using data from mobile networks to make life-saving decisions has become very critical, especially in a world that continues to be transformed by technology every day. In view of this, ...

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Snapchat loses $40m on flop Spectacles

The company behind Snapchat has taken a $40m (£30m) hit to its finances after its video-recording sunglasses failed to sell as well as hoped. Snap launched Spectacles in September 2016, originally selling them only through pop-up vending machines. Pressing a button on the glasses records a short video that can be shared on the Snapchat messaging app. But on Tuesday the ...

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Huawei releases Cloudified Video Solution in Africa

Huawei has released its Envision 4K Video Solution in Africa aimed assisting telecoms carriers in developing and optimising video as a fundamental service with the best user experience. The Envision video solution is designed to enable consumers to enjoy personalised multi-screen hybrid video services anytime anywhere, its key feature is enabling the delivery of 4K and 8K ultra high definition ...

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Liquid Telecom partners Huawei to deliver 100G links across South Africa

Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has partnered with Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to deliver 100G upgrades to its network in South Africa. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths will take advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Huawei, enabling Liquid Telecom to offer additional capacity, faster speeds and ...

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Uber adds Paid Wait Time; additional features for driver-partners

As part of Uber’s commitment to put driver-partners first, it has promised to continuously work on improving the app to ensure drive-partners have only a positive experience with the app, by addressing every concern. Effective Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Uber announced Paid Wait Time, another impactful feature to make the Uber experience more productive (and less stressful!) for driver-partners and ...

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WhatsApp: How the supermarket voucher scam works

Scammers have used WhatsApp to trick people into handing over personal information by tempting them with bogus supermarket vouchers. The messenger app was used to send fake vouchers to people, purporting to be from trusted chains such as Asda, Tesco and Aldi. The messages claimed to offer hundreds of pounds in savings so long as the user followed a link ...

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