African Union launches .africa for the continent

Written on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:33
The African Union has launched .africa for the continent 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered. It started off as '.com' and eventually evolved to .something. Africans can now apply to register an .africa website domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlmamini-Zuma says would allow Africans to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who is handing over power to…
On March 7 2017, WikiLeaks began its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. The first full part of the series, "Year Zero", comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia. The technology industry has been scrambling to understand the implications of the alleged CIA hacking arsenal…
Chinese telecom giants ZTE have received the largest criminal penalty in US history in relation to an export control case - following its admission that it violated the terms and conditions of US export controls in selling goods to both Iran and North Korea. ZTE pleaded guilty to the charges and the organization will immediately pay $892m - while another $300m in penalties will be suspended for a period of seven years. Some of the charges against ZTE included obstructing…
US electrical car maker Tesla has launched its services in the UAE - following an official announcement by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk at the World Government Summit. Tesla has initiated operations in Dubai, and also disclosed plans to open a shop and service station in Abu Dhabi next year. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk revealed that he planned to invest millions in the UAE on infrastructure including recharging stations - predicting that in the next twelve months consumers will be able…
Unused analogue and television spectrum is being auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US government agency which regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable, in an incentive to free up more spectrum for 4G and 5G and also advanced wireless services such as mobile and video. The two-sided auction for the spectrum was intended to pay broadcasters a fair share for their assets before selling them to the highest-bidding mobile carriers. After several…
Russia’s interior ministry recently said nine individuals has been detained who are alleged to be part of a cybercrime organization accused of stealing some $17 million from bank accounts. A nationwide search was implemented to find the 50-strong hacker group in Russia. An operation was launched by the FSB security agency last year, to track down the hackers that pilfered more than one billion rubles ($16.8 million) since 2013, according to a statement. “Nine individuals suspected of participating in hacking…

PayPal under US investigation for money laundering

Written on Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:16
US authorities have demanded that PayPal hand over information as part of an investigation into money laundering, according to a regulatory filing that was available on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Silicon Valley-based PayPal is an American company that operates a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders. In an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, PayPal said, “We have received…

EU citizens can now steam subscription services anywhere in EU

Written on Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:40
The European Union will now allow citizens of the EU to stream online subscription services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer in any country in the EU. Collectively, EU citizens spend about one billion nights in other EU nations every year but are faced with the frustration of not being able to stream their subscription services outside their home country. The European Union’s executive arm, the European Commission, proposed the change and reached a compromise with negotiators from the European…
Facebook is going to the state of New York’s highest court to challenge search warrants seeking information from the social media giant’s user accounts. According to reports, Manhattan prosecutors sought search warrants in 2013 for the accounts of 381 Facebook users in connection with a disability benefits fraud case against New York City police and fire retirees. Facebook challenged the search warrants but the lower courts sided with prosecutors, ABC News reported, ruling it was up to individual users to…
A number of leading US technology companies are to send a letter to US President Donald Trump in which they will urge his administration to follow through on proposed changes to an executive order in relation to a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. The technology companies expected to sign the letter include firms such as Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo. The tech firms are keen to establish clarity on the issue as the travel ban…
The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates released a new regulation on January 1, 2017, which appeared to outlaw virtual currencies, which people assumed would include Bitcoin. However, the organization has since clarified its regulation saying the regulations “do not apply to bitcoin or other crypto – currencies, currency exchanges, or underlying technology such as Blockchain.” The Central Bank issued the regulatory framework for stored values and electronic systems on New Year’s Day – a move that took experts…
US tech leader Travis Kalanick has been forced to quit a business advisory group set-up by US president, Donald Trump, following an angry backlash that sparked a movement against his ride-hailing global company Uber. A number of anti-Trump campaigners have called for those opposed to Trump’s executive order on immigration to boycott all Uber services because of the collaboration between Uber’s CEO and the US president by being members on the same advisory group. In a statement issued to his…
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