iAfrikan Daily Brief - Uber Movement, Drone & Boeing Crash In Mozambique, Paga's Milestone, And RIP Yahoo
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Uber To Share Anonymised Trip Data On Its Movement Data Dashboard
Uber has launched a data dashboard called Uber Movement, which will share anonymised GPS data and traffic information collected from over two billion Uber trips with the aim of, among others, helping city planners identify trouble spots and keep the traffic flowing. The service is initially available in Washington, DC (USA), Manila (Philippines) and Sydney (Australia) but the company has said that they will be "gradually rolling out Movement to everyone" in the coming weeks. Although the data will be released publicly, no rider details will be shared. The data is taken from historical data collected through the app – routes taken, and how long it takes to travel between various areas in different cities.
A Drone Reportedly Collided With A Boeing In Mozambique
Credit: The Aviation Herald
A Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) Boeing 737-700 is reported to have collided with a drone as it was approaching Chingozi Airport in Mozambique's Tete Province from the country's capital, Maputo. LAM reports that as the Boeing 737 was about to land at Chingozi airport, the six onboard crew and eighty passengers heard a loud bang, which they initially thought was a bird crashing into the Boeing. Drones weighing as much as 10 kg are used for mining surveys in the Tete region, which has a number of mineral and coal mining operations. Not everyone is convinced that the damage on the Boeing was caused by a drone as some aviation enthusiasts are arguing that with the absence of drone debris, there is no evidence a drone was involved. Whether or not the damage to the LAM Boeing 737-700 was caused by a drone remains unclear, but it does highlight the importance of drone licensing, certification and regulation.
Nigeria's Paga Announce They Processed Over 9,5 Million Transactions In 2016
Credit: Tayo Oviosu
Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Nigeria’s Paga, announced that the mobile payment service had reached a significant milestone by processing over 9,5 million transactions in 2016 which were worth approximately $ 490 million (₦ 156 billion). “At Paga we have not yet achieved the vision for our offering in full but with where we are there are real benefits of using our service for a banked customer. On Paga you can send money to individuals, send money to bank accounts (instantly), pay for bills, buy airtime/data, receive remittances, and pay for goods or services online on other sites. Many of these things you can do with your bank’s online banking (thus the question).” -- Tayo Oviosu explained.
Yahoo Renames To Altaba As Marissa Mayer Steps Down
Credit: Flickr / Max Morse for TechCrunch
As Yahoo is in the process of finalizing the deal to sell its email, websites, mobile apps and advertising services to Verizon, it has announced that its chief executive officer, Marissa Mayer, will not be on the board of a company that emerges from the $4.83bn takeover deal by Verizon as she is set to step down from her role once the deal is finalized. Mayer is expected to remain with Yahoo's core business though. It is not clear exactly what her role will be in the new company that emerges. As part of the sale, Yahoo also announced a name change for the remaining company that holds a 15% stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, it will now be known as “Altbaba”.