Facebook introduces video monetization tools to lure creators away from YouTube

Facebook launched a matchmaking system Tuesday to cultivate partnerships between advertisers and video creators as the world’s largest social media company tries to quickly parallel the variety of commercial opportunities offered by its video rival YouTube. Some advertisers have tested the Brand Collabs Manager, which identifies video makers that may be good fits for product placement or endorsement deals. Facebook also said it was allowing more content creators to run ad breaks in longer videos, and offer subscriptions for $4.99 a month to fans. Subscribers receive perks, such as exclusive…

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Australia fines Apple $6.6m over ‘Error 53’ iPhone and iPad bricking

Australian regulators have succeeded in a federal lawsuit against Apple for anti-consumer practices, as the Australian Federal Court slapped the company with a $6.6 million fine. The suit alleged that Apple used a software update to disable hundreds of iPhones and iPads, flashing an “Error 53” message on devices that had been serviced by unauthorized repair shops, then refused to unlock devices displaying that message. At the core of the Australian suit is an issue that has attracted international regulatory attention: Apple’s stated unwillingness to fix devices that have been…

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YouTube extends music streaming service to Europe

YouTube extended its music streaming service to Europe Monday a month after it launched in North America and parts of Asia. YouTube Music will offer Europeans millions of songs and videos advertising-free for a subscription of 9.99 euros a month — 11 percent more expensive than its US version. An existing free version of the standalone service with ads will continue with “a reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player”, it said. The Google-owned giant said it would have “thousands of playlists… millions of songs, albums and artist radio”…

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Nigeria ranks fourth among countries with highest net mobile subscriptions

A multinational networking and Telecommunications company, Ericsson, on Friday said that Nigeria ranked fourth among the top five countries with the highest net addition of mobile subscriptions in the first quarter of 2018. Ericsson made this known in its global mobility report for June 2018 posted on its website. The report says that Nigeria had 3million in the first quarter compared to China which came first with 53million, followed by India with 16million, Indonesia 6million and Bangladesh 2 million. The first quarter of 2018 saw the addition of 98 million…

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Report: Religious, gambling, lottery sites top Nigerian kids’ search online

A detailed report from Kaspersky Lab’s flagship consumer solutions for Windows PCs and Macs have revealed what Nigerian children search for when they are using the internet. This was contained in a press release distributed by APO Group on behalf of Kaspersky. The report reveals that apart from communications sites such as the social media, messengers and email, the four sites usually visited by Nigerian children are religious, gambling, lottery and recruitment sites. The report also reveals what kids in other parts of the world search online, based on the…

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Apple steps up encrytion to thwart police cracking of iPhones

Apple said Wednesday it was strengthening encryption on its iPhones to thwart police efforts to unlock handsets without legitimate authorization. The move by Apple, the latest in an ongoing clash with law enforcement, comes amid reports of growing use of a tool known as GrayKey which can enable police to bypass iPhone security features. Apple said the new features are not designed to frustrate law enforcement but prevent any bypassing of encryption by good or bad actors. “At Apple, we put the customer at the center of everything we design,”…

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Apple bans developers from selling, sharing users’ contacts

Apple has quietly tightened its App Store rules to better protect users from developers who want to harvest their data or sell it to third parties. Previously, developers would ask for users’ phone contacts and sometimes then sold that data without the explicit consent of the users or their contacts, according to Bloomberg, which spotted the change. The changes to the rules, which were made last week, explicitly state that developers are banned from turning address books into a database of contacts and from selling that database. They also can’t…

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Expert advocates block chain technology to curb tax fraud

The Chief Executive of Kurecion Foundation, Mr Abikure Tega, has called for the use of block chain technology to address fraud in the country´s taxation system. He made the call on Sunday in Abuja at a training session organised by the foundation for some members of the public on the technology and how they could tap into its facilities. Tega explained that block chain has the capacity to handle trust which makes it a top choice and the easiest and most efficient infrastructure among users of currencies across the world….

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Reports: Chinese hackers steal US navy data from contractor

Chinese government hackers breached a US naval contractor and made off with more than 600 gigabytes of data, American officials speaking to two US media outlets said. The breaches occured in January and February and affected a contractor working on submarines and underwater weapons, the Washington Post first reported on Friday. The Post said that those behind the breach are alleged to have obtained secret plans for a supersonic anti-ship missile. The newspaper reported that while the data was housed on the contrator’s unclassified network, when aggregated, officials said the…

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UN opens Technology Bank in Turkey

The United Nations (UN) has opened Technology Bank in Turkey, thereby welcoming a new member into the fold, which will help poor nations leapfrog development challenges. The Bank aims to address the development challenges of the world’s poorest countries through science, technology and innovation (STI), which also represents a significant milestone for the whole 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said at the inaugural event in Gebze town near Istanbul: “Technology has to diffuse to all communities to enable them to leapfrog traditional development challenges”. The idea of establishing…

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