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  • Clear Junction, a London-based global fintech company that offers end-to-end regulated payment solutions based on in-house technology, has signed an agreement establishing a partnership with Zeepay, a leading African fintech company. The partnership would allow Clear Junction to offer correspondent accounts for collecting payments in the European Union and the UK that will enable Zeepay’s p2p remittance service for Ghanaians living in Europe, allowing them to send money to their families in the homeland.
  • Telecommunications operators have expressed their readiness to work with both arms of the National Assembly on the fifth-generation technology deployment in Nigeria.
  • Italian telecom service Sparkle announced the inauguration of a Point of Presence (PoP) in Casablanca, the company announced in a press release. Sparkle’s PoP is located at the Orange Maroc open data centre and will help multinational enterprises seeking to expand their activities in Morocco.
  • Uber lost a staggering $2.9 billion in the first three months of this year, the company reported Thursday. While it may be difficult to gauge the impact of the pandemic on its overall business until next quarter, the company posted revenue of $3.5 billion in the first three months of the year, a 14% increase from a year earlier.
  • Singapore deploys robot ‘dog’ to encourage social distancing. On Friday, the government announced it would start deploying Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous yellow and black canine robot, at one local park.
  • Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle with viral Pandemic conspiracy video. The companies are grappling with stopping the spread of a 26-minute video that includes coronavirus conspiracy theories.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to launch an app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus, and is considering a Bluetooth-based contact tracing feature too, an official told Reuters on Friday. The app will ask people about their symptoms and offer guidance on whether they may have COVID-19, the potentially lethal illness caused by the coronavirus, said Bernardo Mariano, chief information officer for the WHO. Other information, such as how to get tested, will be personalized according to the user’s country.
  • Google has extended its work-from-home policy for the remainder of 2020. After previously telling employees that they would be working remotely until June 1st, CEO Sundar Pichai has told employees that they’ll likely work from home until the end of the year.
  • Facebook’s redesigned desktop site is now available globally, the company announced on Friday. Prior to this change, the new version of Facebook was available only if you opted into it starting in March and only in some markets, although the company said at the time that a majority of people would get access that month.