Researcher Honored for India TB Tracking; Yahoo’s Massive Data Breach

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Microsoft Researcher Behind TB Treatment-monitoring Program Wins ‘Genius’ Grant

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.

12 of the Most Successful Entrepreneurs Who Dropped Out of College

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 Confirms Massive Data Breach Impacting Millions of Users

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.


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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