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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Apple and Google brands worth $100bn each

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PARIS: The US Apple and Google brands which have become household names around the globe are worth more than $100 billion each, and top a ranking of the world’s biggest brands, consultancy Interbrand said. In number one place, computer brand Apple has risen 21 percent in value this year to worth an estimated $118.9 billion (93.0 billion euros). In second place, the brand value of Internet search engine Google has increased by 15 percent to $107.43 billion. “The fact that Apple and Google have exceeded $100 billion is proof of…

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Twitter sues US government over Transparency Report restrictions

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Twitter has been publishing what bits of info it’s allowed to concerning national security requests for some time now, but the social media feed wants the ability to publish the whole thing. Today, the outfit filed a lawsuit aiming to get approval to post its entire transparency report. In a blog post, VP of Legal Ben Lee says that the company is asking a California District Court “to declare these restrictions on our ability to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.” As is stands, Twitter and…

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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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Reddit Is Raising Big Funding of $500 Million

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Reddit, the social news site with a big Web footprint, is raising a big funding round — with help from some of the people who helped launch the site nine years ago, including co-founder Alexis Ohanian and other people associated closely with startup incubator Y Combinator. Sources said the almost-anything-goes site has reached a preliminary agreement to sell less than 10 percent of the company for more than $50 million. That could give the company a valuation of upwards of $500 million. Given investors’ new-found appetite for content companies — see:…

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Most U.S consumers ‘unlikely’ to purchase or use bitcoin

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A study conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Banks on the bitcoin use found that close to two – thirds of those who responded said they were unlikely to buy or use the virtual currency. The article by Andrew Moran also highlights a study from the U.K. where 71 percent of British consumers don’t want to use bitcoin for their shopping needs. Of course we are very early in the game and the age of the respondent’s matters, those in their late teens and twenties may be more willing to…

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European Court of Justice to Rule If Bitcoin is VATable

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The European Court of Justice will rule if bitcoin transactions are subject to its value-added tax rules (VAT). If that top court decides to impose VAT regulations on member nations with bitcoin businesses, they could suffer an economic setback. Others could miss out on the opportunity to establish business initiatives associated with bitcoin. VAT is one way the EU raises tax revenues. It’s essentially a consumption tax, paid by buyers as part of the purchase price. That case before the Court is C-264/14 Skatteverket v David Hedqvist and it raises the issue:…

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Facebook unprecedented reveals search warrant of hundreds of accounts

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Facebook revealed that since last summer it’s been fighting a court order that required it to disclose social-media information involving hundreds of people. “This unprecedented request is by far the largest we’ve ever received — by a magnitude of more than ten — and we have argued that it was unconstitutional from the start,” Chris Sonderby, Facebook’s deputy general counsel, wrote in a statement Thursday. The situation raises concerns over privacy in the digital age, when much of a person’s sensitive information is often available online and on mobile devices.…

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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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Email exchanges between NSA and Google executives reveal far cozier relationship

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Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after last year’s revelations about NSA spying. Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.…

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