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Zuckerberg unveils plan to beat diseases

In this edition of the Worldwide Wrap, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3 billion to fund medical research, and Uber drivers in China have been uploading terrifying pictures to their profiles to scare customers into cancelling their rides and paying a fee.

Zuckerberg unveils plan to beat diseases

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3 billion (R40.7 billion) to fund medical research over the next decade.

At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century".

Via: BBC

Uber's 'ghost drivers' scare passengers

Uber drivers in China have been uploading terrifying pictures to their profiles to scare customers into cancelling their rides and paying a fee, according to local reports.

The practice, which has been nicknamed the "ghost driver" issue, involves scam drivers using gruesome pictures that force users to hit "cancel" when they see who is coming to pick them up, and pay a cancellation fee.

Via: Telegraph

Airbnb raises at least $500m

Sleeping in other people's beds has turned out to be a goldmine for rental start-up Airbnb. The controversial Silicon Valley company has raised another half a billion dollars from investors at a price that values the company at $30 billion.

The company is expected to file a notice with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, according to Fortune, which first reported the news.

Via: The Guardian

Samsung Pay's eye scanner

The latest update to Samsung Pay now lets owners pay for goods using their iris, after the technology was first made available with the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

Paying with the iris works in a similar way to fingerprint authentication. After a user makes a purchase with their phone, via the Samsung Pay app, they can then choose to authenticate the payment with either the fingerprint sensor or the iris scanner.

Via: Wired

Amazon unveils photo printing service

Amazon has quietly launched a service for printing photos and custom photo books, in a direct challenge to companies like Shutterfly.

The service, known as Amazon Prints, is available to customers who use the Amazon Drive cloud storage service, with free shipping on orders of $15 or more.

Via: The Verge

North Korea has just 28 Web sites

A mistake by a North Korean tech administrator has revealed that the country has just 28 registered domains, according to various media reports.

This was exposed after one of North Korea's nameservers was incorrectly configured to reveal a list of all the domain names under the domain .kp.

Via: Channel NewsAsia

Netflix stock to double

Investors looking at Internet stocks have the best chance to profit from Netflix, said Mark Mahaney, lead internet analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

"Amongst the FANG names, this is the one that's most underperformed," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday.

Via: CNBC

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