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  • Mark Zuckerberg, Other Tech Heavyweights Take the #IceBucketChallenge

    Zain Meghji at Trending Now5 days ago

    We first told you about the #icebucketchallenge last week. In efforts to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, you dump a bucket of ice water on yourself and then nominate three others to do the challenge. If they don’t, they have to donate at least $100 to the ALS Association.

    You’ve seen your friends doing it all over social media. Well, now the people at the head of those social media platforms are .

    Mark Zuckerberg was issued the challenge by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and in turn passed it on to his Facebook colleague COO Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Microsoft founder-turned-superphilanthropist Bill Gates.

    Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella braved the cold and also made two $25,000 donations to the cause. He then nominated Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Google’s Larry Page.

    Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, posted his #icebucketchallenge to the Twitter-owned video platform, Vine.

    Since the challenge began on July 29, over 70 000 new donors have contributed to the ALS Association to raise more than $4 million, four times what was raised in the same time period in 2013.

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  • Friends and Fans Alike Mourn Robin Williams on Social Media

    Zain Meghji at Trending Now7 days ago

    The big story today on social media is the passing of celebrated comedian and movie star Robin Williams. He died Monday at the age of 63 in his home near San Francisco from an apparent suicide. According to a statement issued from a representative, he had been battling severe depression of late.

    Williams had a devoted following that is evident from the sheer number people who took to social media to remember him.

    In the six hours after the news broke of his passing, he had 7.5 million mentions on Twitter.

    Originally, the response was of disbelief, but as word spread, celebrities and fans alike shared their sentiments, many citing quotes from their favorite films.

    im seeing tweets about Robin Williams dead. this better be fake

     

    I really, really hope the news about robin williams is fake...

    No words.

    I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

    I am named after a character from a Robin Williams TV show when my parents still lived in Africa. He meant so much, to so many, so far away.

    Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.

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