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Facebook’s Going to the Stock Market for an IPO?

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook could hit the stock market valued at $100bn.

The Wall Street Journal quotes unnamed “people close to the matter” to tell it that Facebook’s initial public offering (IPO) is imminent, and that it could raise as much as £10bn. This the investor rag adds will give it a purported book value of $100bn, which is more than some long term technology firms like HP and 3M can boast.

How a place that just lets people get together virtually and share photos, location data, consumer product preferences, thoughts on politics and big business, their age, sexual preferences, religion, likes and dislikes and political leanings could be worth so much money is a mystery to us. Perhaps Facebook sells all that information, or something.

Anyway, once this monster hits the stock market people are expected to clamour to grab a piece of the action. They should start clearing their diaries for March and April of next year then, as this is the timeframe that the company apparently is working to target.

People person and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not fully set on the date, according to the sources, but reportedly is warming to it. The newspaper adds that the firm is already talking to the US Securities and Exchange Commission about the possible IPO.

Source: The Inquirer

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Hackers Attack UN Server

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

United Nations gets hacked

                    Team Poison penned document posted online
HACKERS at Team Poison have posted data from the United Nations and called it out for supporting corrupt organisations.

Passwords and login details belonging to staff at the UN were posted to Pastebin, along with criticism of the organisation and a dig at its security workers.

“The question now is… how?… We will let the so called ‘secutiy experts’ over at the UN figure that out…,” the message says, “Have a Nice Day.” Details about approximately 1,000 UN staff have been posted by the hackers.

Graham Cluley, security expert at Sophos said that they were likely to have come from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other groups.

A Senate for Global Corruption, the United Nations sits to facilitate the introduction of a New World Order and a One World Government,” reads the introduction. “The UN is a fraud! The bureaucratic head of NATO used to legitimise the Barbarism of Capitalist elite! United Nations, why didnt you expect us?”

A report at the BBC says that the UN has taken down the compromised server. We are waiting for confirmation from the UN itself, but the hackers suggested that this was not the case.

“ima let the #UnitedNations think they theyve took the hacked server down lmfao……”, reads a follow-up tweet from the Team Poison account.

Source: The Inquirer (http://s.tt/14oOY)

Release of Spectrum: 40M Sub-Saharan Africans to be Lifted Out of Poverty

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

Release of Spectrum Is Set to Generate an Additional US$82 billion in GDP Per Year and Help Lift 40 Million Sub-Saharan Africans Out of Poverty by 2025

ATU Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit, Nairobi: The GSMA today announced that greater allocation of spectrum for Mobile Broadband is vital for the economic and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. New findings from a report by the GSMA and Plum Consulting reveal that, across the region, the release of Mobile Broadband spectrum in the Digital Dividend and the 2.6GHz bands by 2015 in sub-Saharan Africa could:

 

 

– Create up to 27 million new jobs, increase GDP per capita by 5.2 per

cent[1], which will directly lift 40 million people out of poverty[2]by 2025; and

– Increase GDP and government tax revenues by US$82 billion and US$18 billion

per year respectively by 2025.

 

 

Mobile voice and SMS services have made major economic contributions to sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade and accounted for 3.5 per cent of regional GDP by 2010. While the effects of broadband internet access are just beginning to be felt across the region, its importance has been recognised by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development which has set a global broadband challenge “to ensure that 40 per cent of households in developing countries are using broadband internet by 2015[3].” In sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of fixed line telecom infrastructure means that Mobile Broadband services will be essential in achieving this target.

The GSMA expects that there will be 240 million Mobile Broadband connections in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015, compared to just 4 million fixed broadband connections[4]. The GSMA is therefore calling on countries across the region, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, to urgently release harmonised spectrum for Mobile Broadband. This will expand the reach and availability of affordable broadband services and help realise significant economic and human development gains for sub-Saharan Africa.

Currently, just 80MHz of spectrum is available for delivering Mobile Broadband service in a typical African market. In contrast, mobile operators in many middle and high-income markets have access up to 400MHz of spectrum for delivering Mobile Broadband.

“African governments must act now to release much-needed spectrum for Mobile Broadband services if they are to meet the UN’s 40 per cent broadband target,” said Peter Lyons, Director of Spectrum Policy, Africa and Middle East, GSMA. “Increased spectrum will lower the cost of mobile devices, improve speed of data communication, and ultimately help nearly 40 million Africans escape poverty.”

MERCY JOHNSON, NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, GOES BLIND?

In ANYTHING on November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

Here is the full story.

Sultry actress Mercy Johnson is no doubt a woman that cannot be toyed with in the Nollywood when the names of who is who in the Nigerian movie industry or even in the world for that matter are mentioned.

This is based on the agility she applies to her craft to dish out what she knows how to do best,which has untimately made her a celebrity to reckon with,but that is not the story for today.The one now is very disheartening if not unpalatable.

Not too long ago,precisely August 28 2011,the actress was in the news,putting an end to a conflicting story which emanated at a scene on the he above mentioned date.But this time,it might definitely not be the best of time for the Kogi State born diva,Mercy Johnson as the news you are about to read may sound bizarre.

Undoubtedly,Mercy Johnson is one of the best actresses in Nigeria who has carved a nitche for herself before her much publicized marriage to Edo-born prince,Odi,which might not even confuse one whenever she is being link to several scandals.

According to the information,Mercy Johnson was said to have engaged in a combat on a movie location in Asaba Delta State,with a colleague whose name has not been revealed to us.The brawl,we gathered,made her to lose one of her eye balls in the ensuing brouhaha.

Information from other sources however claimed that ever since the unfortunate incident,newly wedded Mercy Johnson has found herself pitiable in the unbelievable situation,as her family members have been running helter-skelter to ensure a surgical operation for her in London,so that the eye can at least return to a manageable state as the damage done to the right eye is very gory.

On the heels of this,we placed repeated and anxious calls to Mercy to know the truth of the matter before going to press,but our efforts proved abortive as her phone kept ringing without response.

But before the temper of you lovers of Mercy begin to palpitate,let’s quickly tell you that the flick we are referring to was written by Micheal Jaja,continuity by Prince Apex,costuming by Chioma Okafor,props/set by David Aginwa(Ghana) make-up by Gabazzini,managed by Boniface Ogbonnaya,produced by Magic Movies,and finally directed by Micheal Jaja.

What a great combination of talented hands to give out such a great piece of work.

Facebook in Trouble: Hit By Scam That Threatens to Delete Account in 24 Hours

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

By Kukil Bora

Popular social networking Web site Facebook has been targeted yet again by new phishing scam. According to security firm Sophos’ Nake Security blog, Facebook users have been receiving phishing emails that are “threatening to delete users’ Facebook accounts unless the victims pass along their account details within 24 hours.”

The security firm said in an official post that the phishing emails are falsely accusing Facebook users of violating policy regulations by annoying or insulting other Facebook users. The allegations are then followed by a request that asks users for their private Facebook details including login particulars and part of recipients’ credit card numbers, the Times of India reported.

Warning users, the blog post said the emails were entirely phony and were not coming from Facebook. “Social media venues would not request financial information, nor would they request login details.”

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HTC Sensation XE Officially Launched in India

In ANYTHING on November 25, 2011 at 7:40 am

HTC has officially launched its Sensation XE smartphone in India at a price tag of Rs. 35,490. The Sensation XE, also dubbed as the first HTC Beats Audio-equipped smartphone, is however available at online retail stores flipkart.com and letsbuy.com for Rs. 32,400 and Rs. 32,125 respectively.

The HTC Sensation XE features a relatively faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The smartphone bears a larger 1,730 mAh battery, which is supposed to deliver 9 hours of talk time. It has 768MB of RAM and internal storage of 4GB, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The Sensation XE comes a 4.3-inch qHD S-LCD display with 540×960 pixels resolution and an 8 MP primary camera. The XE also features the Android 2.3 and HTC Sense 3.5 software.. On connectivity front, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth and 3G. Read more spec details of the new HTC Sensation XE here.

HTC says its Sensation XE is the first handset to feature a Beats Audio experience, which allows users to easily manage songs and playlists as well as download and transfers. The HTC Sensation XE also ships with an 8G microSD card, which can load nearly thousand songs.

Kul Bhushan

Do You Really Need Those Anti-biotics

In ANYTHING on November 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

TOP TIPS FROM THE HPA

  • Most coughs and colds get better on their own – antibiotics will not speed recovery
  • Talk to your GP about whether you need them
  • Coughing up phlegm on its own is not a reason to need an antibiotic – even if it is yellow
  • A sore throat plus runny nose with phlegm suggests the infection is less likely to respond to antibiotics
  • A high temperature, red throat and feeling really ill means you probably need an antibiotic
  • If you feel able to stop taking them early, you may well not have needed them
  • Always take all doses for as long as instructed
  • Never keep any leftovers – what’s prescribed for one infection might not work for the next
  • GPs can give a delayed antibiotic prescription for you to take only if things get worse
  • In cases of severe illness, antibiotics can save lives

No Privacy, Please!

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

How much privacy can smartphone owners expect?

 By Brian Wheeler BBC News, Washington

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Many consumers continue to allow mobile applications that can locate them
The US Supreme Court could soon allow police to monitor the movements of US mobile phone users without a warrant. Now that most of us carry sophisticated tracking devices in our pockets, how much privacy do we have a right to expect?

Millions of us happily invade our own privacy every day on Twitter and Facebook, sharing personal details with the world and broadcasting our location in a way previous generations would have found bizarre.

Even those who shy away from social media and new technology in general are not immune. The most basic mobile phones are in constant contact with the nearest mast, sending information about the whereabouts of their users to phone companies, who can later hand that data over to the police, if requested.

At the other end of the spectrum, in the world of smartphones, privacy is becoming an increasingly outdated concept, argues technology writer Sam Biddle. What might once have been considered “creepy” and invasive is becoming normal.

“That line of creepiness is there, but it’s eroding quickly because, frankly, we are just getting used to it,” says Mr Biddle, a staff writer for Gizmodo.com.

“Something like (smartphone app) Foursquare, something like Find My Friends, these things all would have sounded like something from 1984. Now they are fun and free.

“So I think whatever line there once was is receding very quickly.”

He adds: “The excitement and the novelty of it blinds us to the fact that is a little weird and maybe, in terms of privacy rights, a little ominous.”

For the smartphone customer “it’s a trade-off, in terms of privacy versus service,” he says. For the mobile phone company “following you around is just part of the service”.

‘Legitimate expectation’

There are signs that governments and law enforcement agencies around the world are taking advantage of this increasingly relaxed attitude towards privacy to step up surveillance of citizens.

The case currently before the Supreme Court, US vs Jones, hinges on whether police officers should be allowed to plant GPS tracking devices on suspects’ cars without a warrant.

Nightclub owner and suspected drug smuggler Antoine Jones had such a device attached to his vehicle for 28 days so officers could follow his movements in order to build up a case against him.

His legal team argued at a Supreme Court hearing earlier this month that his Fourth Amendment rights, which are meant to protect US citizens from invasive searches, were violated.

Lawyers for the Obama administration argued that Jones did not have a “legitimate expectation of privacy” – the standard legal test in the US for the past 45 years – because his car was in a public place.

Attaching a tracking device to it was no different to tailing him, which has always been legal, the government argued.

If the Supreme Court agrees, it could open the door to mass unwarranted surveillance of suspects using GPS bugs, civil liberties campaigners have warned.

Open to abuse?

But law enforcement officers no longer have to physically plant a bug on a suspect’s car or person. In the US, they are increasingly using mobile phone tracking software.

“Police officers can sit in the comfort of their own stations and use this technology to watch not just one person, but many people, over long periods of time,” says Catherine Crump, an attorney for American Civil Liberties Union.

This is far more invasive than traditional surveillance, she argues.

“GPS tracking can actually be quite revealing about who a person is and what they value. It can show where a person goes to church, whether they are in therapy, whether they are an outpatient at a medical clinic, whether they go to a gun range.”

Without police officers being forced to go before a court to obtain a “probable cause” warrant, the technology is wide open to abuse, the ACLU argues, and it is hoping that the Supreme Court will ban all warrantless surveillance when they deliver their verdict in the Jones case.

“I don’t think you have to be a card carrying member of the ACLU to be concerned about a world in which every citizen of the United States can be tracked on the whim of a curious police officer, for any reason, or no reason at all,” says Ms Crump.

But police and prosecutors tend to take a different view.

“If it is a legitimate law enforcement need and there is no time to get a warrant there should be occasions when you can use a tracking device,” says Ed Marsico, district attorney for Dauphin County, in Pennsylvania.

 

Nigeria’s National Honours of Dishonour For 2011

In ESSAY on November 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

CONVERSATION

Gbenga Ogundare

It gives me great pleasure to address you today on this suspicious occasion
of the Investiture Ceremony of the 2010 and 2011 National Honours of Dishonour
Award to citizens and residents of this country who have messed up themselves
in various capacities.

Today is fraudulently significant because we’re gathered here to publicly
acknowledge and reward people of timber and caliber when it comes to
corruption, frivolity and impunity. The significance of an occasion like this
goes beyond the ceremony itself. It reminds us that our country is a joke,
through individual and collective efforts.

We’re a nation with a poisonous root and rich in rotten fruits of violence and
nepotism. A ceremony such as tells the whole world how laughable our national
values are.

We must work harder not to forsake this special feature of our collective
being. We must make a determined effort to pull our individual efforts together
to build a shambolic, economically unstable and politically tense country.

You’ll recall that on the day of the inauguration of this Administration, we
made a pronouncement on our resolve to move this country forwardly backward
through the Transformation Agenda.

With the steadfast support and productive partnership of the good people of our
dear country, I am confident that we are well on our way towards actualizing
our set objectives of ensuring Nigeria becomes a failed state.

I am informed that since the inception of the Award Scheme in 1963, a total of 3,924 persons have received National Honours. This award is the prerogative of the President, the recipients were chosen by my men whose criteria I don’t understand. Therefore, I shall appoint some other people to look into this mess we’re celebrating to day.

However, I am pleased to note that in this year’s list of awardees are persons
who have truly distinguished themselves as criminals, fraudsters, liars,
executhieves, et cetera.

I congratulate all the awardees who have today joined the family of National Dishonour
Recipients and urge each and every one of you to view this national recognition
as a motivation to rededicate yourselves to ravaging the nation.

Let me quickly add here that, I noticed a few good names included in the
list – that’s to douse the tension that might arise from the public. And about
Pa Achebe rejecting this Ogbonge award, I attribute such honourable posture to
senility. What about Gbajabiamila? That is vintage inferiority complex. I’ll
summon the National Assembly psychologists to assist him.

I’d like to commend the Chairman and members of the National Awards Committee
for their selfish effort in handling such a delicate responsibility.

Thank you and may God bless you all.

Men Like One-Night Stand More Than Women – Right?

In ESSAY on November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Ugly Truth About One Night Stands: Men Less Choosy Than Women

Men are far more interested in casual sex than women. While men need to be exceptionally attractive to tempt women to consider casual sex, men are far less choosy. These findings1 by Dr Achim Schützwohl, from the Department of Psychology at Brunel University in the UK, and his team are published online in Springer‘s journal Human Nature.

The research shows that men are more likely than women to report having had casual sex and they express a greater desire for it than do women. It is also thought that women but not men raise their standards of attractiveness for a casual sex partner.

Dr Schützwohl and his colleagues looked at the influence of an imagined requestor’s physical attractiveness on men’s and women’s willingness to accept three distinct offers: go out, go to their apartment and go to bed with them. A total of 427 male and 433 female students from the US, Germany and Italy answered a questionnaire.

The authors conclude: “While men are not entirely insensitive to their requestor’s attractiveness, women have higher standards and are more likely to engage in casual sex with an exceptionally attractive man than with a less attractive man.”

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