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Kenya Is Set to Benefit From Google’s Ksh120B Plan

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Kenya is set to benefit from Google’s Ksh120 billion plan to create a Cloud Region in sub-Saharan Africa as committed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pachai.

In a statement dated Wednesday, October 5, Google Cloud Africa Director Niral Patel revealed that an interconnect station under construction in Nairobi will be launched.

Patel explained that it will be part of an elaborate plan to grow an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to transform Africa’s digital goals.

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“We are expanding our network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi. This will lead to more opportunities for businesses,” he stated.

In addition, Google will establish its first African product development centre in Nairobi. The facility will be used to incubate, develop and build better products for Africans.

“Google Cloud is already working with customers across the continent – helping them solve business critical challenges, get online, and access the benefits of digital technology,” read the statement in part.

To further ease business in Kenya, the tech giant has expanded its coverage of the country on its Maps application to foster navigation in the country.

“To make Maps more efficient, Google has refreshed Street View in Kenya kilometres of imagery to help people virtually explore and navigate neighbourhoods,” the global tech company explained.

The CEO exuded confidence that thousands of jobs will be created not only in Kenya but also other countries in the continent. Patel affirmed that Africa’s internet economy had the potential to grow to Ksh21.7 trillion (USD180 billion) by 2025.

So far, the search engine company has invested Ksh6 billion (USD50 million) in nine African tech startups including Kenyan e-logistics company, Lori Systems.

Furthermore, it partnered with the United Nations (UN) to launch the Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI), a global partnership aiming to accelerate Africa’s economic growth and sustainable development.

On September 6, 12 Kenyan start-ups were selected among 60 entries into the Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF) for Africa to receive non-dilutive awards of between Ksh6 and12 million, and up to Ksh24 million in Google Cloud credit.

Via Kenyans.co.ke

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Uhuru Kenyatta Back On Twitter, Facebook Three Years After Trolls Forced Him Out

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta is back on social media after his sudden exit three years ago.
Mr Kenyatta is now back on an official account @4thPresidentKE, which is now available on both Facebook and Twitter platforms.

In March 2019, Mr Kenyatta’s Twitter and Facebook pages were abruptly deactivated in what his then Chief of staff Nzioka Waita claimed was to allow for the remedial recovery measures to be undertaken.

“On account of unauthorized access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, all official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” Mr Waita said.

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Even so, in November 2020, Uhuru opened up about his social media exit, noting that trolls had forced him out.

Mr Kenyatta was also a victim of online bullies.

“You see I left Twitter and other social media sites because I saw they are full of insults and nothing constructive. You sit there reading the comments instead of sleeping. ‘Oh, what have they said?” he said.

“They make calls asking people to see how the trolls have attacked. I would rather sleep or talk to my wife,” he added.

Meanwhile, Singer, Esther Akoth better known by her stage name as Akothee, has threatened to sue blogs that use the content she shares on social media in a malicious manner.

The mother of five has indicated that she will sue blogs for Sh300 million for using her content. The singer claims that blogs would rather highlight sensational events in her life than promote her business.

The singer who recently reconciled with the Sister Cebbie while appreciating the role the news and entertainment blogs play in society, said some of the outlets had turned to tarnishing the names of celebrities.

“To All Kenyan bloggers, this is your last day of posting rubbish about my brand, tarnishing my name for your own gain. You will be forced to pay a penalty of Sh 300 million if you post anything malicious about my brand. I don’t need you, you need my content, period. Wacheni kunipost sitaki (don’t post me),” she decried.

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Is Twitter Shutting Down? Find Out Here

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Twitter office buildings will be temporarily closed until Monday and employees will have no access inside, reports the BBC, and this has resulted in many thinking the platform is “shutting down”, while others are under the assumption that it is “ending” in 2022.

Twitter has gone through a number of changes since it was purchased by Elon Musk, and if reports are to be believed, a number of its employees have voiced their opinions against the new rules.

Elon himself has been vocal about his desire to bring about more changes to his newly-bought platform, but there is no indication of the service coming to an end altogether despite growing concerns.

*USERS THINK TWITTER IS ‘SHUTTING DOWN’*

While neither Elon nor Twitter’s employees have confirmed these rumors, users can’t stop thinking what they would do if Twitter were to shut down. This stems from reports that their offices are being temporarily closed.

The #RIPTwitter trend further added to people’s concern, with many, before checking the facts, believing that Twitter’s service would end tomorrow.

Being the troll that he is, Elon also joined the trend by sharing a meme on his verified account, which shows the Twitter logo on a tombstone, jokingly implying that the platform is dead.

However, in a contradicting Tweet, the billionaire shared: “We just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol”

*MEMES ABOUT PLATFORM ‘GOING DOWN’ ARE HILARIOUS*

Just like Elon, people have come up with their own version of memes in reaction to raising concerns about Twitter ‘shutting down’ for good.

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