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Google boss doesn't know his own salary

In this week's worldwide wrap: Google UK senior executive Matt Brittin does not know his own salary, and e-cigarettes and vape pens may not be worth the reduced health risk.

Google boss doesn't know his own salary

Matt Brittin, Google's most senior UK executive, was unable to tell the UK's public accounts committee how much he earned on Thursday.

The failing, amid a massive UK tax evasion inquiry, has seen Google executives accused of being out of touch with reality.
Via: The Guardian

E-cigs, vape pens blow up in users' faces

While many users laud e-cigarettes and vape pens as safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes, numerous headlines report of the devices catching fire or exploding due to short circuits in their lithium-ion batteries.

In November 2015, a US man broke his neck, lost some teeth, and suffered facial fractures and burns when his e-cigarette exploded.
Via: Wired

Fitbit data indicates pregnancy

One Fitbit user's story suggests the devices might soon tell their users when they are pregnant.

Ivonne Trinidad learned she was pregnant after her Fitbit indicated an abnormally high heart rate and amount of "fat burning" activity, prompting her to visit her doctor and confirm what the data suggested.
Via: NBC New York

App invests spare change on stock market

Android and iOS app Acords aims to help users start investing cheaply and easily by offering to invest their spare change on the stock market.

After debuting in the US in 2012, the app celebrated its first international launch in Australia on Wednesday.
Via: Mashable

Amazon adds zombie apocalypse clause to terms of service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has updated its terms of service to include a special clause that takes effect in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

The changes relate to its new Lumberyard Materials tools, which allow developers to make games that run on AWS servers. While the terms prohibit Lumberyard from being used with drones, medical equipment, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft or live military combat, it will waive these rules in the event of a virus that "causes human corpses to reanimate".
Via: The Guardian

Vatican broadcasts Lent messages via Telegram

The Pope and other members of the Vatican will use mobile messaging app Telegram to broadcast recordings of gospel readings and commentary during the Christian period of Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter which are traditionally marked by some form of fasting.

The Vatican says its Telegram channel, @pgpompei, has over 5 600 subscribers.
Via: BBC News


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