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Facebook bans Trump for two years

Facebook on Friday set its ban on former US president Donald Trump for two years, saying he deserved the maximum punishment for violating platform rules over a deadly attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. The two-year ban will be effective from January 7, when Trump was booted off …

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FG targets 90% broadband penetration by 2023

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said the Federal Government hopes to achieve 90 per cent broadband penetration in the country by 2023. Pantami said this on Thursday at a briefing organised by the All Progressive Congress Professional Forum in Abuja, according to a statement by …

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FG suspends Twitter ‘operations’ in Nigeria’

The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. This was announced on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi. However, checks by our correspondent showed that Twitter …

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NITDA raises the alarm over IGVM ransomware

The National Information Technology Development Agency has advised Nigerians to be wary of IGVM, a file-encrypting ransomware infection that restricts access to personal data (documents, images, videos) by encrypting these files with the IGVM extension. IGVM ransomware seeks to extort money from victims by requesting for ransom, in the form …

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Nigerians trade N69.29bn bitcoin in five months despite ban

Nigerians traded N69.29bn ($169m) in bitcoin volume in the first five months of 2021, according to data analysed from www.usefultulips.org. The data showed that trading volume was highest in May at $38.5m, compared to $33.1m in April; $33.6m in March; $31.9m in February and $31.9m in January. Last month, bitcoin, …

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Oyo deploys ICT infrastructure for digital economy

The Oyo State Government says it has begun its quest to build a digital economy through massive deployment of ICT infrastructure and digital skills training for civil servants in the state. The Special Assistant to the State Governor on ICT and E-governance, Mr Adebayo Akande, was quoted in a statement …

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African fintech company, Chipper Cash, raises $100m

Chipper Cash, a fintech startup that facilitates cross-border payment across Africa has raised $100 million in a Series C round. This was disclosed by TechCrunch on Monday. SVB Capital, the investment arm of US high-tech commercial bank, Silicon Valley Bank, led this. Other investors in this round include existing investors …

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Whatsapp sues India over privacy rules

WhatsApp has launched legal action to stop India from enforcing new social media rules that would break its privacy guarantees, the messaging platform told AFP on Wednesday. The regulations, which took effect the same day, come at a time of growing tensions between social media giants and the Indian government, …

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Nigerian fintech company, Mono, raises $2m

A Nigerian fintech startup, Mono, has raised $2m in seed investment. This was announced by Techcrunch on Monday. This investment comes nine months after the company raised $500,000 in pre-seed, and two months after receiving $125,000 from YC. Total investments in Mono is now $2.65m, and investors in this new round include …

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Twitter revamps rules for verification ‘badge’

Twitter said Thursday it was revamping its rules for verified accounts, potentially opening up the coveted blue badge to more users, but with clearer guidelines. Updated procedures will make it easier for Twitter users to request certification, but the platform will also remove the badge for those without certain requirements, …

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How to check IMEI number for mobile device

The decision by the Nigerian Communications Commission to automatically capture the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of mobile devices owned by Nigerian citizens has been a major talking point since its announcement. Many, including some public figures, have opposed the policy on the grounds that it is a violation …

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Nigerians To Submit Phones’ Tracking ID Numbers To NCC From July

With this move, the NCC will have the IMEI numbers, NIN, and mobile numbers of every Nigerian. The Nigerian Communications Commission has said Nigerians will have to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to it from July. The regulatory body stated this in the commission’s Revised National …

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