Showmax Launches in 36 Sub Saharan Countries

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Just a few months after Netflix launched in African countries, one of its competitors, Showmax has followed in its footsteps and launched in 36 Sub Saharan countries. Showmax, which was launched last year in August and which is backed by Napsers will for $7.99 per month, provide unlimited viewing  Internet TV services with approximately 15,000 TV show episodes. Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer for Showmax said: “The speed and cost of connectivity are significant hurdles for any internet-based service in Africa. Getting it right means you’ve got to do much…

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#ELLE101: #WomenInBusiness Twitter Chat with Sophia Bekele

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On 6th May 2016, Elle Afrique a blogzine for the #PowerfulAfricanGoddess, hosted an incisive Twitter Chat with Sophia Bekele, Business Executive and Philanthropist.  The #WomenInBusiness chat proved to be very enlightening for Women.  As a seasoned entrepreneur  Miss Bekele had a few nuggets of wisdom to share on women in business and what some of her experiences have been thus far. She touched on the importance of networking in business. “Networking is the subtle building of human capital through connections. Traditionally Business has been built and expanded via networks, tech has…

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“Yedaly Declaration” on .Africa dismissed by US Federal Court as Conflict of Interest!

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On April 12th 2016, The court determining the DotConnectAfrica Trust v. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers & ZA Central Registry ruled that it has granted a Preliminary Injunction for DotConnectAfrica, the decision for case no. 16-CV-00862 RGK (JCx) [PDF] on the .Africa new gTLD. The court gave several reasons to explain why the Court GRANTS Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction.   These include the likelihood of Success on the Merits where the court said The Release Does Not Bar DCA’s Claim at This Time as it found “serious questions regarding the…

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Yahoo-backed E-commerce search startup Twiggle gets $12.5M Series A Funding led by Naspers

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E-commerce operator Naspers led a $12.5 million investment that Twiggle will use to expand globally. (Bloomberg)—A Yahoo Japan-backed Israeli startup, Twiggle, has lined up a funding round led by Naspers Ltd., the Cape Town, South Africa-based group known for its early investment in Chinese e-commerce site Tencent Holdings Ltd. Twiggle, a web- and mobile-based service focused on search, aims to license its software to leading online retailing companies around the world and will use the $12.5 million in funding to expand globally. Using machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language…

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WhatsApp launches end-to-end encryption on messages for all its users

WhatsApp launches end-to-end encryption on messages for all its users
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Instant messaging service WhatsApp in seeking to reassure its users about their privacy will be encrypting all messages sent via its app. WhatsApp’s announcement comes in the heels of one of the most high-profile clashes in the debate over encryption and data privacy between the government and a technology company. In February, the FBI asked Apple to unlock one of the San Bernardino shooters’ iPhones so authorities could access his data. Apple refused, stating a breach of privacy; the FBI took Apple to court but was eventually able to unlock…

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eMobilis Wins the 2015 USD 5000 Miss.Africa Seed Fund from DotConnectAfrica

eMobilis Wins the 2015 USD 5000 Miss.Africa Seed Fund from DotConnectAfrica
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Miss.Africa a pan-african trust program of DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Trust has announced the 2015 winner of the 2015 USD 5000 Seed Fund that was launched in July 2015. DCA Trust received an overwhelming number of applications of over 90 from more than 18 Countries in Africa across the African continent to apply for the Miss.Africa Seed Fund. The Mobile training institute eMobilis won the grand price of Five Thousand US Dollars, two other winners for the USD 1000.00 prize are a Madagascar based startup initiative Tech MDG / Pyladies Antananarivo, MDG…

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Miss.Africa Celebrates International Women’s Day equipping girls with Seed Fund for STEM Initiatives

DotConnectAfrica through is CSR initiative Miss.Africa Program today celebrated the International Women's Day and Women's History Month
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We are not only changing that but we are going a mile further by equipping girls with funding through our Miss.Africa Seed Fund so that they can pursue their dreams where they were told they couldn’t. DotConnectAfrica through is CSR initiative Miss.Africa Program today celebrated the International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by paying a tribute to women who have achieved different successes through out their lives. Speaking through a press release on their website, DotConnectAfrica whose CEO and Founder Ms. Sophia Bekele themed this year, 2016 to be…

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Big Tech and Banking Firms Abandon Bitcoin For Their Own Blockchain

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The short history of Bitcoin and the blockchain proves that a second glance can definitely change one’s perception. From being a victim of skepticism and criticism since its debut in 2009, Bitcoin has come a long way. And it hasn’t been alone; it has brought with it the ‘blockchain’ – one of the hot topics of debate among prominent banking institutions. Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells…

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DotConnectAfrica joins the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the CBC TECH 2020 Launch in Washington DC

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DotConnectAfrica Trust joined, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday, May 19 2015,  at the launch of CBC TECH 2020, a new initiative aimed at engaging the tech sector in increasing African-American representation and inclusion in the industry. The event was held at Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue Washington, DC  20540. Photo: Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the Tech 2020 launch  The CBC Diversity Task Force Members include Rep. G. K. Butterfield (NC), CBC Chairman, Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), Co-Chair,…

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Top ICT DIVA Sophia Bekele Trendsets at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, heralding “Mobile technology is the future of the internet”

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Sophia Bekele has given a motivating and catalyzing keynote speech which discussed the effects of embracing the mobile technology in all the platforms, because everything is gravitating towards the mobile devices. “Mobile technology is the future of the internet, all services and solutions gravitate towards the accessible yet disruptive personal touch of the button…” – Sophia Bekele The keynote was presented to the 2015 Africa Business Forum at the Berkeley Haas School of Business, see the press release below Photo Caption: Sophia Bekele speaking on mobile as the NEXT FRONTIER…

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