Computer News - In Brief

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- Under new separate deals signed with the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network (KENET), Google, the internet search giant said it would provide free Google Apps software. Rwandan government officials and students in both African countries will have access to free communications tools including email, shared calendars, instant messaging and word processing, the firm said in a statement.

- The French customer service group "Data Base Factory" has recently set up a branch in Casablanca under the name "Data Base Factory Maroc". The new facility, which specializes particularly in contacts, subscription management, logistics and direct marketing, is expected to employ some 300 people.

- Mozilla has announced the release Firefox 3.0 Beta 1, intended for testing purposes to gain feedback before developing the browser further. Although still buggy, it features improved security, easier use, improved performance, a better platform for developers and more customisation options.