Today’s Tech Sightings:
Microsoft’s Bill Thies, who works on communications programs in developing countries, will receive the “genius” grant, awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Thies’ work on India’s 99DOTS program provides a low-cost way for people to receive monitored tuberculosis treatment. Using their cell phones, patients can call in after taking the treatment to allow doctors to track their progress. “This is about things 100 times simpler, 100 times cheaper, 100 times more inclusive,” said Thies.
They were college dropouts, some with huge student debts. But these rags-to-riches luminaries still managed to change the world in more ways than one. Hint: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates leads the pack.
Yahoo has confirmed that up to 500 million accounts have been compromised in a massive data breach in 2014. Hackers claimed earlier this summer that they have access to at least 200 million user accounts. As the story continues to unfold, it might well impact Verizon’s recent purchase of Yahoo’s core business for $4.8 billion.
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