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Tech giants issue open letter to Obama to rein in snooping

Eight major U.S. web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call on Monday for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furore over online surveillance. In an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress, the companies said recent revelations showed the balance had tipped too far in… Read More »

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Microsoft dismantles largest network of compromised PCs

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted the largest network of compromised personal computers, involving some 2 million machines around the world, since it stepped up its battle against organized online criminals three years ago. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant filed a lawsuit in Texas and won a judge’s order directing Internet service providers… Read More »

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Twitter to be available on mobile phones without Internet

Twitter Inc is tying up with a Singapore-based startup to make its 140-character messaging service available to users in emerging markets who have entry-level mobile phones which cannot access the Internet. U2opia Mobile, which has a similar tie-up with Facebook Inc, will launch its Twitter service in the first quarter of next year, Chief Executive… Read More »

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Russia’s First Smartphone Goes on Sale

Russia’s first smartphone – a quirky, dual-screen device with a traditional LCD-color display on one side and an electronic-paper display similar to the Amazon Kindle on the other – began selling in Russia and several other European countries on Wednesday. The Yotaphone, developed by a Russian tech start-up, Yota Devices, will be sold for about… Read More »

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Apple buys social media analytics firm Topsy Labs

Apple has bought social media data analytics firm, Topsy Labs for a sum that is rumored to be close to $200m. This marks Apple’s second acquisition in weeks after it announced that it had bought Israeli firm PrimeSense, which specialises in making 3-D motion detection technology. Topsy is one of several firms that have been… Read More »

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Microsoft goes after SMEs in Kenya using pirated software

Technology firm Microsoft will sue local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and individuals who use pirated versions of its software products in Kenya. The firm said it would take to court SMEs and individuals currently using illegally versions of its Microsoft suite of office and other products. Microsoft Kenya country manager Kunle Awosika said the… Read More »

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BlackBerry Rolls Out Its BBM Social Network

As part of BlackBerry’s push to attract more people to BBM, troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. on Tuesday officially began rolling out its own social network, BBM Channels, a Twitter-like service that’ll allow companies and celebrities to directly engage with fans. The service—which will be available first to BlackBerry users—will soon be preinstalled on some… Read More »

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Apple and Samsung back in court over patent damages

Apple and Samsung are returning to court in one of the most high-profile patent battles of recent times. The two archrivals are in a California court today as a new jury is selected in a follow-up to Apple’s major patent-infringement legal victory of August 2012. The case is not so much as to whether Samsung… Read More »

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IBM Launches Research Lab in Kenya

Yesterday, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) launched its first research laboratory in Africa. The laboratory situated at Catholic University just outside the country’s capital, is IBM’s twelfth research lab in the world and its first commercial lab and represents an investment of more than $10 million in the first two years, with the Kenyan Government… Read More »

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Safaricom to support Government’s laptop project after 45 percent rise in profit

Safaricom has announced it will give free Internet to schools in the government’s laptop project after posting a 45 percent rise in profit for the first half of 2013-14 to Sh11.3billion. The growth was driven by a 49 percent growth in Short Message Services (SMS) as well as mobile data that increased by 43 percent… Read More »

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