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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in line with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has commenced a four-day awareness campaign to inform and ensure citizens are safe and secured online. The four-day awareness campaign summit which began on Monday is themed "Cyber-Aware Citizenry: A Foundation of the Digital Economy" and will share simple tips and easy resources to help people ensure safety and security online throughout the campaign. The Director-General, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa explained that the cybersecurity awareness summit was aimed at empowering Nigerians in efforts to enable them to protect their cyberspace, especially as the level of cyberattacks is on the increase.

Stripe, an online payments platform company has recently announced its acquisition of Nigeria-based online and offline payment service, Paystack for a whopping $200Mn (N9.2Bn), making it one of the largest technology Nigeria-based startup acquisitions in the history of our nation. Paystack is a payment platform that has a customer base of about 60,000, the company currently processes over half of all online transactions in Nigeria. Paystack is expected to still continue its operations independently despite its acquisition by Stripe.

Transparent Wood May Serve As Viable Alternative To Glass - Research

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Research by scientists suggests that designed ‘transparent wood’ could replace conventional glass in the future, and might trickle down to windows and mobile phones. The innovation developed using wood from the balsa tree, which is native to South and Central America, and created by the University of Maryland and University of Colorado claims to be five times more thermally efficient than glass. The team from the two universities, which set out to find a greener alternative to conventional glass treated balsa wood in an oxidizing bath that bleaches it of nearly all visibility and then penetrated it with a synthetic polymer called polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), creating a product that is virtually transparent.

Android Users Advised To Delete 16 Apps To Protect User’s Data

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Android phone and tablet users are being advised to delete 16 dangerous apps capable of stealing SMS messages, contact lists, device information, and other identifying data stores on the device.

Bing Mobile App Database Left Exposed, Over 100 Million Records Possibly Stolen

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Security experts say Microsoft's Bing mobile app users on all iOS and iPadOS maybe at risk after terabytes of user information may have been stolen from an open server. The experts with Wizcase, an online security research group, explained that it was a "meow" attack, where hackers scrapped the database with location coordinates and search queries that can be used in blackmail attacks and phishing scams. They said 'it is safe to speculate that anyone who has made a Bing search with the mobile app while the server has been exposed is at risk.' 'We saw records of people searching from more than 70 countries.'

Following tensions between the US and China over a video-sharing social networking service, TikTok, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Mayer has on Wednesday resigned less than four months after joining the company. Mayer's resignation comes after TikTok filed a lawsuit against the US government over allegations that the popular app is used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans. "In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for," Mayer wrote in an email.

Finnish multinational telecommunications, and consumer electronics company, Nokia has been awarded a $14.1 million contract by America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build a 4G/LTE network on the moon, bringing the first cellular network on the moon and upgrading the communication system in outer space. The Nokia contract is one out of the $370 million awarded to companies like SpaceX by the United States' space program.

5G Network: NCC Set To Formulate Policies To Regulate Its Possible Arrival And Operations

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The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has disclosed readiness to partner with stakeholders to formulate policies that will drive the 5th generation (5G) mobile network in the country.

American online video sharing platform, YouTube has on Thursday announced a global $100 million 'Black Voices Funds' where Nigerian artists and creators can apply for grants. This was made known in a statement by Alex Okosi, Managing Director, Emerging Markets YouTube EMEA, saying the global fund would run for the next three years, supporting Black YouTubers. He said the fund was established to enable and encourage artists and creators to thrive on YouTube.

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.”

China Celebrates Safe Landing of 'Cheap' Re-usable Spacecraft

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A convenient, reusable and inexpensive spacecraft which was launched on 4th of September in China has safely landed after spending two days in orbit. According to Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency, the spaceplane is similar to the Air Force’s X-37B and can provide a “convenient and inexpensive” method of getting to and from space.

Jeff Bezos Now Worth More Than $200 Billion - Forbes

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American internet entrepreneur, industrialist, media proprietor, and investor, Jeff Bezos has now become the world's first-ever person to amass a $200 billion fortune. The 56-year-old who became the world's richest person in 2017  is now $90 billion richer than the world's second-richest person, Bill Gates, who's currently worth $116.1 billion.

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