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- The Uganda Communications Commission will set up Internet facilities in 43 district health offices. The western and eastern region will each get 14 computer laboratories, the central region 12 while the northern region was not catered for.

- The chairman of state-owned fixed line telco, TDM, Joaquim de Carvalho has said Mozambique’s ten provincial capitals will be linked by a fibre-optic cable by the end of 2008. The cable will be installed in Nampula by the end of April and, between June and July in Tete, while the cities of Lichinga and Pemba will be connected by December. The company hopes to offer internet access in cities that currently only have fixed telecom services. De Carvalho hinted the company could be looking for outside investment, saying it plans to take fixed line telephony to all district capitals by 2010, using its own funds, but that this could be achieved sooner if it had the support of cooperation partners.

- Egypt freed a woman detained earlier this month for forming a group on the Facebook social networking site that called for protests over price hikes, a security official said. Fattah, 27, was among several bloggers, including Mohammed Sharkawi and Malak Mustafa, arrested ahead of what was supposed to be a nationwide protest on April 6.

- A website has been created for the Beninese university community to facilitate access to scientific and technical publications. Its address is www.infosciencesbenin.org.

- Another site providing open access to a wide range of journals may be useful to scientists and researchers community. Visit it at http://www.opensciencedirectory.net/

- Social networks including the business-focused website LinkedIn are the newest medium for Nigerian ‘419' scams. The scam involves an e-mail message that is sent as an invite from LinkedIn, or other social networking sites, inviting a computer user to join a network. A profile page is also established with the social networking site in question to make the claims in the letter appear legitimate. And because the scam's messages are only delivered to a social networking site's user accounts, these tend to by-pass anti-spam mail filters.