iAfrikan Daily Brief - Sematime, Airbnb, Kenya Cyber Crime Bill And Twitter
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Sematime Publicly Shames Former Employee Nicholas Gikunda After He Leaves To Start His Own Business
When one of your best employees leaves your company, you can do one of two things - find someone to fill the gap or reach out to them and ask them to come back. Sematime CEO Boniface Githinji went for a third option, accusing the company's former Operations and Business Development lead, Nicholas Gikunda of malice and sabotage. It had emerged that Nicholas left and started Compho Africa which offers a similar service to Sematime. In 2015, things took a turn, Nicholas explains that Sematime underwent a crisis, where a number of employees either got fired or resigned. According to him, the company was undergoing financial challenges. Boniface claims he fired Nicholas. Micholas says he left of his own will. It is a mess which should’ve been handled internally but the CEO has since went public in attempt to sabotage his former employee.
Two Million Guests Will Spend New Year's Eve 2017 At An Airbnb
Likely their biggest night ever as far as bookings go, according to Airbnb New Year's Eve 2017 will see approximately two million people around the world celebrating the dawn of 2017 while staying in an Airbnb. As if the number alone isn't enough, it marks a nearly 100% growth as far as bookings go for the same night in an Airbnb on New Year’s Eve 2016, and an increase of 1,400 times since 2009. The projected two million guests for New Year's Eve 2017 will come from over two hundred countries and are traveling to nearly two hundred countries and territories globally. The top countries travelers are staying in are the United States, followed by France, Australia, Spain and Great Britain. The global median price of listings booked for New Year’s Eve reservations is $95 per night.
Kenya's Cyber Security And Protection Bill Has Been Withdrawn From Debate So It Can Go For Public Consultations
The Senate Committee on Information and Technology has withdrawn the Cyber Security and Protection Bill 2016 [PDF] to allow the public more time to give their views on the proposed law. The committee Chair, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, pointed out that there are loopholes in the proposed bill and as such, it cannot be passed as the public was not involved in the process. The committee had earlier published an advert in local newspapers inviting public participation for the Bill on 19 October 2016. This is in line with the Kenyan Constitution, which requires public participation before any Bill is taken to parliament for debate. Once enacted into law, the proposed Bill is expected to help law enforcement agencies cope with investigations and prosecutorial challenges posed by criminals’ devised new ways; also Computer aided forensic equipment will for the first time be used as evidence in courts of law.
Twitter Stock Falls 4% As Chief Technology Officer And Other Executives Leave The Company
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Twitter Inc’s Chief Technology Officer, Adam Messinger, tweeted that he will be leaving the company after working at Twitter for five years. Messinger is the latest in a string of high-profile executive departures from Twitter and comes a few weeks after the company’s Chief Operating Officer resigned. Messinger became the CTO in March 2013. Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, he was vice president of development at Oracle. Messinger’s announcement saw Twitter’s shares (TWTR) come under severe selling pressure from speculators and shor term traders, falling as much as 4.25% to a session low of $17.12. “We’re taking steps to streamline and flatten the organization by elevating our engineering, product and design functions, with each area now reporting directly to Jack,” Twitter said in a statement. “We believe these updates to our organizational structure will enable increased discipline in our product strategy and faster execution."