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Russia targeted by cyber-attacks during World Cup

Russia was the target of almost 25 million cyber-attacks during the World Cup, President Vladimir Putin said, though he did not indicate who may have been behind the attacks.

"During the period of the World Cup, almost 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russia, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralised," Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services.

Ugandan citizens against social media tax

Politicians, clerics, feminists and others have formed a broad coalition of Ugandans calling on Tuesday for an end to a social media tax the government hopes will raise revenue and silence "gossip".

On Sunday Uganda's communications regulator blocked access to social media including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, unless users pay a Shs200 ($0.05) daily tax.

Rethinking the Culture of Learning and Teaching in SA’s Schools

South Africa (SA) is faced with multiple social challenges, which include economic inequality and unemployment. It is generally accepted that access to quality education at school level is likely to address the many social challenges, including the ones mentioned above. SA’s education system currently finds itself at the bottom of the list when ranked with other countries, mathematics and science competency is even worse.

Namibian mobile operator slashes data pricing

Inspired by South African data protests, Namibian mobile operator Paratus has cut its data prices by a massive 80%.

The operator announced in a statement that it reduced the cost per gigabyte from N$85 (R85) to N$15 (R15).

"According to statistics from Research ICT Solutions (2018), Namibia rates 29th out of 52 African countries with regards to the cheapest 1 Gigabyte mobile prepaid rates per month for 2018 in USD, with a rate of US$7.35," the Paratus statement reads.

2 new features for WhatsApp

WhatsApp is giving users 2 new features, the ability to add a description to group chats and allows users to switch between the voice and video call feature, according to reports. 

WhatsApp rolled out the group description feature for the beta version of Android last month. 

To read the article titled, "WhatsApp adds 2 new features that may make your life easier" click here

Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect its users' data

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect its users' data.

"If we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote.

MTN, Vodacom charging more for out-of-bundle data

Amid reports of South Africa’s top two networks charging up to 2 639% more for out-of-bundle data, Vodacom has said it is normal business practice to offer discounts to customers that make longer term commitments. 

Despite a push by government and the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (Icasa), out-of-bundle data rates are much more expensive than in-bundle.

Credit Bureau Data Leak

The sensitive private information of 30 million South Africans, contained in a massive data breach, appears to have been hacked from a credit bureau. 

This is according to Australian Microsoft regional director, Tory Hunt, who exposed the leak on Twitter on Tuesday.

Hunt is also a security researcher and creator of the website HaveIbeenpwned.com. The website allows people to check if their personal information has been compromised. 

Windows 10 Mobile no Longer a Focus

The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".

Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.

Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.

To read the article titled, "Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile" click here

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