Tech Sightings, October 14, 2014

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 1:49 pm (UTC-4)
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Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Priscilla Donate $25M to Fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced that they have made a donation of $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and continues to spread. While making the donation, Zuckerberg also urged others to follow suit.

Apple is Killing Finland, Says Prime Minister

Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb says Apple’s iPhone, which brought the demise of former cell-phone leader Nokia, is behind many of Finland’s economic woes. But the country’s downgraded debt rating is also due to factors that include aging and underwhelming business development.

Google Test Provides Live Chats with Doctors

Google is testing a system that allows people looking for answers to medical problems to video chat with doctors online. The video chats are available to people searching for medical symptoms and could be a paid feature once released to the public.

Shark-Proof Google Cable to Link US, Brazil

Google’s 64 terabyte per second undersea fiber optic cable, which connects the United States with Brazil, home to the world’s fifth highest number of Internet users, is encased in protective layers to discourage hungry sharks. More importantly, the cable could help address Brazil’s socioeconomic digital divide.

113-Year-Old Forced to Fib About Age on Facebook

While setting up a Facebook account, Anna Stoehr, Minnesota’s oldest resident – 113 years old – was unable to accurately state her age and date of birth. Facebook’s earliest date option is 1905, whereas Stoehr was born in 1900. As a result, she stated that she is 99-years- old and sent a reminder to Facebook that she is still here.

Dissecting Tech’s Struggle With Racial Diversity

Developers chime in on the lack of diversity in the tech industry and the gaming sector and offer suggestions to address the problem.

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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