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Breaking: Elon Musk Become World’s Richest Person

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Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Electric and self-driving car, Tesla and Aerospace manufacturing company, SpaceX, Elon Musk has become the richest person in the world with a net worth of $185 billion, passing Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos who held the position since 2017. Musk’s Tesla recorded a surge in its value, reaching a market value of $700billion, making the company worth more than Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen, and General Motors combined. The Entrepreneur’s wealth increased over the past year, seeing his wealth increase from $27 billion in early 2020 and making a dramatic turnaround from Tesla’s rapid cash burn.

January 1st: WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Millions of Phones

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WhatsApp has announced that from January 1st, 2021, millions of smartphones worldwide would no longer be able to support the latest version of the messaging app. The company has scheduled an update of the app which would require users to either update their mobile devices’ Operating System (OS) or purchase a new smartphone. According to the company, any phone not running at least Android OS 4.0.3, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, or any iPhone not using iOS9 or the latest would no longer be able to access or operate WhatsApp. iPhone 4S to iPhone 6S were released before iOS9, but owners have the option of updating their operating system but all iPhone models between iPhone 1 to iPhone 4 would be unable to update to iOS9.

Apple Targets Car Production By 2024

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Apple Inc. is taking the next step with, joining the self-driving car technology, targeting 2024 for productions including its own next level battery technology. According to Reuters, the automotive move called “Project Titan” began in 2014 when the company started designing its own vehicle from scratch but reassessed its goals and turned its focus on software. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who worked at Tesla Inc began overseeing Project Titan in 2018, laying off 190 people working on the project in 2019. “If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone,” a person who worked on Project Titan said.

COVID-19: Google Launches $3M Fund To Fight Vaccine Misinformation

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The Google News Initiative has launched a $3 million global open fund “COVID-19 Vaccine Counter Misinformation Open Fund” to curb misinformation of the COVID-19 vaccine.

WhatsApp: Privacy of Users’ Reassured As Millions Moves To Telegram, Signal

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Millions of users of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp have started migrating to other messaging apps such as Telegram and Signal following the new privacy policy of WhatsApp.

Court Strike Out Apple’s Case On Copyright Cybersecurity Startup

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A federal Judge had yesterday struck out the electronic giant, Apple’s case against cybersecurity startup Corellium in a suit which has implication for researchers who find software bugs and vulnerability.

TikTok Developer ByteDance Launches e-payment Service

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TikTok owner, ByteDance has announced the launch of an electronic payment service connected to Douyin, the popular short video app. The e-payment called ‘Douyin Pay’ is aimed to “supplement existing major payment options, and to ultimately enhance user experience”, functioning similarly to the Chinese e-wallet, WeChat Pay and Alipay.

Donald Trump Banned From Major SMs Space

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Outgoing president of the United Staes of America (USA) Donald Trump has been banned from using the services of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter days after a pro-Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol while trying to disrupt Congress’ certification of Joe Biden as the President-Elect.

UK Broadcaster talkRADIO Removed From YouTube

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British National radio station, talkRADIO has on Tuesday been removed from popular Google-owned video-sharing services, YouTube, kicking the radio station’s channel off its platform. In a statement on twitter, talkRADIO said, “We urgently await a detailed response from  Google/YouTube about the nature of the breach that has led to our channel being removed from its platform.” "TalkRadio is an Ofcom-licenced and regulated broadcaster, and has robust editorial controls in place, taking care to balance debate.  "We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to careful selection of voices and opinions."

Samsung Vice Chairman Bags Two And Half Years Jail Term For Corruption

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Lee Jae-Yong, the Executive Vice Chairman of the South Korean tech giant, Samsung, has bagged a two and half years jail term today over corruption charges, the ruling that would deprive him of his decision making power.

Reddit To Buy TikTok Rival Dubsmash

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American Social network firm, Reddit has on Sunday disclosed that it would buy a short-video platform, Dubsmash, expanding to compete with Chinese-owned TikTok. According to Reuters, Reddit said the terms of the acquisition were based on a combination of cash and stock.

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.”

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