ice Bucket Challenge’ co-founder Anthony Senerchia dies after ALS battle 

Anthony Senerchia

The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the fellow benefactors of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that cleared web-based social networking in 2014 has kicked the bucket after a yearslong fight with the condition known as Lou Gerhig’s malady. Anthony Senerchia was 46.

The Anthony Senerchia Jr ALS Charitable Foundation site says the Pelham, New York, local passed on early Saturday.

In a video discharged by the ALS Association, Senerchia’s significant other, Jeanette, talks about how she helped dispatch the test by dumping a can of frigid water on herself in 2014 and presenting the video on Facebook.

The test truly took off when it achieved companions of Pete Frates, a previous baseball star at Boston College who was additionally battling ALS.

Senerchia’s container was put in plain view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington a year ago…Read More

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New Facebook tool to help users check Russian activity

In a move to handle Russian action on its platform, Facebook has declared to make an instrument where clients can check whether they are locked in with Pages connected to Russian propaganda.The apparatus will empower individuals on Facebook to realize which of its Pages or Instagram accounts supported by Kremlin-connected Internet Research Agency they may have loved or taken after between January 2015 and August 2017.

“This instrument will be accessible for use before the year’s over in the Facebook Help Center,” the online networking mammoth said in an announcement on Thursday.Facebook, alongside Google and Twitter, are confronting investigation over the nearness of Russian substance in their particular stages amid the 2016 US presidential race.

“It is imperative that individuals see how remote performing artists endeavored to sow division and question utilizing Facebook prior and then afterward the 2016 US race.

“That is the reason as we have found data, we have constantly approached to share it freely and have given it to congressional specialists. What’s more, it’s additionally why we’re constructing the apparatus,” the organization added.Nearly 126 million Facebook clients may have seen the substance created and coursed by Russian agents to influence…Read More

Uber paid hackers to delete data of 57 mn users, hid fact from public: CEO

Uber probe on breaking law involves India unit in five-nation review

Uber Technologies Inc neglected to uncover a huge break a year ago that uncovered the information of nearly 57 million clients of the ride-sharing administration, the organization’s new CEO said on Tuesday.

Revelation of the organization’s treatment of the occurrence prompted the takeoff of two representatives who drove Uber’s reaction to the episode, said Dara Khosrowshahi, who was named CEO in August after the flight of originator Travis Kalanick.

Khosrowshahi said he had just as of late learnt of the issue himself.

The organization’s affirmation that it neglected to uncover the rupture comes as Uber tries to recoup from a progression of emergencies that finished in the Kalanick’s ouster in June.

“None of this ought to have happened, and I won’t rationalize it,” Khosrowshahi said in a blog entry.

Bloomberg News revealed that Uber’s main security officer Joe Sullivan and a representative had been removed from the organization this week in view of their part in the treatment of the occurrence. The organization paid programmers $100,000 to erase the stolen information, as per Bloomberg. In spite of the fact that such settlements are infrequently examined in broad daylight, US Federal Bureau of Investigation authorities and private security organizations have told Reuters in the previous year that an expanding number of organizations have made installments to criminal programmers who have swung to blackmail.

None have already become exposed that expected to stifle breaks that would have required open exposure, for example, those including ensured individual data.

Sullivan did not instantly return messages looking for input…Read More

Apps that run without data? Uber, others eyeing India’s feature phone users

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Looking at the undiscovered however lucrative market past the 150-million-odd cell phones clients in India, innovation majors, online business organizations and application based aggregators are generally attempting to think of methods for offering administrations in regions with low or no web network.

Innovation goliaths like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, e-posteriors like Amazon India and Flipkart, and additionally taxicab hailing administrations like Uber have comprehended the need to devise intends to achieve the clients of highlight telephones, which, as indicated by industry experts, record to 50 for every penny of cell phone deals the nation over.

While Google, Facebook and LinkedIn have brought lighter forms of their particular applications that work on highlight telephones too, those like Amazon and Flipkart are chipping away at creating highlight telephone amicable applications.

Uber, as of now present and giving rides at ostensible rates in 29 Indian urban communities, including level II and – III areas, is additionally wanting to connect with those not utilizing cell phones. “There is an enormous market which the organization needs to contact. For the following level of development, this is critical,” said a source near the organization.

With another worldwide CEO at its rudder of undertakings, Uber is attempting to wind up plainly an overwhelming player, especially in India, which is an imperative market for it after its exit from China…Read More

Facebook to share Russia-linked ads with U.S. Congress

Image result for facebook ceoSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it intends to impart to U.S. congressional agents about 3,000 political promotions that it says Russia-construct agents kept running with respect to Facebook in the months previously, then after the fact a year ago’s U.S. presidential race.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been under strain to accomplish more to keep the utilizationof Facebook for race control, said in a live, communicate on Facebook that he upheld the examination by the U.S. Congress. Zuckerberg laid out nine stages that he said Facebookwas taking to discourage governments from utilizing the world’s biggest interpersonal organization to meddle with decisions.

In one noteworthy change, Facebook will make political advertisements on the interpersonal, organization more straightforward, so individuals can see which promotions are being keptrunning regarding a decision, he said. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said in a different blog entry that the informal organization does not uncover content softly under any conditions, but rather that the organization needs to help secure the honesty of U.S. races.

We trust the general population merits a full bookkeeping of what occurred in the 2016 decision,” Stretch composed.

Google firing sparks debate over sexism in Silicon Valley

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A Silicon Valley culture war pitting liberal-leaning tech firms against a small conservative cohort took on new intensity on Tuesday after Google fired a male engineer for a memo that decried the company’s commitment to hiring women.

Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a couple of job offers, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies.Damore confirmed his dismissal from Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday, after he wrote a 10-page memo that said the company was hostile to conservative viewpoints and that women on average have more neuroticism.

Many in Silicon Valley found his views, which argued that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women, offensive and destructive. The manifesto was embraced by some, particularly on the political right, who branded him a brave truth-teller. The episode recalled past examples of the wide gulf between US conservative activists and the tech sector.

In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as Mozilla’s chief executive after his opposition to gay marriage became public. Most technology executives held the opposite view, and tech companies often gave benefits to same-sex couples well before gay marriage was legalized.