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We Are Ready to Meet with Nigerian Govt.- Twitter

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We Are Ready to Meet with Nigerian Govt.- Twitter

Social media giant, Twitter, said it has informed the Nigerian government of its willingness to meet over the suspension placed on its platform in the country.
The Federal Government had last Friday suspended Twitter’s operation in Nigeria on the basis that the platform is being used to threaten the country’s cooperate existence.
While on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who had announced the suspension, said Twitter’s management is seeking a high-level discussion to resolve the issue that led to the suspension.

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Confirming the Minister’s comment, Twitter took to its platform on Friday, saying, “it’s one week since Twitter was blocked in Nigeria. We have informed the Nigerian government that we are ready to meet for an open discussion to address mutual concerns and see the service restored. We remain advocates for the free and OpenInternet everywhere. KeepitOn.”

 

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Russia Fines Google for Breaching Data Storage Law

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Russia Fines Google for Breaching Data Storage Law

Russia has fined Google over $40,000 for failing to store the data of Russian users on local servers.

The Russian government has been seeking to tighten control over the Russian segment of the web and develop a sovereign internet. It has also said that foreign technology companies must store Russian users’ data in the country.

Moscow’s Tagansky district court on Thursday found Google guilty of breaching data localisation laws and fined the company 3 million roubles which is equivalent to $41,000, a court spokeswoman told state news agency.

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This is the first time the U.S. company has been penalised for breaching the controversial law passed in 2014 that requires the personal data of Russian users to be stored inside Russia.

Twitter and Facebook were fined last year for failing to comply while the networking website, LinkedIn was blocked by Russia after it refused to move the data of Russian users.

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Israel Minister to Discuss Pegasus Scandal in France Visit

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Israel Minister to Discuss Pegasus Scandal in France Visit

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz will meet his French counterpart in Paris this week for talks that will include an “update” on the Pegasus spyware scandal, his office said Tuesday.

A ministry statement said Gantz will leave Wednesday for talks with French Defence Minister Florence Parly on topics including the crisis in Lebanon, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Pegasus malware made by Israeli firm NSO, which was allegedly used to target President Emmanuel Macron.

Pegasus, which is able to switch on a phone’s camera or microphone and harvest its data, is at the centre of a storm after a list of about 50,000 potential surveillance targets were leaked to human rights groups.

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Israel’s defence establishment has set up a committee to review the firm’s business, including the process through which export licenses are granted.

Pegasus’s list of alleged targets includes at least 180 journalists, 600 politicians, 85 human rights activists and 65 business leaders.

However, NSO insists its software is only intended for use in fighting terrorism and other crimes, and says it exports to 45 countries.

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Jeff Bezos Launches to Space Aboard New Shepard Rocket Ship

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Jeff Bezos Launches to Space Aboard New Shepard Rocket Ship

Billionaire Jeff Bezos has on Tuesday launched into space in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard.

Bezos was accompanied by his brother, Mark; an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race Wally Funk and an 18-year-old student, Oliver Daemen.

New Shepard, built by Bezos’ company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the burgeoning market for space tourism.

They travelled in a capsule with the biggest windows flown in space, offering stunning views of the Earth. All four passengers have now parachuted safely back to Earth after their 10-minute, 10-second trip.

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On the flight was the oldest person who has been to space – Ms Funk – and the youngest student, Daemen.

The spacecraft lifted off from a private launch site near Van Horn, Texas, with Bezos announcing after touch down to earth, “Best Day Ever’’!

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