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Uganda approves WhatsApp tax

Ugandans who use the internet messaging service WhatsApp will be charged a daily tax of 200 shillings ($0.05; £0.04) after parliament approved a controversial new law on Wednesday. It comes into force on 1 July, and will also apply to…

In search of a paying ‘Mugu’

Ashia is three hours into his time at an Internet Cafe, south of Accra. It is 11:58 pm – in time for Curtis, the attendant, to change shift. Ashia dozes off his remaining energy; the snooze doesn’t produce enough reprieve but he attempts…

Sony takes control of EMI Music Publishing

Sony is buying a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing, giving it control over two million songs by artists from Queen and Carole King to Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams. The $2.3bn (£1.7bn) deal will make Sony the world's biggest…

GIFEC rolls out “Coding for Kids” project

The Chief Executive Officer for the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante, has emphasized the need for coding and programming in the life of children to make them grow into better adults.…

YouTube unveils new music streaming service

YouTube is launching a music streaming service, offering both videos and audio tracks, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube Music will combine millions of "official" tracks with the vast catalogue of…

Europe to press Zuckerberg over privacy

Facebook has confirmed its chief executive will meet leading members of the European Parliament to discuss privacy concerns in Brussels. The date of the meeting with Mark Zuckerberg has yet to be fixed but the president of the European…