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Google unveils new moves to boost struggling news organisations

Google announced new steps to help struggling news organizations Monday — including an end to a longstanding “first click free” policy to generate fresh revenues for publishers hurt by the shift from print to digital. The moves come amid mounting criticism that online platforms are syphoning off the majority of revenues as more readers turn to digital platforms for news. “I truly believe that Google and news publishers actually share a common cause,” said Google Vice President Philipp Schindler. “Our users truly value high quality journalism.” Google announced a series of measures, the most significant of which would be to replace the decade-old policy...

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Federal Government Inaugurates Council For National Addressing System To Improve Digital Economy

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the National Addressing System, NAS, Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stating that the distinct and easy-to-interpret address will enable government identify every building and every household. He maintained that “government agencies can be as innovative and as responsive in service delivery as the best of the private sector”. The Council, which comprises 18 members, with the Vice President as the Chairman, is mandated to “make guidelines and provide strategic direction for the National Addressing System”. According to a statement issued by the Vice President’s media aide, Laolu Akande, NAS is also to “ensure that...

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Nigeria readies 10 startups for GITEX 2017

The Nigeria government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will be promoting 10 startups at this year’s Gitex technology expo and conference holding in Dubai from October 8-12. The country’s tech-ambassadors were carefully selected after a highly competitive process anchored by the Office for ICT Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIIE) which is an arm of the NITDA. The 10 are: Nicademia, SIX, Tattara, Accounteer, Beat Drone, Cloudoria, Dropque, MyPadi, Ward Monitor and MTK e-Learning will join their peers from over 60 countries at the second edition of the Gitex Startups Global Movement which was launched...

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Telecoms union to complete 5G standardisation by 2019

•ITU may give 2018 conference to Africa With a charge on countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt to champion next generation technologies in terms of use and adoption, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is hoping to complete all standardisation around the Fifth-Generation (5G) networks by 2019. ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, who revealed this on Monday, while declaring open the 2017 edition of the Telecoms World Conference in Busan, South Korea, with the theme: Digital Transformation, Global Opportunity, countries, especially in the African region to brace up for disruptions.He revealed that the world is gradually shifting from 3G; 4G and focus now...

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Innovation Conference: NIMC, NCC others task Ibadan Poly students on Digital Economy

Following the successful hosting of the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Digital Innovation Conference recently, the Nigerian students have been advised to take the advantage of the current digital revolution to move their individual lives and career to the next level. The conference held at the Assembly Hall, The Polytechnic Ibadan recently had in attendance representatives of top government Ministries, Departments and Agencies. This year’s edition with the theme: ‘Building a new Nigeria in a Digital Economy’ was extensively discussed by the representatives of government agencies like: Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Nigeria...

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Collaboration between Government and Real Estate Players is Key

BabsGbollys Properties a boutique real estate agency has announced the launch of its Commercial Advisory Services. The new division, offers comprehensive commercial services, specializing in investment sales, landlord and tenant leasing representation and strategic asset positioning. The Commercial Advisory Services will be handled by BabsGbollys Properties team of realtors known for being skilled negotiator with a reputation for creating successful outcomes for investors and tenants alike with years of commercial investment, development and brokerage experience. Speaking on this new service offering, the MD/CEO of BabsGbollys Properties Ltd., Mr. Babalola Odunuga said “As BabsGbollys Properties continue to experience rapid growth, commercial...

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NITDA’s ICT Sector Reforms gets International Recognition

Following its ICT sector reform initiatives, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FBCS,has gained international recognition. The Agency on Friday 25th August, 2017 bagged the Nigerian News’ ‘Outstanding Public Institution of the Year 2017’ award. The award was given in recognition of the Agency’s impactful ICT reforms on the citizenry, educational development, nation building strategies, innovation in the global ICT market, and maintenance of due process and accountability by management and staff. Similarly, NITDA’s Director General/CEO also bagged the ‘ICT Promoter of the Year 2017’ award, in recognition of his enormous contributions...

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FG adopts Nigerian Mobile Economy Summit and Expo (NIMES)

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The Nigerian Government through the Federal Ministry of Communications has adopted the Nigerian Mobile Economy Summit Expo, NIMES. The Minister of Communication Barrister Adebayo Shittu, who endorsed the event tagged NIMES 2017 gave assurance on the Nigerian government’s support for the programme. According to him, “I am pleased to adopt the Nigerian Mobile Economy Summit and Expo 2017 scheduled for December 7. I can assure you that government would do everything you and other like-minded organizations would need to support your initiatives and consequently advance the growth and development of ICT industry in Nigeria. I will therefore appreciate to be acquainted...

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Google fires author of divisive memo on gender differences

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” A Google representative didn’t immediately return a request for comment. The imbroglio at Google is the latest in a long string of incidents concerning gender bias and diversity in the tech enclave. Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick lost his job in June amid scandals over sexual harassment, discrimination and an...

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FG endorses Nigeria Digital Innovation conference …….adopts Nigerian Mobile Economy Summit

The Nigerian Government through the Federal Ministry of Communications has endorsed the Nigerian Digital Innovation Conference 2017. The event organized by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development, CECAD billed for August 10/11 at the University of Ibadan aimed at optimizing new digital opportunities and making the ICT sector the next focal point for development. The endorsement came officially from the Minister of Communications Barrister Adebayo Shittu through a release recently. According to him, “I am pleased to endorse the Nigerian Digital Innovation Conference 2017 scheduled for August 10-11 at the University of Ibadan as requested. I can assure you that...

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