Uber Battles Locals for Future of African Taxis

NAIROBI, Kenya—In the traffic-clogged, potholed streets of Kenya’s capital city, there is a battle waging for the future of the African taxi ride that is pitting local startups eager to become the “Uber of Kenya” against, well, Uber. The winner will help answer a question dogging those who work in technology in the developing world: whether chaotic, impoverished cities like Nairobi will create the tools that bring the “bottom...

Can You Guess What Africans Like to Tweet About Most?

The most discussed topic by Africans on Twitter? Soccer, according to an analysis of African tweets by a British media consultancy. Portland Communications Ltd. monitored tweets across the 20 biggest cities in Africa for the last three months of 2013. The five most active tweeting cities were all in South Africa and Egypt, with Johannesburg leading the group with 344,215 tweets during the period. This was the second Twitter snapshot by Portland. In 2012, the company looked at overall tweet vo

Using Free Wi-Fi to Connect Africa's Unconnected

NAIROBI, Kenya—As young pitchmen shout to potential passengers over blaring music, a graffiti-covered private minibus fills up more quickly than the other dozen in the scrum. It has free Wi-Fi. The specially outfitted matatu, as the minibuses are known in Swahili, is part of an experiment by Safaricom Ltd. to connect Africa's unconnected, offering a glimpse of what it takes to bring some of the world's most price-sensitive users online.
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Afghans Turn To The Twitterverse For Election

KABUL (AP) – Afghans turned to the Twitterverse to share news of Taliban intimidation at the polls and voter turnout in the presidential election, even as the country was just trying to keep electricity running and attacks at bay. The memory of neighboring Iran's media crackdown during that country's vote is still fresh here, and orders from the Afghan government on the eve of the election to censor reports of violence during Thursday's voting suggested news on the ground could be thin.