MEGAN THEE STALLION rakes in $1.2 Million in 24hrs After Launch Of New Fashion Line

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Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B have more in common than ‘WAP’ … they can now both boast massively successful clothing lines with Fashion Nova.

Meg’s new 106-piece collection — which goes heavy on the denim — raked in $1.2 million in sales in the first 24 hours … according to sources connected to the retail company.

This is slightly more than Cardi hauled in with her Spring 2019 collection, but we’re told it’s because Fashion Nova anticipated high demand after Cardi’s styles sold out so quickly … so it had more product on hand for Meg’s line.

MTS announced the launch of her collection — which she says is for “all the hotties out there” and fits bodies of all shapes and sizes — with a series of fire photos of herself and other women modeling the various styles of jeans available.

Along with premium denim, Meg’s collection includes luxe corset bodysuits and tops with matching dresses and plush outerwear … with prices of the items ranging from $24.99 to $199.99.

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LEBRON JAMES Invests In Tequila Company

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LeBron James is taking a page out of Michael Jordan‘s book … by investing a huge chunk of change in a new tequila company!!!

King James — who’s always been outspoken about his love for wine — is switching gears and joining forces with Lobos 1707, which launched Wednesday.

Bron revealed his decision to get involved in an interview with WSJ Magazine … saying he tried the product on vacation in Italy and instantly fell in love.

“If it’s organic to who I am or what I’m doing, then it’s a lot easier for me to be a part of something,” LeBron said.

“I was in a perfect place in my life. Me and my friends were trying different tequilas. I actually bought a place with Maverick Carter in Cabo a few years ago. There’s obviously a big tequila heritage there.”

The move adds to Bron’s growing list of business ventures — including Blaze Pizza, SpringHill Entertainment and more.

The Lobos tequila will run from $45-$150 depending on which bottle you get — Lobos 1707 Tequila, Joven; Lobos 1707 Tequila, Reposado; Lobos 1707 Tequila, Extra Añejo; and Lobos 1707 Mezcal Artesanal.

Of course, MJ recently got involved in the booze biz as well … launching the Cincoro tequila brand with Jeanie Buss and Wes Edens.

James could barely contain his excitement on Twitter, saying, “We live!!! We’re excited to have all of you, your family, and friends around the table. And if we run out of room… we’ll just build a bigger table!”

FYNDHOUSE: The Zillow of Africa

For the last 10 years, Africa has seen a rise in tech startups most prominently in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, to mention a few. This has been as a result of the massive inflow of mobile devices and the keen interest by the continent’s inhabitants in them.

To be fair, technology is turning out to be the best thing to happen to Africa in the recent years. With the introduction of mobile money, fintech, online banking, on demand transport and social network services, the continent has seen massive growth and has been propelled to a height that was not anticipated soon. With all this efficiency and services already running Africa, the train does not seem to stop moving as more and more startups and well established companies are delving into the bubble and creating applications to help grow the continent.

Fyndhouse, a subsidiary of the Zambian software company Achi Software is directing their resources in the housing industry. It has been intertwiningly compared to the American property listing company Zillow. It is clear that there is a gab and a need for a place or platform that offers an ease in finding property in Africa. Fyndhouse is that platform. Its services include; advertising space for people that want to list their property and free viewing for people that want to buy or rent property.

Fyndhouse has been running for 2 years (since 2018) and is currently active in two countries, Zambia and Namibia. One would say with the introduction of Fyndhouse in the African tech boom, the puzzle is complete as every sector is now catered for. What is left now is to strengthen the structure and build the continent digitally.

This is definitely a good sign. it’s great for Africa! It’s great for the world!

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Apple and Google accelerate coronavirus contact tracing apps plan

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Apple and Google have tightened privacy measures in the contact-tracing scheme they are offering to health authorities and brought forward its launch.

The tech giants now intend to release a software building block to developers on Tuesday, allowing them to build compatible apps. A fortnight ago, the firms said it would take until mid-May.

Apple’s version will require an updated version of its mobile operating system.

Some countries, however, would prefer the firms to be less prescriptive.

France and Germany have confirmed they are pursuing designs of their own, and are pressing Apple to let them have greater access to the iPhone’s capabilities without having to adopt the initiative.

In a blog published earlier, NHSX, the digital wing of the NHS, confirmed it was “working with Apple and Google” on its UK contact tracing app, but stopped short of committing itself to the companies’ framework.

Virus alerts

Contact-tracing apps are based on the principle that people’s smartphones can be used to log when two people are in close enough proximity for long enough that there’s a high risk of contagion if one of them has the coronavirus.

If one of the phone-owners is subsequently diagnosed as having caught the virus, others they might have infected can be sent alerts advising them to get tested or go into self-isolation.

By combining the use of such apps with other measures – including manual contact tracing by humans and frequent handwashing – the hope is that the spread of the disease can be slowed or suppressed.

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Apple and Google’s system is based on the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) beacons. Effectively, the two handsets wirelessly “shake hands” with each other, and in doing so exchange a string of randomly-generated numbers that can be used to log matches without revealing the users’ names, location or other identifying information.

Representatives from the team responsible said they had listened to feedback received from health authorities, governments and data protection watchdogs, and made changes to both increase security and to make it easier for apps to be built using the API (application programming interface) building block they are providing.

These changes include:

  • giving information about different devices’ Bluetooth power levels, to help developers better estimate how far two handsets are from each other
  • letting developers decide for themselves how close together phones should be and for how long to trigger a handshake
  • preventing the phones from logging any meeting as having lasted longer than 30 minutes
  • encrypting data about the transmission power of the phones, to prevent anyone retrospectively using the logs to reveal what models had been involved
  • changing to a different encryption algorithm – AES – to reduce the toll on battery life

Apple will require users to install a new version of iOS 13 to use the API. That means any handset older than the iPhone 6S – which was released in September 2015 – will be incompatible.

Any Android device running version 6 of Google’s operating system, which launched in October 2015, or higher will work without needing an update.

Background Bluetooth

Apple and Google’s system has been described as “decentralised” as the contact-matching takes place on the users’ devices, preventing the authorities being able to see who got an alert unless a user decides to disclose the fact – for example to request a diagnostic test.

But some countries are pursuing “centralised” designs. This would give them more insight into the number of alerts being sent out and potentially the ability to re-identify users, meaning they would not truly be anonymous.

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However, these nations face a problem with the iPhone versions of their software. Apple places restrictions on third-party apps’ use of Bluetooth, which it is only dropping if the authorities adopt its scheme.

“Bluetooth is heavily restricted on iOS when the app is in the background,” explained Quentin Zervaas, a developer who is building a Google-Apple compliant app.

“It can be used to occasionally broadcast or receive data while backgrounded, but there are no guarantees how frequently this would be, and the app would be competing against any other apps on your phone trying to use Bluetooth.

“So for contact tracing it can’t constantly send or receive the necessary data necessary to effectively keep track of every device you come into contact with.

“[This] is why I think all the contact tracing apps should be using the system level tools Apple and Google are rolling out.”

Apple and Google declined to discuss the implications of countries that opt to go it alone.

Source: BBC

China ZTE executive quits amid sex assault allegations

China responds to United States' report against ZTE and Huawei ...

An executive at Chinese tech giant ZTE has resigned following reports that he is under investigation for sexual assault.

The company announced that Bao Yuming, also known as Robert Y Bao, had stepped down from its board.

The firm, which makes telecoms equipment, said in a stock exchange filing that it was “concerned” by the media reports.

Mr Bao, a lawyer, has not yet commented on the allegations.

He has also been dismissed from positions at an oil company and a university.

Dismissed from other posts

According to the Chinese newspaper Global Times, police in the city of Yantai, in Shandong province, investigated a complaint against Mr Bao in April 2019 and concluded that his behaviour had not constituted a crime.

However, a fresh complaint was made against him in October and police have launched another investigation, the paper said.

In a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on Friday, ZTE said that it had received the resignation letter of Mr Bao – a non-executive board member – and that he would no longer hold any position at the company.

In a separate stock exchange filing, the Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group said Mr Bao had been fired from his role as vice-president.

Also on Friday, the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, in Chongqing, said Mr Bao had been dismissed from his post as a part-time researcher.

Mr Bao has been at ZTE since mid-2018, according to the Global Times. In its 2018 annual report, ZTE described Mr Bao as “one of the top 10 chief legal officers in the country”.

Source: BBC

Covid-19: Apple and Google team up for Covid-19 tracing

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Apple and Google are jointly developing technology to alert people if they have recently come into contact with others found to be infected with coronavirus.

They hope to initially help third-party contact-tracing apps run efficiently.

But ultimately, they aim to do away with the need to download dedicated apps, to encourage the practice.

The two companies believe their approach – designed to keep users, whose participation would be voluntary, anonymous – addresses privacy concerns.

Their contact-tracing method would work by using a smartphone’s Bluetooth signals to determine to whom the owner had recently been in proximity for long enough to have established contagion a risk.

If one of those people later tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, a warning would be sent to the original handset owner.

No GPS location data or personal information would be recorded.

“Privacy, transparency and consent are of utmost importance in this effort and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders,” Apple and Google said in a joint statement.

“We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyse.”

President Trump said his administration needed time to consider the development.

“It’s very interesting, but a lot of people worry about it in terms of a person’s freedom,” he said during a White House press conference.

“We’re going to take… a very strong long at it, and we’ll let you know pretty soon.”

The European Union’s Data Protection Supervisor sounded more positive, saying: “The initiative will require further assessment, however, after a quick look it seems to tick the right boxes as regards user choice, data protection by design and pan-European interoperability.”

But others have noted that the success of the venture may depend on getting enough people tested.

Contact tracing graphic

Apple is the developer of iOS. Google is the company behind Android. The two operating systems power the vast majority of smartphones in use.

Some countries – including Singapore, Israel, South Korea and Poland – are already using people’s handsets to issue coronavirus contagion alerts.

Other health authorities – including the UK, France and Germany – are working on initiatives of their own. And some municipal governments in the US are reportedly about to adopt a third-party app.

The two technology giants aim to bring coherence to all this by allowing existing third-party apps to be retrofitted to include their solution.

This would make the apps interoperable, so contact tracing would continue to work as people travelled overseas and came into contact with people using a different tool.

Apple and Google have been working on the effort for about two weeks but have not externally revealed their plans until Friday.

If successful, the scheme could help countries relax lockdowns and border restrictions.

Phone-based matches

The companies aim to release a software building-block – known as an API (application programming interface) – by mid-May.

This would allow others’ apps to run on the same basis.

Source: BBC

Zambia: How Government got IBA to cancel Prime TV’s license

Government Closes Prime TV

It’s no surprise that Zambia’s top private TV station is closed. Prime TV is famous for calling out the evident corruption of the country’s leaders, airing news that the State run Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) deliberately doesn’t air and advocating for freedom of speech.

The Zambian government from almost inception has tried to close Prime TV especially that it comes out as an opposition run channel. If their own opposition channels are raking in more ratings than their State owned channel, they might as well want to play nice, jump on the band wagon and replicate what their competitors are doing. In short, win the people’s hearts.

So, despite failing at several attempts to close Prime TV, they kept at it and finally managed, but how did they do it?

Before we continue, we are basing our allegations off carefully scanned findings. WE STAND TO BE CORRECTED.

The world has been hit with a deadly pandemic (Covid-19) which is as experts predict, “only in its first wave”. This pandemic clearly is not discriminating as over 150 countries have been affected and people are dying in numbers by the second. Zambia is one of the countries affected. As it stands, it’s had ’39’ confirmed cases with only ‘1’ death and ‘3’ recoveries. We repeat! ’39’ confirmed cases with only ‘1’ death and ‘3’ recoveries. SMH.

Anyway, when Zambia first got hit, The government were on their toes pushing for the public to take precautions and help frustrate the Virus. It was mandatory. They did the same with companies. companies were told to sanitize their employees and clients as they entered the premises and encouraged a 2 meter distance between people. In the case of media companies, government ordered that their stations have Corona Virus airtime. Meaning constant sensitization. The catch though was that the airtime was to be paid for by the media companies themselves. I guess you could call that ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. PRIME TV blatantly refused! As a result, Government immediately imposed sanctions on the TV station which led to the Prime TV management including company owner Gerald Shawa publicly apologizing and promising to work hand in hand with the government.

However, it seemed Government took that blow really seriously. The tension at the PRIME TV offices was strong as no one was sure what to do, what to report, whether to go on and sensitize. It looked like something was going on. Then to everybody’s expectation, word leaked that Zambia’s tax revenue agency the Zambian Revenue Authority would visit PRIME TV for Taxes Compliance Inspections. Would you call that bad timing or the right timing?

One week later (Today) PRIME TV is closed. This has probably been building up and finally they found their in.

This is what we think could be the reason for the closure. Tell us what you think.

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WeWork sues SoftBank after withdrawal of $3bn deal

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WeWork has taken its biggest investor to court after the collapse of a key part of a multi-billion-dollar rescue deal for the troubled co-working firm.

In a lawsuit, WeWork accused SoftBank of putting “its own interests” first when it abandoned a plan to buy up to $3bn of shares from other investors.

SoftBank said last week it would not move forward with the share purchases.

The Japanese firm cited investigations into the US start-up and the impact of coronavirus.

Softbank also said it had failed to restructure its business in China, one of the conditions of the rescue deal.

A WeWork special committee, created last year to negotiate the rescue, on Tuesday accused Softbank of deliberately blocking the restructuring.

It said the Japanese investment giant’s decision was a “clear breach” of its contractual obligations and called on SoftBank to complete the tender offer or pay alternative compensatory damages.

“The Special Committee regrets the fact that SoftBank continues to put its own interests ahead of those of WeWork’s minority stockholders,” it said in its announcement of the lawsuit, filed in Chancery Court in Delaware.

WeWork last year accepted a rescue deal from SoftBank, at the time the firm’s biggest backer, which provided more than $5bn in financing and a pledge to purchase up to $3bn in shares from other investors.

It came after the collapse of WeWork’s flotation plans amid questions about the firm’s financial health.

However, the deal was criticised as too generous to ousted WeWork chief executive Adam Neumann, while SoftBank has also faced increased scrutiny over the chequered record of investments such as WeWork.

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Warren Buffett is getting with the times at the ripe age of 89 — FINALLY buying himself a nifty smartphone … but still using it like the flip phone he’s left behind.

The billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO was chatting with CNBC Monday, talking about Apple and how great of a company it’s turned out to be … speculating about its stock value and that sorta thing. During the convo, he dropped a bombshell … new phone, who dis?

Yep, ol’ Warren says he’s caved at last and purchased himself the latest edition of Apple’s iPhone, which has apparently become his go-to mobile device. RIP to his notorious $20 Samsung flip phone, which he’d been using for at least the past several years.

Warren had some pretty good things to say about his new celly — which he affectionately seems to think is called the one and only “Smartphone.” Anyway, the guy says iPhones have permeated just about everyone’s lives in modern society … and are revolutionary.

He even likens it to when the original telephone was created way back when, explaining the iPhone has had that same sorta cultural impact … perhaps even more so.

As for how he uses his cool new gadget, Warren says he’s still basic AF … just utilizing the lone the phone call function. Nice … never change, WB!!!