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Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Mon, Jul 16, 2018 – 5:50 AM Lagos WITH its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn’t look out of place among the start-ups on the other side of the world in Silicon Valley. But the NG-Hub office is in the suburb of Yaba – the heart of Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene ...

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Apple loses key sales executives as India strategy stumbles

Mon, Jul 16, 2018 – 5:50 AM Bengaluru APPLE Inc has lost a trio of pivotal executives in India in recent weeks as it struggles to boost iPhone sales in the world’s fastest-growing major smartphone market, people familiar with the matter said. Among the executives who have departed are its national sales and distribution chief, the head of its commercial ...

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Uber rival Gett said to mull sale of ride-share startup

Mon, Jul 16, 2018 – 5:50 AM Tel Aviv GETT Inc, the ride-hailing app that competes with Uber Technologies Inc, is weighing an exit from the United States, just over a year after spending US$ 200 million to enter the market. The Israeli tech company may sell Juno, the New York-based startup that it bought in April 2017, people familiar ...

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Growing your company: Why the North Star metric works

Seafarers once traversed the oceans with the North Star as a guide, determining their proper direction depending on their relationship to it in the night sky. Now in 2018, tech entrepreneurs are doing the same — in a manner of speaking. One of the most recent trends in the startup world is the North Star metric (NSM), so-named because it ...

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“Anything but Ultima Online”: Keeping the role-playing classic running

The new book Braving Britannia: Tales of Life, Love, and Adventure in Ultima Online collects 35 interviews with players, volunteers, and developers of the grandfather of massively multiplayer online PC games Ultima Online, exploring how their lives were shaped, changed, or altered by their experiences. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6, “The View from 10,000 Feet,” featuring an interview ...

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Are we living in ‘Westworld’? The rise of virtual influencers

Lil Miquela has 1.3 million Instagram followers. It figures. She is a beautiful model with a unique sense of style. But, she is fake. Literally unreal — a CGI “being.” This sounds a lot like the HBO series Westworld, in which guests interact with artificial people, scripted to act convincingly human. In the series, the lines between reality and fantasy ...

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