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Twinpine @ 2, Retains Position as Leading Mobile Advert Network

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Twinpine Network has marked two years as Africa’s leading premium mobile ad network, serving hundreds of millions of highly targeted mobile ad impressions monthly.

Twinpine’s approach to mobile advertising on the continent has been pivotal in redefining the mobile ad experience for publishers, advertisers and consumers.

Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria, Twinpine has expanded in the past 12 months with offices in cities across three continents: Accra, Nairobi, Port Louis, London and Bangalore.

 This expansion has helped the company maximize returns on investment for advertisers, and strengthen relationships with its, mostly exclusive local and international publishers

According to Mubin Al-Haddad, Digital Account director at Ogilvy Africa: “Twinpine’s entry into the mobile advertising space has been nothing short of revolutionary in the Kenyan mobile advertising industry. Intelligent ad serving by the Twinpine Network team has led to a huge increase in brand awareness for our client: Airtel. The mobile games community, and soccer community: Airtel Live, have benefited immensely in popularity and participation as a result of the ads served across the Twinpine Network. On Twinpine’s 2nd anniversary, we are happy to be affiliated with such a strong and revolutionary company, and celebrate its achievements thus far.”

A critical factor for Twinpine’s success has been its focus on innovation alongside its localization efforts. This was recognized internationally with a 2012 Meffy’s Award nomination in the Growth and Innovation Category.

According to Oduntan Odubanjo, Twinpine’s co-founder: “We strive to deliver great returns for our clients and we work hand in hand with them to solve their problems. Our customer-facing approach and focus on value before profits has helped us come this far. This we do with creativity, technology, support and feedback.”

The company’s impressive portfolio of clients and agency partners continues to grow with new entrants on the network including Guaranty Trust Bank, HP & Airtel, to mention a few. Leading publishers on the Twinpine network include Punch, Vanguard, Guardian, the Daily Nation KE & Airpush.

“Twinpine consistently meets campaign targets and the team’s hands-on mode of operations is invaluable. Bytesize is excited to partner with Twinpine network in driving value for brands locally and internationally.” – Aramide Olowookere, at Bytesize, a digital communications agency based out of Lagos, Nigeria.

Crysty Swift, Business Manager at Praekelt in Accra adds: “Having worked closely with the team at Twinpine to raise awareness and drive customer registration for our clients, we are impressed with the results so far, and more importantly by the professionalism exhibited by the team in all our interactions. We look forward to running further mobile ad campaigns with Twinpine in the future.”

Elo Umeh, co-founder & CEO at Twinpine, reflects on Twinpine’s achievements thus far and the company’s plans for the future: ” In the past two years, we have focused significantly on investing in the mobile advertising ecosystem in Africa and this strategy has been a success. We currently work with the top publishers in the leading markets, the largest agencies and advertisers in our core markets and we are seeing a month-on-month growth in all our core indicators. The focus for the future is building on this very solid foundation.”

With a dominant presence in the mobile downloads, brand awareness, commerce and content markets, Twinpine seeks to extend its reach to the education, governance, gaming and payments sectors in the near future.


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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