Coca-Cola applies to trademark its hashtag slogans

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Drinks maker Coca-Cola has filed two trademark applications covering Twitter hashtags. Documents filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office in December show that the multinational company has applied to trademark ‘#cokecanpics’ and ‘#smilewithacoke’. It is not clear how the hashtags will be used across Coca-Cola’s various Twitter accounts, but the drinks brand has been known to encourage interaction with its more than two million followers. The company uses the #cokejourney slogan on Twitter to promote personal development among Coca-Cola fans. For William Hansen, partner at law firm Lathrop &…

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China gets its first online private bank, courtesy of Tencent

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Chinese internet and social giant Tencent has launched the country’s first private online bank. The bank, which is called WeBank in a clear allusion to its massively popular instant messaging service WeChat, is also China’s first internet-based financial institution. The launch of WeBank sees Tencent steal a march on Alibaba and eight other private investors who were last year given permission to launch five private online banks. As Technode pointed out at the time, the pilot programme is designed to help make funding more accessible to startups and small businesses.…

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Facebook, Apple, And Microsoft Are Ganging Up On Google — And It Couldn’t Happen At A Worse Time

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Back in the old days, the big bad company in tech that all the other companies teamed-up against was Microsoft. Microsoft was the evil empire. So, Apple and Google worked together to squash Microsoft. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs used to mentor Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google CEO Eric Schmidt used to sit on the Apple board. This is no longer the case. These days, the common enemy is Google. In recent years, there have been a number of explicit and implicit partnerships between the three biggest…

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Top Google searches of 2014: Robin Williams, World Cup, Ebola

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Google has released its annual round-up of the year’s top global searches. Apple, Facebook and other companies also do these recaps, but those only show what we bought or posted publicly on social media. Our search history is a more honest, sometimes embarrassing, peek into what we really care about. In 2014, the entire world was sad about the passing of Robin Williams, excited to watch the World Cup and worried about Ebola. Those three topics top the list of global trending searches, which also includes missing Malaysian Airlines Flight…

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European Regulators Publish Right To Be Forgotten Guidelines

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Europe’s Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from individual Member States of the European Union, has now published guidelines on the implementation of the so-called right to be forgotten ruling, which was handed down by Europe’s top court back in May. The European Court of Justice Right To Be Forgotten ruling gives private individuals in Europe the right to request that search engines de-index specific URLs attached to search results for their name — if the information being associated with their name is inaccurate, outdated or irrelevant. The ruling…

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Whitehouse pushes FCC for strong net neutrality laws, Senator Ted Cruz calls it ‘Obamacare’ for the Internet!

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(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers, touching off intense protests from cable and telecoms companies and Republican lawmakers. Obama’s detailed statement on the issue of “net neutrality,” a platform in his 2008 presidential campaign, was a rare intervention by the White House into the policy setting of an independent agency. Shares of major Internet service providers Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) fell…

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Sophia Bekele’s “P.U.S.H to Change Africa” KeyNote Won the YALS in New York

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“Standing on the “Shoulders of Giants: Our History, Our Legacy, Our Destiny.”, Persist Until Something Happens – to change Africa. Oct. 14, 2014 – Founder of DotConnectAfrica Trust and Yes2DotAfrica Campaign was invited to present a Key Note speech at th 2014 CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS), Themed “Standing on the “Shoulders of Giants: Our History, Our Legacy, Our Destiny.” The YALS aims to remind the African youth of the rich history that has become their legacy; the people who defined their present; and to rethink the meaning of…

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Forbes lists 10 Emerging Women Entrepreneurs To Watch In Africa

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In June this year, She Leads Africa, a Nigerian-based social enterprise that aims to foster business growth in Africa by providing female startup entrepreneurs with the knowledge, networks, and financing to build and scale strong businesses, launched a business pitch competition. The purpose of the competition was to select ten exceptional young female entrepreneurs doing business in Africa to participate in an  Entrepreneur showcase, whereby the entrepreneurs would pitch their businesses to a panel of esteemed business leaders and investors, including Nigerian multi-millionaire telecoms tycoon Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Standard Chartered Nigeria…

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CentralNic contracts to acquire Internet.BS

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CentralNic has contracted to acquire the business and certain of the assets of Internet.BS Corp, a leading retailer of domain names registered in The Bahamas, for a maximum consideration of $7.5m. CentralNic says Internet.BS is one of the world’s top 30 domain name retailers, and it serves a global customer base from 199 countries. It has been trading for eleven years and it is accredited by the global regulator ICANN as well as the numerous operators of country codes including .eu for Europe and .in for India. Internet.BS is a…

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GCIG: No Single Overarching Cyberspace Regime will emerge in near future

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“There are many potential paths along which cyber norms may evolve” Like-minded states cooperating together, not an overarching global agreement, is likely to emerge as the primary way to avoid destabilisation in cyberspace, according to the first working paper of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. In The Regime Complex for Managing Global Cyber Activities, Professor Joseph S. Nye, Jr. said “it is unlikely that there will be a single overarching regime for cyberspace any time soon.” In his assessment of…

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