Tech Sightings, July 15, 2014

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 2:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Child-Selling Story Underlines Tension as China Opens Up to Video Games

This is not the first story coming out of China about a couple selling their child to fund virtual items in free-to-play games. But the subject is touchy in a country that has tended to view video gaming as a cultural intrusion and might fuel tension as gaming consoles prepare to launch in the Chinese market.

Samasource’s Leila Janah: Bringing the Third World Into the Tech Economy

Silicon Valley nonprofit Samasource is taking a new approach to encourage the growth of tech skills in developing countries. Working in collaboration with tech giants like Microsoft and Google, Samasource provides jobs for people in the developing world that include data entry, processing, machine learning and the like.

Oklahoma Earthquakes Highlight Innovation Tradeoffs

The U.S. state of Oklahoma has witnessed unprecedented earthquake activity in recent months. And while the debate is far from conclusive, there are questions about a potential link between the increased seismic activity and hydraulic fracturing.

The Man Who’ll Stop at Nothing to Bring Free Internet to the World

You’ve probably missed the news about this guy. His name is Kosta Grammatis. He is the founder and CEO of the non-profit, A Human Right. And he has been working tirelessly since 2009 to find ways to bring free Internet to the world.

Google’s ‘Project Zero’ Aims to Fix the Internet

Project Zero is Google’s elite all-star hacking team, created to hunt, neuter and squash the Internet’s biggest security flaws, including the hackable “zero day” vulnerabilities.

Facebook to Track Users’ TV Habits

Here we go again. After inking a deal with Nielsen, the TV ratings measurement firm, Facebook will begin monitoring how its users watch TV on cellphone and mobile devices beginning in the fall. The company will scan its databases and provide Nielsen with the age and gender of viewers to help advertisers learn more about the audience.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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