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vendredi, juillet 09, 2010

Quick hits : African football exiles, East African internet outage, Is Yahoo Dead?

"Football is one of the most visible signs of Africa’s skills exodus: the very best African players are quickly snapped up to play for European leagues where they have become ubiquitous. They represent just a tiny proportion of the skilled Africans of all trades and professions who leave the continent. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, about 27,000 Africans left for industrialised countries between 1960 and 1975. Now, an equivalent number leaves the continent every year." [...]
 It is perhaps paradoxical to talk of benefit and the brain drain at the same time. But the brain drain is not necessarily bad for African countries. It is every motivated and ambitious person’s dream to compete with the best in their field: footballers want to play in the top leagues, students want to study at top universities, professionals want to compete and learn from the best among their peers.


Repairs to the faulty undersea cable, that connects through high-speed net access East African countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique to Europe and Asia will take at least two weeks. 
    • Is Yahoo! dead? John Battelle's point of view on the future of the Sunnigvale search giant. 
    "So here is Yahoo's challenge: To be the company developers want to plug into. And how does Yahoo lure them? By delivering engaged audiences, a clear economic proposition, and a neutral point of view."