Former U.S President Donald Trump has sued Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silenced him and has hence violated his First Amendment right to free speech in "illegal, unconstitutional censorship." following the Jan. 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol.
American multinational conglomerate, Facebook has joined the list of companies valued over a trillion dollars as of today’s market close. The company’s market cap is sitting at $1.008 trillion according to Yahoo Finance, putting it over the mark for the first time in its history. The social media company is the fifth U.S. company to hit the milestone, joining Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google-parent company Alphabet. The company’s shares closed up 4.2% at $355.64 after a favourable legal ruling that dismissed an antitrust complaint brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state attorneys general.
Websites and apps around the globe went down on Tuesday morning, including government websites like Gov.UK, e-commerce websites like Target, and media websites like CNN and the New York Times. The outage affected a myriad of websites particularly around Europe, the Americans, Asia, and South Africa. Some of the high profile websites include Amazon, Reddit, and Twitch, PayPal, Shopify, BBC.com, HBO Max, Vimeo. The problem seems to be related to an outage at Fastly, a cloud service provider, which underpins a lot of websites. Fastly provider helps improve load times for websites and provides other services to internet sites, apps, and platforms, including a large global server network. The provider supports news sites and apps like CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and many others. It also provides content delivery for Twitch, Pinterest, HBO Max, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify, and other services.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian communications satellite Limited (NigComSat) in efforts to deploy the Fifth Generation (5G) Network communications technology in the Country. Chairman, Board of Commissioner at NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande said the development will play a critical role in achieving improved broadband and ultra-reliable latency communication, noting that several governments have commenced license spectrum 5G network for commercial use.
Opera on Wednesday announced the launch of Hype, its in-built dedicated chat service, in South Africa. Build right into the Opera Mini mobile web browser, Hype promises to redefine the concept of mobile browsers, providing users with a personalized, engaging browsing experience that enables seamless chatting, surfing, and sharing, without compromising speed or driving increased data consumption. Hype is the first African-inspired chat service built into a mobile browser, allowing users to easily set up an account and start chatting with secure end-to-end encryption right away. This means users can now browse the web, chat with friends, and share self-created memes, stickers, and GIFs with other Hype users, all in one app.
Elon Musk’s US-based Space exploration company, SpaceX said it is working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure the required licenses to launch Starlink, its satellite Internet service, in Nigeria. Starlink’s Market Access Director for Africa, Ryan Goodnight along with SpaceX consultant, Levin paid a visit to the NCC during which they discussed the possibility of obtaining licenses to operate the satellite internet in the country. It appears that SpaceX had been in many virtual discussions with the NCC for several months, and both parties finally agreed on a face-to-face meeting to deliberate the project’s prospects in the country.