This is the good kind of scramble though. No invasion, colonization or annexation involved. It’s all about the next billion. Smartphone makers are doubling down, OS manufacturers too, Twitter is making moves and Facebook is the latest to join the fray with a new regional office in South Africa. Here are the stories that made the rounds across Africa today.

Coming to Africa

Facebook has announced plans to open a regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa next month.

Tweetstorming should not be so stormy

Hence, Writerack, the tweetstorming tool developed at Nigeria’s Fonebase, has been updated with a premium feature that enables users set intervals between the tweets in a  tweetstorm.

2015 W.TEC bootcamp opens for applications

Nigeria’s Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) has begun accepting applications for the 2015 W.TEC Girls Technology Camp.

Off to Lagos

Egypt-based ride-sharing app, Raye7 has emerged winner of the Cairo edition of the DEMO Africa mini-events, sealing its spot at the 2015 DEMO Africa to be hosted in Lagos.

Suregifts is setting up in Ghana and South Africa

The lagos-based company says it has had a significant user engagement in both Ghana and South Africa since its launch last year.

Because taxis are too mainstream

Kenya-based e-hailing startup, MARAMOJA. The company has added motorcycles (boda bodas in Kenya) to its initial taxi-only offering.

The MVP Demo Days are here

Startup Advisory firm, Founders Hive, has announced plans to introduce its MVP Demo days across Africa.

ID please?

Pan-African classifieds ads platform and marketplace, MOBOfree has announced the launch of an ID verification drive in Nigeria and Uganda.

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