Facebook, India Push to Curb Suicide; Is Facebook’s Future All-video?

Posted June 14th, 2016 at 12:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (C) and her children Lisha (2nd L) and Junal (2nd R) mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Shirva, north of Mangalore Dec. 17, 2012.

FILE – Jacintha Saldanha’s widower Ben Barboza (C) and her children Lisha (2nd L) and Junal (2nd R) mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Shirva, north of Mangalore, Dec. 17, 2012. Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse, committed suicide in London after a prank call by two Australian radio presenters. (Reuters)

Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Tools for 148 Million Indian Users

India leads the world with depression rates and has more suicides than any other country, according to the World Health Organization. Mental illness topics remain taboo in that country and in other developing parts of the world. Facebook’s new tools help nudge users who might have suicidal inclinations to reach out to support organizations or friends.

Underground Market Selling Details of Compromised Servers in 173 Countries

Researchers at Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab have uncovered a Russian underground marketplace that is selling data stored on more than 70,600 compromised servers in 173 countries. The servers belong to both private and government networks in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Australia and many other countries. And if that wasn’t enough, cybercriminals are selling access to the servers for $6.

Facebook Exec Suggests ‘Decline of Text’ Could Lead to ‘All-video’ News Feed

Videos are very popular on the Internet, but now Facebook’s vice president in Europe, Nicola Mendelsohn, says the mount of text showing up on news feeds is declining. She said video content is increasing far more rapidly than Facebook anticipated, and he predicted the content will be all-video within the next decade.

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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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