What’s the Ice Bucket Challenge, you ask? The idea is that people dump a bucket of ice-cold water over their head and challenge others to do the same – all in the interest of helping raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). This year’s challenge drew Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who challenged Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to follow suit.
Intel Corp and the Michael J. Fox Foundation are teaming up for research on Parkinson’s disease. Intel is planning to use wearable gadgets to monitor patients, collect their data and share it with researchers. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s.
Following recent discussion of depression and suicide, Whisper founders are planning a $1 million grant to fund Whisper’s non-profit entity, Your Voice. The company also announced that Your Voice is being turned into a platform for discussions to help people with depression.
Twitter announced that some accounts have been suspended in relation to abuse targeting Zelda Williams, the daughter of late comedian Robin Williams. Twitter officials say they are evaluating ways to improve policies to better handle similar tragic situations in the future.
Following allegations of unsafe working conditions, Apple has banned benzene and n-hexane from all of its iPhone factories. Both cleaning agents are potentially hazardous, although an Apple investigation found that their use is not widespread in the company’s plants.
Apple has successfully fended off malicious software over the years, but a team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to demonstrate a major iOS glitch at next Wednesday’s Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego. The researchers argue that iOS becomes vulnerable to attackers when devices are connected to a computer via USB or when Wi-Fi synching is enabled.
While Facebook can now gift its advertisers all of your mobile and Web browser history, you can still opt out if you follow a few easy steps.