Google Exec to Head Cancer-Detection Startup; Facebook’s Andreessen Offends Indians

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

The offices of gene sequencing company Illumina Inc are shown in San Diego, California, Jan. 11, 2016. Illumina is going after the next big advance in cancer detection, working to develop a universal blood test to identify early-stage cancers in people with no symptoms of the disease. (Reuters)

The offices of gene sequencing company Illumina Inc. are shown in San Diego, California, Jan. 11, 2016. Illumina is going after the next big advance in cancer detection, working to develop a universal blood test to identify early-stage cancers in people with no symptoms of the disease. (Reuters)

Google’s Huber to Lead Illumina Cancer-Detecting Startup Grail

Google executive Jeff Huber has been named CEO of Illumina Inc.’s Grail, a startup developing a blood test to detect cancer at its earliest stage. Grail aims to create a screening blood test that can diagnose all types of cancers before their symptoms begin to surface.

Marc Andreessen Offends 1 Billion Indians With Single Tweet

In fairness, Mark Andreessen, a member of Facebook’s board of directors, deleted the offending tweet and promptly apologized. In the original tweet, he said that “anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for Indian people for decades. Why stop now?” Some Twitter users were not amused.

Google:Searches Related to Online Protection Growing in India

India is adding five million new online users every month, according to Google, and is expected to have as many as 500 million connected users in the next few years. But with that changing landscape, more Indians are doing security-related searches and exercising caution about online security and protecting their data.

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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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