Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines

Daily Maverick: Huawei-Google clash is an opportunity for African search engines . “The stand-off between the US government and tech giant Huawei presents an opportunity for African developers to step up and seize a slice of a massive potential market in the search engine sector. But small players will not be able to do it alone and the opportunity will slip by if governments on the continent fail to make proactive interventions.”

Forbes: New ‘Geosocial Index’ Ranks Global Locations By Social Media Activity

Forbes: New ‘Geosocial Index’ Ranks Global Locations By Social Media Activity. “A new startup called HYP3R, which connects social activity to real-world locations, is monitoring and measuring tweets, shares, and posts from tens of thousands of locations in the U.S. and around the planet, starting with stadiums, hotels/conference centers, and hospitals.” And that’s it for the moment, but more venues will be added over time.

Snapchat Getting Rid of Local Stories

Snapchat is getting rid of local stories. Why is local news/anything on the Internet so awful? “With this move, it seems that Snapchat is opting for official deals for major events over localized content. Local stories were not as popular, an anonymous person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Indeed, their potential audience was limited to one city rather than Snapchat’s 150 million daily active users.” Ah, doesn’t scale, no big money.