Tuesday, 26 April 2022


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The work that goes into a piece of investigative report can be tedious, and sometimes take months in the making. In a new interview, David Hundeyin is inviting readers into the process of putting together his reports.

Many times, when the profile of a journalist rise to the level that Hundeyin's has, it becomes easier to, for a second, forget that one is reporting a story and become the story. Hundeyin insists he isn't in the game for fame...as it should be.

Below are the tech stories and news you need to know to start your day, carefully curated by Technext.

Summary of the news

  • "I feel I have a responsibility to do it" - David Hundeyin, in a new interview, takes readers behind the scenes on how he conducts his investigative journalism
  • Google has filed a trademark for the 'Pixel Watch' name, raising rumours that the tech giant is working on a smartwatch
  • E.U. has made a new landmark law that aims to further stifle the reach of social media companies
  • A scammy app that bypassed Apple's security and was snuck into the App Store, forced users into subscriptions they didn't want

Why I decided to investigate Flutterwave dealings – David Hundeyin

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In a new interview with Nairametrics, David Hundeyin takes readers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking investigative journalism work he has done about the Nigerian tech space.

Hundeyin, who started the newsletter, West African Weekly, told the financial website that he didn't dabble in investigative journalism for the fame.

"It is funny when people say I am doing journalism for fame," he said. "I had the fame. I was already pretty well known and honestly if someone is looking for fame in Nigeria, there are far easier ways to do it; I wasn’t going to create all of these enemies for myself all in the name of fame."

On his investigation of workplace improprieties at Flutterwave he said;

I initially thought it was a story about sexual harassment or bullying. Those things are bad but if you do a story about a business doing those things, people may not really see it as a big deal. It was when I got information about the company indulging in fraud that I decided to jump on it. Because this is very useful information from an investment point of view and from the point of view of the wider Nigerian economy.

Google files trademark for ‘Pixel Watch’ ahead of device’s launch

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With the launch of the first Made by Google smartwatch seemingly around the corner, the device now has a more definite name thanks to a new trademark for “Pixel Watch,” 9t05Google reports.

There have been rumours of Google intending to launch a first-party Wear OS-powered smartwatch for quite a few years now, with the most recent rumour cycle suggesting that one may finally be on the brink of release.

We’ve even already seen renders, as well as watch, faces for this device, which has up to this point not had an official name. Even the most recent leaks refer to Google’s smartwatch as “Pixel Rohan,” with “Rohan” being the company’s internal codename.

While it’s been almost a certainty that Google would call their first-party Wear OS device the Pixel Watch, we’ve not had any confirmation up to this point of that being the case — until last weekend.

E.U. takes aim at social media’s harms with landmark new law

The European Union reached a deal on Saturday on landmark legislation that would force Facebook, YouTube and other internet services to combat misinformation, disclose how their services amplify divisive content and stop targeting online ads based on a person’s ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, the New York Times reports.

The law, called the Digital Services Act, is intended to address social media’s societal harms by requiring companies to more aggressively police their platforms for illicit content or risk billions of dollars in fines. Tech companies would be compelled to set up new policies and procedures to remove flagged hate speech, terrorist propaganda and other material defined as illegal by countries within the European Union.

The law aims to end an era of self-regulation in which tech companies set their own policies about what content could stay up or be taken down. It stands out from other regulatory attempts by addressing online speech, an area that is largely off limits in the United States because of First Amendment protections. Google, which owns YouTube, and Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, would face yearly audits for “systemic risks” linked to their businesses, while Amazon would confront new rules to stop the sale of illegal products.

Developer snuck apps past Apple that forced users into subscriptions

With so many apps in Apple's App Store nowadays, you need to get creative in order to make a living.

One sneaky app developer discovered a unique way to do just that: by scamming users who downloaded free Mac apps that wouldn't close unless the user signed up for an unwanted paid subscription, Mashable reports.

The app, "My Metronome - Tempo Keeper," was called out as a scam earlier this month by Kosta Eleftheriou, an app developer who also tracks App Store-related scams. It was advertised as a free metronome app for musicians, but users would soon learn that there was no free version or even limited trial. Instead, it immediately tried to force users into a monthly $9.99 in-app subscription.

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