Disney ‘not in the business of scaring kids’


Ever since Steamboat Willie, the iconic animated clip from 1928 featuring a mouse that would later become Mickey, Disney has had a proud record of innovating with new technology. It’s rare that the company delves too far into how the “magic” – as they call it – works. Their logic is a magic trick doesn’t get better if you know ...

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World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news


The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news. In an open letter to mark the web’s 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used. Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the ...

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Google develops invisible web security Captcha form


Website security checks that challenge people to prove they are human are likely to “disappear” in favour of a new system developed by Google. Captcha checks typically ask people to complete a puzzle that a computer would struggle to complete correctly. They are designed to stop automated bots accessing and using websites. Google’s new system tracks how a person interacts ...

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Facebook scores deal to live stream Major League Soccer matches


As competition in the live streaming space heats up, Facebook has scored a significant deal that will allow it to stream at least 22 live Major League Soccer matches on its social network. Through collaborations with both MLS and Univision Deportes, Facebook gained the rights to stream the 2017 MLS regular season matches in English, as well as enhance the video content ...

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Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London August 18, 2014.

Technology firms will get “exclusive access” to details of the CIA’s cyber-warfare programme, Wikileaks has said. The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency’s secret documents, including what it says are the CIA’s hacking tools. Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first. “Once the material ...

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Samsung chief Lee Jae-Yong on trial for bribery


Samsung’s de facto head Lee Jae-Yong has gone on trial in South Korea on charges of bribery. The case is linked to a massive scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms Park, in exchange for government favours. Mr Lee, the ...

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Uber stops using Greyball ‘secret program’ to dodge regulators


Uber says it will ban a secret software tool from being used to evade undercover regulators. The software, called Greyball, seeks to identify officials around the world trying to catch Uber drivers operating illegally. It then denies them service. The ride-hailing firm has been using the tool to secure early access to cities where its operations had not yet been ...

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Celebrating women in the Ghanaian telecom and ICT space [Article]


This International Women’s Day I want to celebrate the New faces of telecommunications’ players in Ghana – they are SMART, they are experiencing, and they are fierce. Above all, they are women making waves in this traditionally male-dominated sector. A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a historic event organised by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications to ...

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WorldRemit brings new trend in money transfers to Ghana


Internationally renowned money transfer service, WorldRemit, is preparing to take the Ghanaian money market by a storm. The company will launch its mobile app in Ghana in May. In an intimate meeting with some journalists in Accra, Vice President of Product at WorldRemit, Alice Newton-Rex, said that to make sure that the company gave its customers the best with the ...

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Facebook failed to remove sexualised images of children


Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform. The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had “grave doubts” about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems. Mr Collins’ comments come after the BBC reported dozens of photos to Facebook, but more than 80% were not removed. They ...

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