Google’s Eric Schmidt Will Give $1 Million In Tech-For-Good Grants
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he is donating $1 million to help solve global problems through technology. In a promotion for The New Digital Age, his book co-written with Jared Cohen, Schmidt told CBS: “We identified a whole bunch of companies all over the world trying to solve oppressive censorship, empower individuals, and make these phones more useful.” Details about which organizations or companies will receive grants will be announced March 10.
Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led By General Catalyst
You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. PumpUp, a social fitness app (on iOS/Android) says it has found a sweet spot in this area by appealing in particular to women via allowing them to post photos of their progress, thus creating a highly focused, supportive social community. The company is now closed a $2.4 million seed round led by General Catalyst Partners. With PumpUp you can share selfies (similar to a Facebook meets Instagram interface); build and store custom exercise plans; get custom coaching; track activity such as reps, calories burned, time spent exercising, progress over time etc.; and share healthy recipes. Phil Jacobson, co-founder, says the startup is “leveraging mobile technology” in this regard and is on a hiring spree in Canada and the US to boost his team.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Toni Garrn Get A Cat Nap Before Their Big Wildlife Gala
We guess all that kung fu fighting got him tired, because Leonardo DiCaprio definitely didn't look fast as lightning on Wednesday afternoon. The Wolf Of Wall Street star and his GF Toni Garrn were spotted lounging on his yacht in St. Tropez, taking in the last of the day's tropical sunshine. And looking like they were ready to pass out! Then again, they did have a big night to rest up for! As the host (and namesake) of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Leo had to host his big star-studded gala.
Snoop Dogg Helps The White House Go Green — How Did He Get Away With Smoking At The President's Mansion??
Snoop Dogg invited Jimmy Kimmel to be on his GGN series yesterday where, seemingly out of the blue, the topic of marijuana was brought up. Jimmy kicked off the episode by asking Snoop if he had ever smoked in the White House. Snoop answered that he had, but only in the bathroom. Apparently, while attending the Kennedy Center Honors last December, the rapper asked the FBI CIA alphabet people to use the bathroom.
Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley Join Woody Allen's Newest Movie
Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley are joining the cast of Woody Allen’s newest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. The untitled Gravier Productions film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, is being produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Magic in the Moonlight, Allen’s most recent completed film, opens Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. Posey, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, most recently appeared in Grace of Monaco.
Chrome Android Beta Gets Single Sign-In For Google Sites And New Material Design Looks
Today, Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android with some new features, including single sign-in for Gmail, Maps and Search so long as you’re signed into Chrome, but also introducing some Material Design looks to the mobile browser.
Zoë Saldana Pregnant With Twins!
Zoe Saldana isn't just pregnant—she's pregnant with twins! Multiple sources confirm to E! News exclusively that the 36-year-old Guardians of the Galaxy star is expecting two bundles of joy with her husband of one year, Italian artist Marco Perego. "She's thrilled!" an insider says. In 2012, Saldana said she hopes to have between two to five children—and now she's well on her way!
Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' In Mali
Officials said, an Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm. France deployed fighter jets to search for wreckage and the country's president said the plane most likely crashed. The MD-83 vanished less than an hour after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Air Algerie Flight 5017 was operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, which owns the plane.
Kiss, Usher, J.Lo To Perform At Fashion Rocks
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall. The Sept. 9 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will also feature Duran Duran, Miranda Lambert and Pitbull. The event takes place during New York Fashion Week. DJ-producer Afrojack, Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz and the Band Perry will also perform.
Mali Government, Northern Rebels Sign Roadmap Deal For Peace Talks
Mali's government and northern Tuareg-led rebels on Thursday signed an agreement for a roadmap toward an eventual peace deal aimed at ending decades of uprisings in the north. The agreement was signed between the two delegations after a week of talks in the Algerian capital Algiers. The roadmap deal lays out the next steps in negotiations for a peace accord.