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Top Stories: Former Executives of Twitter (Now 𝕏) Sue Elon Musk For $128 Million
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Top Stories: Former Executives of Twitter (Now 𝕏) Sue Elon Musk For $128 Million

The top stories we are following today, March 5, 2024, include the lawsuit against Musk, India's introduction of Chakshu, Amazon's billion-dollar investment in Saudi, Anthropics' latest AI iteration and other tech industry happenings.

by Henry Chikwem David Adubiina
  • India Introduces Chakshu to Combat Fraudulent Calls and Messages
  • Amazon's AWS to Invest $5.3 Billion in Saudi Arabia's Data Centers
  • Vodafone Egypt Set to Resolve Call and Internet Connectivity Challenges
  • X's (Twitter) Former Executives Sues Elon Musk
  • Anthropic Unveils Claude 3, its GPT-4 Rival
  • Apple Faces Potential Lawsuit Over iCloud Monopoly

India Introduces Chakshu to Combat Fraudulent Calls and Messages

Following the constant menace of financial fraud, spam, and cybercrimes in India, the Indian government has decided to introduce Chakshu, which allows its citizens to report strange calls and messages.

The Chakshu app has been made available on the Sanchar Sathi portal of the Department of Telecommunications. This serves as a relief for many internet users in India who, in the past, were victims of criminals who engaged in extortion, bank theft, sextortion, and impersonation.

In 2023, the Indian government registered over 18,000 cases of cyber fraud. They advise victims to report these crimes to the cybercrime helpline number 1930 or the official website to mitigate them.


Amazon’s AWS to Invest $5.3 Billion in Saudi Arabia's Data Centers

In a recent development, Amazon's cloud subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has agreed to invest $5.3 billion in Saudi Arabia's data centers.

This move will grant developers, startups, entrepreneurs, healthcare, and other industries better options to run their operations at much higher and faster speeds.

It would also enable end users to store their workloads and content faster on the cloud platform and with much better security.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is on course to hit a valuation of $3 trillion, is committed to developing digital skills in Saudi Arabia and equipping its workforce with innovative cloud training programs that would qualify them to pursue in-demand cloud jobs.


Vodafone Egypt Set to Resolve Call and Internet Connectivity Challenges

One of the most popular mobile operators in Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, recently encountered technical issues with its network that caused call and internet connectivity problems nationwide.

The telecommunications company, which has over 40 million customers in Egypt, has come under heavy backlash from millions of affected users on the X platform.

Following the series of tweets, Vodafone Egypt responded by stating that it is currently facing network difficulties and is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.


𝕏's (now Twitter) Former Executives Sue Elon Musk

Twitter's takeover by Elon Musk keeps getting messier, as four former top execs, including ex-CEO Parag Agrawal, hit Musk with a lawsuit for a whopping $128 million.

The executives allege they were unjustly terminated following Musk's $44 Billion acquisition and claim Musk has refused to pay them the severance owed to them. The suit also mentions Musk's possible grudge against these execs who pressured him to complete the Twitter purchase after he initially tried to back out.  Seems things got personal.

This legal battle adds to Musk's growing list of legal woes following his acquisition past. Other employees are also waiting for their severance, and reports of eviction notices due to unpaid rent further paint a bad picture of X's reputation.


Anthropic Unveils Claude 3, its GPT-4 Rival

Remember those "thinking machines" from sci-fi movies? Well, Anthropic's AI, Claude 3, might have just taken a step closer. The AI startup has released the latest iteration of its large language model, Claude 3, which it claims is more powerful than OpenAI's GPT-4.

This model, released as a family of three AI models—Opus, Sonnet, and Haiku—marks a significant leap for the company. Opus, the flagship model, is now accessible through Anthropic's API and Claude Pro subscription, while Sonnet, its intermediate model, powers its web chatbot. Meanwhile, the smallest model, Haiku, awaits its debut.

Despite boasting an impressive 86.8% accuracy according to Anthropic's benchmark tests, ahead of GPT-4's 86.4% and Gemini Ultra's 83.7%, Claude 3 remains single-modal, lacking the ability to generate images or handle audio and video inputs.


Apple Faces Potential Lawsuit Over iCloud Monopoly

Apple's grip on iPhone data might be getting squeezed. Accusations of iCloud monopoly are back, and this time it could lead to a lawsuit. According to Bloomberg, plaintiffs in a proposed class action lawsuit claim Apple is “rigging the competitive playing field” through its iCloud practices. The suit argues that the tech giant has a monopoly, dominating the market by 70%. App developers have complained for years about restrictions that prevent them from offering their cloud storage options within iPhone apps. These complaints have caught the attention of antitrust authorities worldwide, prompting closer scrutiny of Apple's practices. This development could mark a significant shift in the landscape of iPhone data management, offering users more freedom and choice.

– Editing by Emmanuel Oyedeji and Loy Okezie


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by Henry Chikwem David Adubiina

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