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Facebook to double women workforce globally in 5 years

Since 2014, Facebook has increased the number of Black women at Facebook by 25 times and the number of Black men by 10 times.

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San Francisco, July 10 Facebook aims to double the strength of women workers globally in the next five years, along with doubling black and Hispanic employees in the US.

In its 2019 diversity report, Facebook said it has people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, more people of colour, more women in both technical and business roles, and more under-represented people in leadership.

“Most notably, we’ve achieved higher representation of women in leadership by focusing on hiring and growing female leaders within the company. Over the last several years, the majority of new female leaders were internally promoted,” Maxine Williams, Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday.

Since 2014, Facebook has increased the number of Black women at Facebook by 25 times and the number of Black men by 10 times.

Facebook said it is the best place to work for the LGBTQ+ community.

“We’re proud to have earned 100 per cent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the fifth year in a row that we have received the best score,” said the company.

Like other tech companies, the social networking giant has also faced criticism for its lack of diversity.

Facebook said it invested $4.2 million in the “Align Programme” which increases the number of women and underrepresented people pursuing careers in computer science by providing students who did not study computer science with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in computer science.

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AGR an unprecedented crisis, sought cut in taxes for industry: Mittal

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New Delhi, Feb 20 : Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal on Thursday met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the current AGR payment to be made by the telcos, saying he suggested that for the overall health of the industry, taxes needed to be brought down.

Mittal, however, said the issue of AGR payment per se did not figure in the talks. The discussion was on the overall industry, he said.

“Adjusted Gross Revenue has been an unprecedented crisis for the telecom industry. I made certain suggestions on the overall health of the industry. Industry has been heavily taxed and taxes need to be looked at. The issue of very low revenues left in the kitty of the industry needs to be addressed and the AGR also need to be dealt with”, he said after the meeting with Prasad.

He said Airtel will make the balance payment expeditiously .”The demand for reduction in taxation for the telecom sector has been for a long time. The regulator has been supporting it”, he said in response to a query if he has sought any cut in levies.

Mittal met the minister amid reports that said government was looking at some form of relief for the sector in view of huge AGR dues to be paid by telcos.

The telcos, particularly Vodafone Idea, which is severely hit by the AGR payment, has sought a bailout. The options here before the government are limited. There could be a cut in licence fee and spectrum usage charges, staggered payment of AGR over long years with interests, a waiver of interest and penalties on AGR dues.

So far the Government has neither stated nor indicated any relief for the telcos. On Wednesday, Mittal met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought sustainability for telcos in the stressful times. He had said Indian telecom industry has been under stress for the last three-and-a-half years and the government should ensure sustainability of the sector.

“The only thing government needs to do is to focus on how to ensure sustainability of the sector,” he said after meeting the FM.

Airtel faces Rs 35,500 crore AGR dues. The company has already announced its plans to pay the dues that arose from the Supreme Court ruling.

Earlier this week, Bharti Airtel had paid Rs 10,000 crore to the telecom department as part of its AGR dues. The company plans to pay the balance amount before the next date of Supreme Court’s hearing which is on March 17.

Former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has said in a blog that telecom crisis is not limited to AGR and that the problems are much deeper.

Vodafone Idea Chairman Kumar Managalam Birla, had also met the Finance Minister on Wednesday. The troubled telecom major has also paid Rs 2,500 crore to the Department of Telecom (DoT) earlier this week and paid another Rs 1,000 crore on Thursday.

Vodafone Idea has an AGR bill of Rs 53,000 crore. The company has sought relief from government to remain a going concern.

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Creator of cut-and-paste, Larry Tesler dies at 74

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San Francisco, Feb 20 : Larry Tesler, a computer scientist and user interface (UI) guru, who is most well-known for creating the seminal computer concepts cut, copy and paste, has passed away. He was 74.

Tesler, who breathed his last on Monday, pioneered the concept of “cut-copy-paste” during his time at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre in the 1970s.

In the following two decades at Apple, he would be deeply involved in the user interface design of the Lisa, Macintosh and Newton, a precursor to the iPhone, the CNET reported on Tuesday.

According to Gizmodo, he was born in 1945 in New York and studied computer science at Stanford.

After working in AI research, he joined Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973, where he developed cut, copy, and paste.

The concepts would later become instrumental user interface building blocks for both text editors and entire computer operating systems (OS).

In 1979, Tesler was assigned to show Apple co-founder Steve Jobs around Xerox PARC, including the tour in which Jobs and a few other Apple employees got to see Xerox’s Alto computer in action.

The computer featured icons, windows, folders, a mouse, pop-up menus, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor, Ethernet-based local networking and network-based printing and games, the report added.

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Apple Watch helps save life of teen athlete

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San Francisco, Feb 18 (IANS) An Oklahoma teen athlete, Skylar Joslin, has credited his Apple Watch for saving his life after the device notified him of his abnormally rapid heart rate.

The boy received an alert on his two-week old Apple Watch stating he had a high heart rate of 190 beats per minute (bpm), despite being seated in class. He immediately texted a screenshot of the alert to his mother, Liz Joslin, AppleInsider reported.

“I got a text message along with a screenshot of his heart rate that was 190, the following message saying, mommy, there is something wrong. I am not doing anything,” Liz said.

She rushed her son to the hospital as his heart rate continued to climb even further and went as high as 280 bpm.

The teen was later diagnosed with a condition called Supraventricular Tachycardia, or SVT, which causes a rapid heartbeat that weakens the heart over time.

He had to undergo an eight-hour heart surgery in order to fix his rhythm, and will be the face of the Oklahoma American Heart Association Heart Walk on April 25.

“If I wouldn’t have gotten his Apple Watch, I don’t know that I would’ve ever known,” Liz noted. “I mean it’s unknown how long it would’ve been going on or how long it would’ve really taken.”

There have been several examples where the Apple Watch saved lives.

A US doctor recently saved a person’s life by using the Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation at a restaurant.

Another Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem.

The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 are both capable of taking an electrocardiogram and also monitors your heartbeat in the background, which helps detect an irregular heartbeat.

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