Kenya launches Africa’s first Open Data initiative
On 7 July, Kenya became the first African country to open it’s government social and development data online for the public. Kenya will make some government data available online on www.opendata.go.ke which runs on a platform called Socrata. The website allows users to view different data at national, county and constituency levels. Users can manipulate the views of the data in various ways and can even create maps from it. The data is made available in 6 categories: Education, Energy, Health, Population, Poverty and Water & Sanitation.
For Kenya, this development is clearly very important as such data can be used to creatively solve problems that the country faces. It puts the power to be creative with solutions in so many more hands. It will clearly also help leaders become more accountable to the Kenyans.
Google quarterly earnings up to US $9.03 billion
This week, Google made its second quarter earnings call. Google has set itself a new record by earning US $9.03 billion in the quarter ending 30 June 2011. Revenues went up 32% from the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $2.85 billion.
In addition to the regular call, new Google CEO, Larry Page, also shared the information on the Google social network Google Plus.
Google plus has some 10 million active users sharing 1 billion items daily
In addition to sharing Google quarterly earnings on Google+, Larry Page announced a milestone this week: Even though the social network is still open to invitees only, Google+ has so far registered 10 million active users who are sharing and receiving some 1 billion items a day.
Google’s social network is already making it’s mark as Facebook’s only serious challenge to date. Just how big that challenge is and if indeed it will take a large share of the social networking market from Facebook is surely not clear yet.
Windows as we know it is change completely
At a Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, a Microsoft executive said revealed the company will have just a “single ecosystem” for all devices: PCs, mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, TV. You can read about that on this link.