Microsoft, Facebook fear up for new battle on undocumented immigrants kids


Technology companies’ vociferous support for the children of undocumented immigrants could set the industry up for its biggest showdown yet with President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. Executives from Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. were among the strongest in condemning Trump’s decision on Tuesday to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Known as DACA, it ...

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US judge dismisses email invention claim


A US judge has dismissed a libel case that revolved around one man’s claim to have invented email in 1978. Shiva Ayyadurai sued news website Tech Dirt earlier this year after it published several articles denying his claim. The judge overseeing the case said email was impossible to define precisely, meaning Mr Ayyadurai’s claim could not be proven. Mr Ayyadurai ...

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Local spare parts dealers root for Auto Parts West Africa exhibition


Auto Parts West Africa Show, an international trade show on Automobiles and its vertical industries has partnered with local spare parts dealer associations to organize its maiden exhibition in Ghana to promote and expand the automobile industry. The event slated for September 13 to 16, 2017, at the International Trade Fair Center will witness exhibitors from fifteen countries across the ...

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Google’s Street View cameras get quality boost


Google has redesigned its Street View camera system so that it can take clearer images and capture more data about shops and buildings. The new hardware takes clearer panoramic photos, while two high definition cameras capture detailed images of shops and street signs. Data such as shop opening hours can be spotted by machine-learning algorithms and included in search results. ...

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Facebook uncovers Russia-funded misinformation campaign


Facebook says it has discovered a Russian-funded campaign to promote divisive social and political messages on its network. The company said $100,000 (£77,000) was spent on about 3,000 ads over a two-year period, ending in May 2017. The ads did not back any political figures specifically, but instead posted on topics including immigration, race and equal rights. Facebook said it ...

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EPA’s air monitoring equipment stolen


Monitoring of air quality to protect public health in Tema remains a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because the air monitoring equipment which contains metals has been stolen. The Deputy Director of the EPA, Emmanuel Appoh, told the Ghanaian Times that EPA has installed the equipment to monitor the quantity of harmful particles and chemicals in the air. ...

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Facebook blackmailer jailed for rapes


A paedophile has been jailed for 16 years after admitting rape, despite being thousands of miles away when the offences happened. Paul Leighton, 32, from Seaham, County Durham, created up to 40 fake Facebook profiles to befriend teenagers in the UK, Canada, the US and Australia. He tricked them into sending him naked selfies, then blackmailed them into abusing young ...

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WhatsApp is killing free access to its platform for business users


Facebook is finally looking into cashing in on WhatsApp’s massive $22 billion acquisition deal. The Facebook-owned messaging service is planning to eventually start invoicing companies for recently introduced features that help bridge the gap between businesses and consumers, WhatsApp COO Matt Idema told Fox Business. “We want to put a basic foundation in place to allow people to message businesses ...

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China bans initial coin offerings calling them ‘illegal fundraising’


Chinese regulators have launched a crackdown on individuals and firms raising funds by offering their own digital currencies. The People’s Bank of China has declared initial coin offerings (ICOs) illegal and wants them to “cease immediately”. A growing number of tech companies are opting to sell digital “tokens” because they are quick, easy and unregulated. The ban saw sharp falls ...

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Datatics to lead Africa’s big data drive


The rapidly shifting technology environment offers businesses very little wriggle room for error in the 21st century. The survival of a business anywhere in the world, is often down to minute strategic decisions about which technologies to adopt or neglect. Gaining unique insight into the changing preferences of customers, understanding purchasing decisions of various demographics, matching location data with client ...

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