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  • Facebook Hits One Billion Users

    Facebook has announced that it now has more than a billion users, in a new milestone for the world's biggest social network.

    Co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who describes the number as humbling, adds that: "To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that's just unbelievable."

    According to the independent website, Social Bakers, the largest number of Facebook users are in the United States - over 166 million - followed by Brazil (58 million), India (55 million), Indonesia (47 million) and Mexico (38 million).

    To read the article titled, “Facebook hits one billion users,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Mobile Phones Less Toxic - Research Finds

    Researchers in the United States say that mobile phone manufacturers, responding to consumer and regulatory pressure, are using fewer toxic substances in their products.

    According to a study by the Michigan-based Ecology Centre, the Motorola Citrus, Apple iPhone 4S and LE Remarq, emerged as the least toxic cellphones in a study of 36 different models that have come onto the market during the past five years.

    "The takeaway is that mobile phones are chemically intensive, and full of chemical hazards, but they've been getting a lot better," explains Jeff Gearhart, a research director at Ecology Centre.

    To read the article titled, “Mobile phones less toxic, research finds,” click here.

  • Clinton Global Initiative Embraces NGOs

    The Clinton Global Initiative (GCI) held its annual meeting with heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists and representatives from NGOs from 23-25 September 2012 in New York.

    John Bryant, a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, states that the meeting was about bringing people together to achieve measurable results.

    Bryant, who is also founder and chief executive officer of Operation Hope, notes that government, the private sector and philanthropy cannot solve today’s development challenges in isolation.

    To read the article titled, “Clinton Global Initiative embraces NGOs,” click here.

    VOA News
  • USAID-Funded Videos Promote Gender Equality

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of its continued support of women, girls and families, launched 18 short educational and advocacy videos.

    Aimed at increasing global awareness and bringing about social change for critical health, and gender equality and empowerment, the videos are part of the Half the Sky Movement, a multidonor, multimedia platform based on Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

    Through the USAID-funded Communication for Change  project, managed by the nonprofit human development organisation, FHI360, USAID provided support to the Half the Sky Movement which is developed by Show of Force in collaboration with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Independent Television Service.

    To read the article titled, “USAID-funded videos promote gender equality,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Android Phones Open to Hacking – Experts

    Hacking experts have demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using methods they say work on virtually all such devices in use today, despite recent efforts by search engine giant Google to boost protection.

    Accuvant researcher, Charlie Miller, who demonstrated a method for delivering malicious code to Android phones using a new Android feature known as near field communications, says he figured out how to create a device the size of a postage stamp that could be stuck in an inconspicuous place such as near a cash register at a restaurant. He states that when an Android user walks by, the phone would get infected.

    In the same vein, Trustwave's SpiderLabs’s Sean Schulte, noted that, "Google is making progress, but the authors of malicious software are moving forward.

    To read the article titled, “Android phones open to hacking,” click here.

  • AIDS Cure Within 10 Years – UNAIDS

    The Joint United Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) believes a cure for AIDS will be found within 10 years.

    Speaking at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington in the United States, UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sidibé, says that the current research studies have shown great progress in finding a possible cure for this disease.

    Sidibé further says that, “We are seeing progress, what we need is to mobilise science, we need to continue to invest in research because without the cure, I don't think we'll eradicate, we can end but not eradicate this epidemic, we need cure or vaccine. How far are we? I personally feel that cure is not so far, functional cure is possible probably in the six to 10 years.”

    To read the article titled, “,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Google Launches ‘Drive’ Service for Users

    Google has launched a long-anticipated ‘Drive’ service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet ‘cloud’.

    Google vice president for Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, points out that, “Google Drive software has been tailored for Windows and Macintosh computers as well as smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software.”

    Google Drive accounts with five gigabytes of storage are available free at www.drive.google.com and upgrades to more space on servers in Google’s data centres are available at rates set by size and country.

    To read the article titled, “Google joins 'cloud' data storage trend,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • World Bank's New Head on His Vision

    Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, has promised to align the institution with the rapidly changing world.

    Kim, who will be starting his new job on 1 July 2012, points out that his vision is to foster an institution that responds effectively to the needs of its diverse clients and donors, among others.

    He also states the need for the bank to deliver more powerful results to support sustained growth, prioritise evidence-based solutions over ideology, amplify the voices of developing countries, and drew on the expertise and experience of the people it serves.

    To read the article titled, “World Bank's new head on his vision,” click here.

    Sowetan Live
  • Anti-poverty Group Pushes for G8 Food Deal

    ONE Campaign says that leaders of the world's industrial powers should commit to boost agriculture investments in poor countries and end hunger and malnutrition among the poor when they meet outside Washington in May.

    A group, co-founded by anti-poverty campaigners and rock stars, Bono and Bob Geldof, released a new report in which it says that increased donor support for agricultural investment plans in 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America could lift about 50 million people out of extreme poverty.

    ONE Campaign's analysis identifies 30 poor countries, home to about 26 percent of the 1.4 billion extreme poor, which have globally backed agricultural investment plans that need donor support.

    To read the article titled, “Anti-poverty group ONE pushes for G8 food deal,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Call for Better AU-UN Cooperation

    President Jacob Zuma says Africa must never again be a playground for furthering the interests of other regions.

    Speaking at the council in New York, Zuma presented an argument for stronger relations between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).

    His comments came as South Africa assumed the presidency of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, which rotates alphabetically, and immediately pushed for recognition of the African agenda, which is often out of step with the rest of the world.

    To read the article, “Zuma urges better co-operation between AU and UN,” click here.

    Business Day
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