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Jack Dorsey's Payment Company To Build Bitcoin Mining System

Former Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey has on Thursday announced that his Fintech startup, Block (formerly known as Square ) is building an open bitcoin mining system, making bitcoin mining easier for miners. “We’re officially building an open bitcoin mining system,” Dorsey said in a Tweet. “If we do this, we’d follow our hardware wallet model: build in the open in collaboration with the community,” he added.

BlackBerry OS Devices To Officially Stop Working From January 4

On January 4th, BlackBerry OS devices will lose the ability to make calls, send SMS, and even dial 9-1-1. BlackBerry OS devices would likely also experience connectivity issues using Wi-Fi and mobile devices that still run its own operating system. BlackBerry phones have been declared dead many times over since falling from the height of their popularity more than a decade ago, but this time the company will finally end service for its legacy devices. BlackBerry tried to reboot itself in 2013 with a new OS, BlackBerry 10 (which failed). Also in 2015 it switched to making Android devices (which also failed). Then, in 2016, it began licensing its brand to third-party manufacturers like TCL. 

FG: Digital Tokens Will Be Introduced To Replace NIN Slip

The Federal Government (FG) has announced the introduction of digital tokens to replace the National Identification Number (NIN) slip.
This was disclosed in Abuja at a stakeholder’s workshop on NIN Tokenization Solution organized by the National Identity Management Commission. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami who was represented by the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar disclosed that the implementation of the digital tokens would begin on January 1, 2022.

Giwa Appointed As Head Of JumiaPay

Former Group Head of Verve Digital and New Business at Interswitch group, Damola Giwa has been appointed by Jumia as the head of JumiaPay, the digital payment and fintech platform of the company. Giwa, an expert in the digital payment and fintech space, who was responsible for Verve digitalization, innovation, and new business strategy across Africa will now lead JumiaPay Nigeria to better positioning.

MTN Partners Nigerian Creatives On Arts, Culture

The MTN Foundation, a corporate social investment initiative of MTN Nigeria has announced that it is partnering with Nigerian creatives in arts and culture, supporting youth development in Nigeria. The foundation in a statement explained that it would be supporting three Theater productions during the Yuletide season, between December 23, 2021, and January 3, 2022.

Scientists Discover Perfectly Preserved Baby Dinosaur In China

Scientists have announced the discovery of an unprecedented fossil of a baby dinosaur curled up perfectly inside its egg. The dinosaur embryo, exquisitely preserved from at least 66 million years ago was discovered in Ganzhou, southern China. It is believed to be a toothless theropod dinosaur, or oviraptorosaur, and has been nicknamed Baby Yingliang after the name of the Chinese museum which houses the fossil. Researcher Dr Fion Waisum Ma said it is "the best dinosaur embryo ever found in history". Baby Yingliang measures 10.6in (27cm) long from head to tail, and rests inside a 6.7 inch-long egg at the Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum in China. The egg was first uncovered in 2000, but put into storage for 10 years.

MTN, Mafab Communications Win Bid For 5G Spectrum Technology

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) auctioned the two available slots of the 3.5 gigahertz band spectrum for the deployment of fifth-generation (5G) network in the country on Monday. The live auction which was held at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja saw MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Ltd emerge as winners in the keenly contested auction. Bidding started at $199.37 million and after eight hours and eleven rounds of bidding, the auction for 5G technology ended at $273.6m for each of the two available slots.

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