Tech: Inside Facebook’s early efforts to attack TV (FB, NFLX, GOOG)

Facebook is judging its early Watch shows by the repeat viewers they draw, not their sheer number of views. The search for Watch’s first hit show continues.
Watch, Facebook’s three-month-old hub for original shows, has yet to produce any commercial hits.
The Facebook-funded shows that have been renewed for second seasons all share the same trend of initial spikes in viewership followed by steep declines.
Facebook is judging the success of shows largely based on the repeat viewers that come back to watch subsequent episodes, rather than the sheer number of views the shows garner.
Facebook is still on the hunt for hit shows and is green-lighting longer shows with bigger budgets, multiple Watch partners told Business Insider.

Morocco Regulator Bans Bitcoin Payments

Morocco’s currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled.
“Transactions via virtual currencies constitute a breach of regulations, punishable by penalties and fines,” the Offices des Changes said in a statement on its website.
The announcement came a week after Moroccan digital services company MTDS said it would accept payment in bitcoin.
MTDS said it was the first time the regulator had taken a clear position on bitcoin payments.
MTDS head Karl Stanzik said the company had dropped its proposal in order to “comply with Moroccan law” but that it would be “very difficult to control” bitcoin transactions due to the currency’s secretive nature.

Neymar’s Nocturnal Antics Not A Worry To PSG Coach

Neymar: Photo: AFPParis Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists he is not concerned about Neymar’s lifestyle after the Brazilian superstar was photographed at a Paris nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.
“Outside of his work, his football, he can enjoy himself with his friends,” Emery said on Tuesday, at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Celtic at the Parc des Princes.
“In training he is great. He is young, and he also needs to go out, but he is still responsible.”
Unai EmeryNeymar was pictured at a nightclub in the Paris suburbs attending a private concert held by the American rapper Tyga, according to a report in Le Parisien. Earlier he had played 90 minutes in PSG’s 4-1 win over Nantes.

Jobs weekly: Vacancies for Technical co-founders, Developers, Creative designer and more

Once again, we bring you a list of some available tech job vacancies. Apply for roles you are interested in as soon as you can. Technical Co-Founders at DoLessons Job type: Full time Location: Lagos Application deadline: December 31, 2017 Job summary DoLessons is seeking two Technical Co-founders to join her team in order to scale […]
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Buhari: President condemns Adamawa suicide bomb attack that killed over 50

The president condoled with families of the several victims as well as the people and government of the state. President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the bloody terrorist attack that has claimed the lives of over 50 victims in Adamawa state.In a terrorist attack, which police have reported to have been carried out by a teenage suicide bomber, on a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, over 50 lives were lost with many others injured.A press statement signed by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the attack as “very cruel and dastardly”.

Tech: How Facebook’s plan to attack TV is taking shape (FB, NFLX, GOOG)

Facebook is judging its early Watch shows by the repeat viewers they draw, not their sheer number of views. The search for Watch’s first hit show continues.
Watch, Facebook’s three-month-old hub for original shows, has yet to produce any commercial hits.
The Facebook-funded shows that have been renewed for second seasons all share the same trend of initial spikes in viewership followed by steep declines.
Facebook is judging the success of shows largely based on the repeat viewers that come back to watch subsequent episodes, rather than the sheer number of views the shows garner.
Facebook is still on the hunt for hit shows and is green-lighting longer shows with bigger budgets, multiple Watch partners told Business Insider.

Remy Martin: All star party to hit Lagos, Port Harcourt this December

Remy Martin All Star has always been big with past performances from stars such as Wizkid, Davido, Phyno, and more.
You don’t want to miss out on one of the biggest parties of the
year! Remy Martin All Star has always been big with past
performances from stars such as Wizkid, Davido, Phyno, Runtown,
BurnaBoy and many more. Lagos and Abuja experienced an awesome
night with amazing dancers presenting routines to hit songs by
famous pop stars as well as theatrical performances and Vegas
aerialists’ in breathtaking performances. It’s no surprise that
attendees described the Remy Martin All Star party in June as EPIC!
Sounds from DJs Jimmy Jatt, Baggio, Neptune, Yosir, Kenny and DJ
moma (USA) kept everyone on a musical high the entire evening.

Shell: Bio-bean and coffee-drinkers collaborate to help power London’s buses

This latest Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell’s #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world. Shell and bio-bean are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds, a development that has triggered renewed challenge to Nigerian beneficiaries of Shell’s LiveWIRE programme to join in the innovative search for bright energy ideas.This latest Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell’s #makethefuture energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world.Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr.

Tech: ‘CBS This Morning’ hosts condemned Charlie Rose’s alleged sexual misconduct on air: ‘This...

Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who usually co-host with Rose, addressed the accusations during the show.
Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, according to a report in The Washington Post published on Monday.
“CBS This Morning” co-hosts, who worked with Rose on the show, addressed the accusations on the Tuesday morning show.
Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell both felt deeply affected by the news, and were grappling with it, they said.
O’Donnell said, “This has to end.”
On Monday, The Washington Post reported on allegations of sexual misconduct against news anchor Charlie Rose made by eight women (Business Insider followed up with stories from three additional women). The accusations ranged from nudity, to inappropriate phone calls, to groping.

Ara: Famous female “Gangan” drummer to build N600m drum academy

Ara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the project was expected to commence in January, 2018. Famous cultural musician and player of talking drum called “Gangan”,. Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly known as “Ara’’ has expressed her readiness to build a drum academy meant to groom talented youths and individuals across the globe and also to promote creativity.Ara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the project was expected to commence in January, 2018.She said that her purpose of initiating such project was to expose talented youths in African drumming and other cultural heritage for them to be able to compete with their peers from outside the country. The renowned drummer said that foreigners could learn about the African culture and style from the academy.

Alex Ekwueme: Mourners troop former VP’s residence, Enugu, for condolences

The register is being signed by many people from all walks of life, including academia, politicians, businessmen and journalists within Enugu… No fewer than 90 people have so far signed condolence register opened for the late former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, in his Enugu residence on Tuesday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the register was opened at about 2.30 p.m. on Monday, after the family confirmed the death of Ekwueme (85) in the wee hours of the same day.A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited late Ekwueme’s residence at number 11/13 Ezikwo Street, Independent Layout, Enugu on Tuesday, observed that mourners were seen trooping in to the deceased’s house.

PHCN: Reps to investigate alleged sale of assets

The lawmaker pointed out that there were widespread claims of irregularities and improper advertisement on national dailies and journals. The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate alleged fraudulent sale of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) none-core assets and scraps.This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Rita Orji (Lagos-PDP).Moving the motion, Orji explained that auctioning of PHCN cargoes, scraps and obsolete items by Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Ltd (NELMCO) worth over N20 billion was recently carried out.She said that over N1.5 billion was claimed to have been realised from the sales.The lawmaker pointed out that there were widespread claims of irregularities and improper advertisement on national dailies and journals.

‘Our Cattle Are Dying!’ Fulani Youths Protest Anti-Grazing Law

A group of Fulani youths called Jonde Jam Fulani Youth Association of Nigeria (JAFUYAN) have kicked against the anti-open grazing law passed by Benue and Taraba State governments.
The group also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governors of the two states,  Samuel Ortom and Darius Ishaku to order.
The group in a statement by its National President, Saidu Maikano on Tuesday said the law, if not suspended immediately, could puncture peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
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Maikano also raised the alarm that the cattle belonging to his members are dying of hunger because they can’t go grazing in the areas where grazing is banned, as a result of fear of unknown attackers.

Burna Boy: Singer doesn’t need a police case, the music is all that should...

Over the past weekend, a conversation on social media about the place of Burna Boy in Nigerian music erupted. Many believe that the fusion artist was terribly underrated by fans in Nigeria, and deserves some more.The argument for this was solid. This was a guy with a string of achievements in his career, including recording with Drake, touring packed venues across the world, and more recently, being the only guest artist on Fall Out Boy’s tenth studio album. Musically, Burna Boy possesses one of the most unique sound formation, with an artistry that is neither limited nor hindered. An artist with his quality and range of music talent should be competing in recognition and success with Wizkid and Davido. The man has enough quality to have that. He is that good.

Sharapova named in India housing project probe

 
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.
The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded.
“We have registered a case of cheating on directions from the court,” local police officer Arvind Sharma told AFP.
He said Sharapova and the firm behind the development, Homestead Infrastructure Development, were named in the case.
The 30-year-old tennis star travelled to India in 2012 to launch the luxury high-rise apartment complex – later named Ballet by Sharapova – which prospective buyers were told would house a tennis academy, a clubhouse and a helipad.