Mozilla offers relief from Cyber Monday with bizarre “Download-A-Thon” livestreaming event

The awfulness of Black Friday has passed. Now, we’re into the awfulness of the (truly porny-sounding) Cyber Monday. To divert our collective attention spans from the myriad of sites trying to get our money, Mozilla is running its first-ever “Download-A-Thon” alongside Open Signal, a public TV station from Portland, Oregon. What’s a “Download-A-Thon” you ask? Nothing. Mozilla literally just made it up for the purposes of this event. It sounds interesting though. The event takes place from 12PM Pacific Time, and runs for just shy of ten hours. Mozilla plans to broadcast the download-a-thon over Facebook Live, and it promises…

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Project Fi’s new referral challenge offers Chromecasts and Moto X4s while helping disaster relief

Google’s MVNO carrier, Project Fi, has done a few referral programs in the past. This time, Fi has announced a ‘Fi it Forward’ challenge, giving subscribers the chance to win a Chromecast or Android One Moto X4.

From now until December 17, each referral will count towards winning prizes. If you get two (or more) referrals, you get a Chromecast. If you can get seven people to sign up, you get an Android One Moto X4.

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Apple and Others Pledge Millions for Wine Country, Bay Area Fire Relief

Some of the largest tech firms in the country are pledging a combined $ 2.5 million to aid fire relief efforts in the wake of devastating blazes across Northern California.

The Cupertino-based Apple is donating $ 1 million to relief efforts in the area, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday. In addition, Apple said that it will match employee donations two-for-one — though it did not specify which organizations the funds would go to. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is currently abroad, tweeted Tuesday about the effort.

Google, based in Mountain View, is also donating $ 500,000 to relief efforts in the wake of fires — and will work with its longtime partner, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, to distribute the funds to local nonprofits.

The Menlo Park-based Facebook also announced earlier this week that it would be contributing $ 1 million to local nonprofits, including the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, according to a local NBC affiliate.

“I’m thinking of all our neighbors in harm’s way and I hope everyone stays safe,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. Facebook is also in a unique position to facilitate relief efforts, as its Safety Check features allow locals to mark themselves safe and its community message boards offer users a chance to pledge their own contributions and assistance.

The three tech companies are all headquartered in Silicon Valley in the Bay Area, meaning that the fires are raging close to home.

The fires, which first started late Sunday night, continue to rage in Wine Country areas such as Sonoma and Napa. Other blazes have devastated suburbs and neighborhoods in Santa Rosa and throughout the Northern Bay Area. At least 24 people have died as a result of the blazes and 20,000 have been evacuated. There are thousands more missing or unaccounted for.

Fires are not uncommon in Northern California in October, when dry weather and hot Santa Ana winds can make for risky fire conditions. But these are the worst fires that the area has seen in years, destroying more than 3,500 homes and businesses and scorching roughly 265 square miles. Several fires remain almost entirely uncontained Thursday, and thousands of people are still in the midst of evacuations.

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Apple to donate $1 million plus matched employee contributions for California wildfire relief

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Apple is donating $ 1 million outright and matching worker donations two-to-one to support relief efforts for the wildfires scorching northern Califoria.
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‘Apple community’ pulls in $13M for disaster relief in US, Mexico & Caribbean

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The "Apple community" — including workers and customers — has raised over $ 13 million for the relief of recent hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the Caribbean, and earthquakes in Mexico, Apple said on Thursday.
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Apple contributing $1M to Mexico earthquake relief efforts, says CEO Tim Cook

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday announced the company is donating $ 1 million toward earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, the latest gift in a string of contributions benefitting those stricken by natural disasters.
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Apple contributes $5M to ‘Hand in Hand’ hurricane relief effort, to open donations this weekend

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Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief on Friday announced a $ 5 million donation from Apple, which will be put toward ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, as well as programs benefitting what is expected to be massive damage from the incoming Irma.
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AT&T unleashes drones to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief

Flooded Lake Forest area of New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina with buildings burning uncontrolled in the background.

As residents on or near the coast of Texas continue to try to pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, the ability to communicate to the outside world has become more and more important. Yesterday, AT&T deployed a fleet of 46 drones to inspect areas in South Texas that have been impacted. The key goals for the deployment were to check out all the towers, determine the network impact and ensure that customers continue to be able to speak to their loved ones.  A total of 26 drones were sent the day before, prior to sending out the 46 drones yesterday.  AT&T…Read More

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This week on AI: Apple’s Sept. 12 ‘iPhone 8’ event, TV ambitions, Hurricane Harvey relief & more

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Most of the rumors should come to an end soon, as Apple has finally set a date for its fall press event — Sept. 12. Of course talk about the "iPhone 8’s" features and even its name continued this week, joined by current events and word of the company’s video plans.
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