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Zuckerberg announces $45 billion pledge
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote a letter to his baby girl, Max, on Tuesday. He wants her “to grow up in a world better than ours today.”
Zuckerberg wrote that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, would donate 99% of his Facebook stock shares, worth about $45 billion, to do just that.
Even with the large donation, Zuckerberg will remain extremely rich.
After the news came out, Zuckerberg was one of the most searched names on Google. His Facebook post received more than one million likes.
Well-known people like Shakira and Arnold Schwarzenegger also gave the thumbs-up.
Financial analysts say it is a good move to prevent the shares from being taxed when they are sold.
The shares will be donated to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative over Zuckerberg’s lifetime. Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, head the organization, of course.
Pediatrician shows how to calm babies
Everyone wants to know how to keep babies from crying.
That is why a video posted by Dr. Robert Hamilton of California received 1.7 million views in its first day on YouTube.
Hamilton has been practicing this technique on babies he sees in his practice for 30 years.
He calls it “The Hold.”
The technique includes three steps:
- First, fold the baby’s arms gently over each other, and hold them with your left hand.
- Next, hold the baby’s bottom with your right hand.
- Then bounce the baby gently while holding it at a 45-degree angle.
In Hamilton’s video, the babies become calm after just a few seconds.
K-Pop stars win big at MNet Asian Music Awards
Koreans were the big winners at Wednesday night’s Mnet Asian Music Awards.
EXO, a boy band made up of South Korean and Chinese singers, won for Male Group of the Year.
Big Bang, another South Korean band, won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year awards. Big Bang also won Worldwide Favorite Artist behind their album “Made” and Best Music Video for their song “Bae Bae.”
The hashtag #MAMA2015 was used more than 2.1 million times in just a few hours as the awards show was broadcast around the world from Hong Kong.
And that’s What’s Trending Today.
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
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Words in This Story
donate – v. to give (money, food, clothes, etc.) in order to help a person or organization
soothe – v. to cause (someone) to be calmer, less angry, etc.
pediatrician – n. a doctor who treats babies and children
technique – n. a way of doing something by using special knowledge or skill
thumbs-up – n. a gesture in which you hold your hand out with your thumb pointed up in order to say yes, to show approval, etc. Often used figuratively.