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The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is set to expand its digital skills training by involving 500,000 youths nationwide as part of the COVID-19 stimulus budget. The digital skill training titled: ‘A New DEEL for the Nigerian Youth’ is aimed at empowering Nigerian youth towards the digitization agenda of the country and further economic growth. This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday made by The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare. The statement read in part, ”Through the stimulus plan budget under President Muhammadu Buhari, we can now implement 65 and 75 percent of DEEL concentrating on digital skills acquisition to bridge the existing gap we have in the area of technology.

MTN Nigeria Appoints New CEO

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Telecommunication giant MTN has appointed Mr. Karl Toriola, the current Vice President of MTN Group's West and Central Africa (WECA) region as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Nigeria, taking over from Ferdi Moolman.

Facebook has on Wednesday launched its dating service, Facebook Dating in 32 European countries, the social media company said after it postponed the release of the services following regulatory concerns. According to Reuters, Facebook had in February announced the postponement of the dating services after complaints were raised by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator in the European Union (EU) for several tech companies including Facebook. However, the services were launched in September last year in the United States and 20 other countries.

A Nigerian Technology development company, E.F. Network Ltd announced that it has developed a mobile application that will make a stolen mobile device unusable by thieves, which will help to deter theft or resale of mobile phones in the country. The announcement was disclosed by the company’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ameh Ochojila on Tuesday in Abuja. He disclosed that the application “ephonetaxi” will lock out anyone without proper authorization, thus making the mobile phone unusable and unsellable. Ochojila said,” Ephonetaxi helps to retrieve and send the user’s stored contents to his email.

Android Users Advised To Delete 16 Apps To Protect User’s Data

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Android phone and tablet users are being advised to delete 16 dangerous apps capable of stealing SMS messages, contact lists, device information, and other identifying data stores on the device.

Bing Mobile App Database Left Exposed, Over 100 Million Records Possibly Stolen

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Security experts say Microsoft's Bing mobile app users on all iOS and iPadOS maybe at risk after terabytes of user information may have been stolen from an open server. The experts with Wizcase, an online security research group, explained that it was a "meow" attack, where hackers scrapped the database with location coordinates and search queries that can be used in blackmail attacks and phishing scams. They said 'it is safe to speculate that anyone who has made a Bing search with the mobile app while the server has been exposed is at risk.' 'We saw records of people searching from more than 70 countries.'

Samsung Chairman Lee Dies Aged 78, Family Faces Battle Over Control

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The controversial yet legendary business titan who marshaled Samsung's rise from a modest South korean company to a multinational conglomerate died on Sunday at the age of 78. Following the death of Lee Kun-hee, Samsung's group chairman, speculation continue to mount that tech giant could be shaken up. Samsung in a statement confirming his death called him a "true visionary who transformed Samsung into the world-leading innovator and industrial powerhouse". "All of us at Samsung will cherish his memory and are grateful for the Journey we shared with him." the company said. Lee had been comatose since suffering a heart attack in 2014 but remained titular chairman of the company. Late Mr. Lee took over Samsung in 1987, and introduced radical measures which helped propel the company from a second-tier electronics manufacturer to an international tech giant and South Korea's biggest conglomerate.

PayPal To Offer Bitcoin Payments to Users

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PayPal Holdings, Inc. announced that it would offer its users the opportunity to buy, sell and store cryptocurrencies from their PayPal accounts by early 2021.

Finnish multinational telecommunications, and consumer electronics company, Nokia has been awarded a $14.1 million contract by America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build a 4G/LTE network on the moon, bringing the first cellular network on the moon and upgrading the communication system in outer space. The Nokia contract is one out of the $370 million awarded to companies like SpaceX by the United States' space program.

Facebook To Launch Lagos Office In 2021

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Social Media giant, Facebook has announced that it would be opening its second office in Africa and first on the continent to house software engineers via an office in Lagos by 2021. According to Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms. The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”

China Celebrates Safe Landing of 'Cheap' Re-usable Spacecraft

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A convenient, reusable and inexpensive spacecraft which was launched on 4th of September in China has safely landed after spending two days in orbit. According to Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency, the spaceplane is similar to the Air Force’s X-37B and can provide a “convenient and inexpensive” method of getting to and from space.

Jeff Bezos Now Worth More Than $200 Billion - Forbes

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American internet entrepreneur, industrialist, media proprietor, and investor, Jeff Bezos has now become the world's first-ever person to amass a $200 billion fortune. The 56-year-old who became the world's richest person in 2017  is now $90 billion richer than the world's second-richest person, Bill Gates, who's currently worth $116.1 billion.

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