Nigeria will be vying for two positions at the 2018 International Telecommunications Union conference.

The conference, which is themed Innovation for Smarter Digital Development, will hold in Durban, South Africa between September 10 and 23, 2018.

Nigeria is seeking to be on the ITU administrative council and Williams Ijeh is seeking to be the director, in charge of the bureau for telecommunications development (BDT).

Google on Wednesday launched the Google Impact Challenge (GIC) Nigeria 2018 aimed at empowering the citizens to drive community impact.

The Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu, said at the unveiling in Lagos that Google would commit two million dollars into the project in form of grants to non-profits using technology to reach their goals.

“This is the first time we are running a GIC in Africa. Many African non-profits are doing great work with real impact, and we are keen to shine a light on them and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas.

Smartphone vendor HMD Global raised $100 million in its latest funding ambition, cash earmarked to grow the Nokia device brand with an ultimate aim of reclaiming its position as one of the world’s leading manufacturers.

Among the investors was Wonderful Stars, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn)-owned FIH Mobile, which will hold a direct stake of six per cent of the company’s issued shares once HMD Global’s pending transactions are complete.

Other buyers comprise investment companies Ginko Ventures (through Alpha Ginko) and DMJ Asia Investment Opportunity.

On Tuesday, NASA is launching two new satellites, collectively called GRACE, to replace two that have been retired after 16 years in orbit. GRACE stands for Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. The satellites measure — with exquisite sensitivity — changes in the Earth's gravitational field.

Google South Africa has on Wednesday, May 23, launched its first local Impact Challenge which will see funding awarded to non-profits using innovation and technology to get to their goals.

The search giant will assign $2 million (R25 million) in funding to non-profits in South Africa.

“Google is issuing an open call for non-profits in South Africa to apply to get their share of $2m in funding. Four non-profits in South Africa stand to win $250 000 each while 8 runners up will each get $125,000,” it said.

Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s largest music publisher in an industry that has found new life on the back of streaming services.

The acquisition is the biggest strategic move yet by new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida and gives Sony a catalogue of more than 2 million songs from artists such as Kanye West, Sam Smith and Sia.

The deal is part of Yoshida’s mission to make revenue streams more stable with rights to entertainment content - a strategy that follows a major revamp by his predecessor which shifted Sony’s focus away from low-margin consumer electronics.

Adobe announced that it was acquiring e-commerce services provider Magento for $1.68 billion. The purchase gives Adobe a missing e-commerce platform piece that should fit nicely in the company’s Experience Cloud. The deal should help Adobe bolster its experience cloud business, which provides services including analytics, advertising and marketing.

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