On this week’s 848 Update, we’re sharing an update from Microsoft on the progression of their Microsoft YouthSpark campaign! We’ve also been focusing on some bad news for Google and have discovered a great story from South America that could be set to save lives.

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Following on from the previous announcement of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft are pushing forward in encouraging education in computer science. The three year, $75 million investment now works with 100 nonprofit partners across 55 countries and is aiming to open up computer science opportunities to young people, particularly girls and those in underprivileged back grounds.

Microsoft are clearly aiming for a computer literate world and are on their way to fully inspiring the next generation of tech pioneers!

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Google was fined by the European Commission this week after an ‘anti-trust’ investigation found the inclusion of Google Apps on the Android operating system was an abuse of Google’s position of power in the mobile market. By requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Chrome as the default browser, Google are allegedly restricting the market for competing browsers and applications.

This seems like a tech story with no clear cut answer, who fancies another “thoughts from the office” style blog post next week…?

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For our token odd bit of tech news, we have a slightly disgusting, but very cool, innovation being used in South America to combat the Zika epidemic. A company has designed ‘sweaty billboards‘ with the intention of attracting and trapping mosquitos carrying the virus.

The billboards were created by marketing agencies in Brazil and releases a mixture of lactic acid solution, which has the same smell as human sweat, and carbon dioxide, which humans breath out. The scent attracts mosquitos up to 2.5km away to the billboards where they become trapped and won’t be able to spread any infection.

Best of all – the venture is completely non-profit and the blueprint has been released for free so as many areas as possible can benefit!

Thanks for checking out this week’s 848 Update – which story has caught your eye?