Billionaire Richard Branson says family and business need not be separate, following your dreams emboldens your children

Billionaire Richard Branson says family and business need not be separate, following your dreams emboldens your children

As we settle into the year ahead, it was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic submissions for my newsletter this month. As ever, it was a struggle to select just one question to answer, but something about this one from Derek Notnam really heartened me. He asked: What advice do...

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Google parent company plans to shed 12,000 jobs worldwide as focus on Artificial Intelligence intensifies

Google parent company plans to shed 12,000 jobs worldwide as focus on Artificial Intelligence intensifies

Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), announced on Friday it will cut about 12,000 jobs, or 6 perc cent of its workforce, as the technology sector reels from layoffs and companies stake their futures on artificial intelligence (AI). Alphabet’s shares rose almost 4 per cent in pre-market trading. The cuts...

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Scramble for minerals, markets by foreign firms is forcing US to recalibrate security strategy in Africa

Scramble for minerals, markets by foreign firms is forcing US to recalibrate security strategy in Africa

“The US has recalibrated its approach. We will not only seek to empower the African continent in the field of security, development and governance, but we will also strive to help them address the drivers of instability and conflict to meet the ambition and promise of Africa.” This is according...

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Britain’s Office for National Statistics says pubs, restaurant spurred economic growth in November

Britain’s Office for National Statistics says pubs, restaurant spurred economic growth in November

The UK economy unexpectedly grew in November, helped by a boost from the World Cup, official figures show. The UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) – a key economic measure of services, construction and manufacturing output – rose by 0.1 per cent. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said pubs and...

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Meta’s East African content moderation hub in Nairobi shuts down as its third-party servicer calls it quits

Meta’s East African content moderation hub in Nairobi shuts down as its third-party servicer calls it quits

Meta’s East African content moderation hub is shutting down as the social media giant’s third-party contractor moves away from policing harmful content, cutting around 200 staff and leaving several employees without work permits. The owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram first contracted Sama in 2017 to assist with labelling data...

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Nairobi Securities Exchange suspends trading in Kenya Airways shares for another years

Nairobi Securities Exchange suspends trading in Kenya Airways shares for another years

Trading in Kenya Airways shares has been suspended for another year, the local stock exchange said on Wednesday, as the troubled national carrier battles to return to profitability. Last month, Kenyan President William Ruto said the government was ready to sell its entire stake in the airline, which has been...

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Companies constantly install invasive computer codes on your devices and mobile phones to keep an eye on you – Epstein

Companies constantly install invasive computer codes on your devices and mobile phones to keep an eye on you – Epstein

Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist for the American Institute of Behavioural Research and Technology, recommends taking the following steps to protect your privacy: Use a virtual private network (VPN) such as Nord, which is only about $3 per month and can be used on up to six devices. In my...

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Surveillance capitalism: Even modern cars are equipped with multiple cameras that feed Big Data

Surveillance capitalism: Even modern cars are equipped with multiple cameras that feed Big Data

Christopher Wylie, now-former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, blew the whistle on the company’s methods of illicitly collecting clients data without their knowledge or consent. According to Wylie, they had so much data on people, they knew exactly how to trigger fear, rage and paranoia in any given individual....

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Big Tech: Social media collect data and your photos, which are used to train facial recognition software

Big Tech: Social media collect data and your photos, which are used to train facial recognition software

The Google Nest security system has a hidden microphone built into it that isn’t featured in any of the schematics for the device. Voice data, and all the information delivered through your daily conversations, is tremendously valuable to Big Data, and add to their ever-expanding predictive modelling capabilities. You cannot...

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Christmas wine shortfall explained: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has held up supply of wine-bottle tops

Christmas wine shortfall explained: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has held up supply of wine-bottle tops

A cork shipment delay may not sound like a big deal in the wine industry, but it’s critical for smaller wineries that don’t do their own bottling. They must hire a mobile bottler who shows up with a big truck, into which they pump the wine so it can get...

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