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Ambazonia, Biya’s Intolerance And Internet Democracy

A Biafra-like agitation for independence has been unfolding in neighbouring Republic of Cameroon since November 2016. The people of Northern and Southern Cameroons under the umbrella of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front (SCACUF) finally decided to affirm the independence of the English-speaking sections of Cameroon from the Republic. Like the Indigenous People of Biafra, the Ambazonians as they have called themselves since 1984, are protesting against their alleged marginalization by the dominant…

Snapchat Rules Out Selling Shares After Stocks Tumble

Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel said on Thursday neither he nor co-founder Bobby Murphy would sell shares of the Snapchat parent this year, but that failed to soothe investors after quarterly results fell short of analyst expectations. Shares of the Los Angeles company slumped nearly 17 percent in extended trading. A lock-up period preventing insiders from selling the shares, which since their March market debut have been pressured by investor concerns about user growth, expired at the end of July. "Given…

Instagram Stories Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Instagram Stories on Wednesday turned one-year and new features like birthday and celebration stickers were added to the photo-sharing app. With over 250 million daily users, the Facebook-owned company said Instagram Stories now boasts average usage of 32 minutes per day for users under 25, and 24 minutes per day for those 25 and up. “A year ago today we introduced stories to Instagram. With more than 250 million daily users, stories made Instagram a place for people to share all of their moments – the highlights and…

Telegram Introduces Disappearing Messages Feature

Telegram, popular for its encrypted messaging service has added self-destruct timer to images and videos that are shared on its platform. The latest feature, which is similar to that of Snapchat and Instagram, will see shared photos and videos disappear after a few seconds. How long it takes for the media to go away depends on how long you set the timer for, the company said in a blog post on Sunday. "If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent. After the time…