- Google Hosts 200 Nigerian, Kenyan Publishers
Google will this week host publishers’ summits in Nigeria and Kenya, where over 200 publishers from across the region will gather to explore an opportunity to better understand Google’s Publisher tools, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by an online ecosystem growing rapidly in both size and complexity.
According to the company, the summits are the largest hosted by Google in Africa, to date.
Through its summits, and other initiatives, Google said it was empowering publishers to make money online and drive traffic to their sites.
“In this way, the company aims to give publishers the necessary support to help them monetise their content online, thereby creating opportunities for the industry to leverage technology in the digital world,” Google said in a statement.
The statement also read, “The summits, which address the different issues being faced by publishers and advertisers, are designed to provide a more complete picture of the online ecosystem and the opportunities that lie ahead in 2017 and beyond.
“Key focus areas include the changing consumption journeys of online consumers as well as the tools available to publishers to optimise their benefits.”
It added, “With Google having achieved its 2016 goal of training one million young people in Africa on digital skills within a year, there is even a greater need for high-interest published content for online marketing as these web enthusiasts start their own ventures or assist other web entrepreneurs with theirs.”
The Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said, “Google’s relentless commitment to the growth and development of the people and businesses in Africa is given expression through summits like this as we deploy tools and initiatives to support businesses and individuals in Africa to grow.”
According to her, Google enables publishers to sell their content directly to consumers through Google Play Newsstand, which now features some 4 000+ newspapers, magazines and blogs.
“And its search and ads services help publishers make money online and drive traffic to their sites. Google shared more than $11bn with its publisher partners in 2016,” she added.
In October 2015, Google joined publishers, analytics and ad tech companies and others to announce the Accelerated Mobile Pages project to dramatically improve the mobile web for everyone.
“Google believes preserving a robust and independent press is important for the society. When excellent journalism succeeds, we all do better,” Ehimuan-Chiazor said.
“This is why Google helps journalists use technology for reporting and acts as a collaborator and convener to listen and learn from those in the industry,” she said.
Other initiatives driven by Google to assist publishers include the Google News Lab, which collaborates with reporters and entrepreneurs globally to help build the future of journalism, partner on projects, and build and adapt tools like Google Trends to help them in their work. In 2016, Google trained over 100,000 journalists directly.
In February 2016, it opened Operation Shield — a tool for news orgs and human rights groups to protect themselves from the DDoS attacks — to all news organisations.
“We boost content discovery and understanding through diversity tags like ‘opinion’, ‘highly cited’, ‘local’ and ‘fact check’ along with tools like ‘Editors’ Picks’ in Google News to allow editors to highlight original news content they believe represents their organisation’s best journalistic work,” Ehimuan-Chiazor said.
Uber Raises Tfare By 13 Percent In Lagos
The economy option for ride-share giant company, Uber, popularly referred to as UberX, has been increased by 13 percent in Lagos State.
An electronic mail message from the ride-hailing firm to its drivers stated that the increment would start from May 11, 2021.
Uber said the increase was to ensure a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners.
“At Uber, we remain committed to providing a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners, as well as a reliable and affordable service for riders. With this in mind, starting 11th May 2021, we are increasing prices on UberX by about 13 percent,” the message read.
Earlier, Uber and Bolt drivers under the aegis of Professional E-hailing Drivers and Partners Association, declared a strike in April in Lagos, seeking an upward review of e-cab fares to reflect the current economic
They also wanted both companies to reduce the commission charged on rides from 25 percent to 10 percent.
National President of PEDPA, Mr. Idris Shonuga, had at a news conference in Lagos, said, “Instead of fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with inflation, the companies have recklessly continued to maintain the low fare, thereby, impoverishing hard-working young Nigerians who are diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living.”
The e-cab operators also demanded adequate welfare package for drivers and compensation to the families of those that lost their lives or are permanently disabled in the line of duty.
The association said that more than 15 drivers had lost their lives, while some had been permanently disabled in accidents in the course of the service.
It also said more than 20 others have also lost their lives through kidnapping or killed by ritualists without any compensation from the operators.
CEOs of Major Tech Companies Have Sold Over $6 Billion of Their Stocks in 2021
Data acquired and calculated by Finbold indicates that CEOs of the five selected major tech firms have sold $6.36 billion worth of shares between January 1 and May 10, 2021.
Jeff Bezos leads, having offloaded AMZN shares worth $4.9 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sold $1.2 billion of his stock. Cumulatively, the two executives have offloaded $6.1 billion worth of shares from their respective companies.
Elsewhere, Nvidia CEO Huang Jen Hsun has sold $77.28 million worth of shares to rank third. Microsoft chief executive Nadella Satya has offloaded $65.44 million of MSFT stock, while Alphabet’s Pichai Sundar has sold $33.05 million. Among the top tech companies, only Tesla and Apple CEOs have not sold any of their stock in 2021.
Insider selling follows a surge in tech stocks
The highlighted companies have recorded a spike in the stock value over the past year, and the research report notes that:
“The sales come in the wake of tech sector stocks surging to new highs amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the pandemic, with wide-scale lockdowns, the companies run by the CEOs played a key role by offering services and products to help people manage the effects of the health crisis. The attention on these services drives the stock prices to record levels.”
Although insider trading is increasing in popularity, the activity is an essential indicator for investors to predict future price movement.
Overall, insider trades offer the overall market and investor outlook. When a single executive increases selling activity but others hold their shares, it does not call for alarm among investors.
MTN Nigeria Resumes SIM Card Sales, Activation
MTN Nigeria has resumed the sales of SIM cards across the nation, according to the latest report from the leading telecommunications company.
In a statement released on Monday, MTN Nigeria said customers can walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate their SIM cards.
Customers are therefore advised to visit with their National Identity Number (NIN) and any of their voter’s card, driver’s license and international passport.
The statement reads “We are delighted to inform you that SIM card sales have commenced in some select MTN stores.
“Simply walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate your SIM.
“Thank you for choosing MTN
“To make your experience at our store seamless and make the process faster, please be kind to come with the following:
1. Your National Identity Number (NIN) is mandatory by law for registering and activating your new SIM.
2. In addition, please come along with any one of these valid, government issued IDs:
i. Your NIN slip
ii. Your Voter’s Card
iii. Your Driver’s License
iv. Your international passport.
SIM registration cannot be done by proxy.
If you do not yet have a NIN, please click on this link Enrolment Centres – CUSTOMER NIN CAPTURE (mtnonline.com) to find the nearest enrollment center
“We look forward to seeing you, and welcoming you to the Yello Family soon!”
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