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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

1. Tesla had a turbulent weekend after its CEO Elon Musk smoked weed while recording a podcast late on Thursday. The firm’s stock dived after his podcast appearance and after Tesla’s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, announced that he was leaving one month into the job.

2. Alibaba announced that its founder Jack Ma will be stepping down from the CEO role, and taking an executive chairman position. New CEO Daniel Zhang will take over in September 2019, according to CNBC.

3. Google removed a YouTube advert by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after authorities complained. The series of YouTube videos featured Navalny inviting Russians to join demonstrations on Sunday, ahead of a vote for regional governors.

4. Reddit’s CEO Steve Huffman has said it has been hard to hire engineers for the firm in recent years because its reputation was “in the dumps.” To solve the problem, Huffman said he began recruiting from more diverse places and the firm focused on ridding the site of abuse and harassment.

5. Artificial intelligence will widen the chasm that already separates the rich and the poor, a former Microsoft and Google executive has warned.

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6. Verizon’s ad and media chief Tim Armstrong is in talks to leave the firm, a year after the telco acquired Oath. Armstrong helped drive the acquisition, which sources say has been dysfunctional.

7. Citigroup has created at direct way to invest in cryptocurrencies without owning them. The structure, called a Digital Asset Receipt, would place cryptocurrencies within existing regulatory regimes and give big Wall Street investors like asset managers and hedge funds a less risky way of investing in the fledgling asset class.

8. WhatsApp is hugely popular in India, but there’s evidence to suggest that people’s reliance on the service for news is resulting in major problems. There have been several cases of fake rumours starting on WhatsApp accusing people of being child kidnappers, leading to lynch mobs.

9. Tesla CEO Elon Musk railed against fossil fuel during his podcast appearance on Thursday. He called human use of fossil fuels “the dumbest experiment in human history.”

10. Certain Mac apps have been found to steal and upload users’ browser history, according to 9to5Mac. Apps such as Dr. Unarchiver and Dr. Cleaner scanned for users’ Safari, Chrome, and Firefox histories, as well as their Google searches.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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