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Invest Africa to host Google and Cassava Technologies at Africa Tech Festival
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Invest Africa to host Google and Cassava Technologies at Africa Tech Festival

Invest Africa (https://www.InvestAfrica.com) will return to the Africa Tech Festival next week, convening a high-level fireside chat on advancing Africa’s digital infrastructure in partnership with DLA Piper. Featuring Google’s Managing Director for Africa Alex Okosi, Cassava Technologies President and Group Chief Executive Officer Hardy Pemhiwa, and DLA Piper's Partner Livia Dyer, the event will shed light on the evolving digital landscape in African markets and the opportunities and challenges it presents for investors. The fireside chat will provide a platform for the discussions around achieving inclusive connectivity across the continent, tackling digital infrastructure challenges, and raising awareness about issues of cybersecurity and digital proficiency across diverse populations....
Meet the 25 African startups supported by Google for Startups Black Founders Fund
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Meet the 25 African startups supported by Google for Startups Black Founders Fund

Google for Startups Black Founders Fund unveils its 2023 cohort of 25 African startups, showcasing the continent's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. Google for Startups Black Founders Fund unveils its 2023 cohort of 25 African startups, showcasing the continent's vibrant entrepreneurial spirit. Nigeria emerges as a tech powerhouse with 10 startups leading the way, followed by Kenya with 6 innovative companies. This pan-African cohort highlights collaboration and innovation, addressing challenges across sectors such as healthcare, fintech, logistics, and more. In an exciting showcase of Africa's entrepreneurial spirit, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund has unveiled its latest cohort of 25 African startups. This diverse group represents the innovation and poten...
AWS steps up AI rivalry with Google and Microsoft
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AWS steps up AI rivalry with Google and Microsoft

Artificial Intelligence Amazon’s cloud computing division this week released a suite of technologies aimed at helping other companies develop their own chatbots and image-generation services backed by artificial intelligence. Microsoft and Google are adding AI chatbots to consumer products like their search engines, but they are also eying another huge market: selling the underlying technology to other companies via their cloud operations. Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud computing provider, on Thursday, jumped into that race with a suite of its own proprietary AI technologies, but it is taking a different approach. AWS will offer a service called Bedrock that lets businesses customize what is called foundation models — the core AI technologies that do things lik...
Google commits $4M to startups in Africa in 2023
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Google commits $4M to startups in Africa in 2023

…Opens applications for third cohort of Black Founders Fund Search Engine giant, Google said it has so far, committed $4 million to support eligible black-founded start-ups this year alone. This is even as it opened applications for the third cohort of Black Founders Fund for Startup in Africa and Europe. Black founders fund is Google’s initiative to promoting job creation and wealth generation in the continent. The programme provides start-ups not only the funding, but also hands-on support, connections and resources to help founders build solutions that are relevant for the African economy. According to Google, “Start-ups operating and headquartered in Africa or having a legal presence on the continent are eligible to apply for the Black Founders Fund. “Other elig...
Google partners with Majorel in the opening of a new office in Accra
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Google partners with Majorel in the opening of a new office in Accra

Google has announced a partnership with Majorel, a global leader in customer service, to support the opening of a new Majorel office in Accra, which will provide specialised support for Google services. The project will scale to 100+ open roles within the year and is part of Google’s ongoing $1 billion investment in Africa over the next five years—a commitment announced by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai in October 2021. “We’re happy to partner with Majorel as they create job opportunities in Ghana and help promote economic growth in Africa. Ghana has an expanding and talented workforce that we’re excited to work with and learn from at Google.” Nitin Gajria, Managing Director for Google in Africa This partnership supports Google’s direct investment in Africa through jobs, infrast...
Australia Says ‘Inevitable’ Google, Others Have to Pay for News
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Australia Says ‘Inevitable’ Google, Others Have to Pay for News

(Bloomberg) -- Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said it’s “inevitable” that Google and other tech behemoths will have to eventually pay for using media content, responding to the internet giant’s threat to disable its search engine in the country if it’s forced to pay local publishers for news.© Bloomberg (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) The Google logo on the company's homepage, arranged on a desktop computer in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Google threatened to disable its search engine in Australia if it’s forced to pay local publishers for news, a dramatic escalation of a months-long standoff with the government. Google said Friday that a proposed law, intended to compensate publishers for the value their stories ...
Google-Fitbit takeover: EU launches full-scale probe
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Google-Fitbit takeover: EU launches full-scale probe

The European Commission will carry out a full-scale probe into Google's takeover of Fitbit. The announcement follows a preliminary review, and threatens to derail the purchase of the fitness-tracking firm. It comes despite Google's offer last month to not use Fitbit's health data for ad targeting. Google's parent company Alphabet agreed a $2.1bn (£1.6bn) takeover of the wearable tech firm last year. However, the deal has yet to be completed. "The commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google's market position in the online advertising markets by increasing the already vast amount of data that Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves and displays," the regulator said. The watchdog said its investigation should ...
Google is building a huge undersea fiber-optic cable to connect the U.S. to Britain and Spain
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Google is building a huge undersea fiber-optic cable to connect the U.S. to Britain and Spain

Google announced Tuesday it intends to set up a new undersea fiber-optic cable between the U.S., the U.K., and Spain as part of an effort to improve its services.  The cable — named Grace Hopper after the American computer programming pioneer — will provide "better resilience for the network that underpins Google's consumer and enterprise products," Google said. "Once commissioned, the Grace Hopper cable will be one of the first new cables to connect the U.S. and U.K. since 2003, increasing capacity on this busy global crossroads and powering Google services like Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud," said Bikash Koley, vice president of Google Global Network, in a blog post. "It also marks our first investment in a private subsea cable route to the U.K., and our first-ever route to...