New Research Aims to Teach Computers Common Sense
Researcher Abhinav Gupta and his colleagues are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a massive computer system browse millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean.
Ex-IRS Employee May Carry Kirpan to Work Pending Court Decision
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, questioned a lower court’s decision Nov. 13 that disbarred a former IRS employee from wearing her three-inch kirpan to work.
Murtaza Convicted of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend's Family Members
A Southern California man was convicted Nov. 22 of the murders of the father and sister of his ex-girlfriend, and the attempted murder of her mother, in what prosecutors say was an ill-conceived attempt to reunite the couple.
Johns Hopkins Students Win Top ‘Inventors’ Prize
A Johns Hopkins undergraduate biomedical engineering student team headed by Indian American Piyush Poddar that devised a two-part system to improve the way life-saving shocks are delivered to hearts earned first prize in the undergraduate division of a national Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Children of TV Producer Who Beheaded Wife Will Get $11M
A New York state acting Supreme Court judge awarded $11.2 million Nov. 1 to the young children of a television producer who beheaded his wife in the station they jointly owned.
Apple Pays $200M to Buy Indian American-Founded Topsy Labs
Apple has agreed to acquire San Francisco-based Topsy Labs, a social media analytics firm co-founded by Indian Americans Rishab Aiyer Ghosh and Vipul Ved Prakash, for over $200 million, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 3.
Honda, Running Against Challenger Ro Khanna, Endorsed by Key PAC
Characterizing Indian American challenger Ro Khanna as a “Silicon Valley groupie looking to buy support from wealthy CEOs,” Democracy for America, founded by former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, announced its endorsement Dec. 3 of Rep. Mike Honda, who serves Northern California’s District 17 seat in Congress.
GAP Ad Campaign 'Highly Sexualized', Says Sikh Activist
A Sikh activist is organizing a Dec. 5 rally in front of the Gap store in Davis, Calif., to protest a new ad featuring jeweler Waris Ahluwalia and Quentin Jones that he believes is disrespectful to the Sikh community.
Indian American MIT Student Wins 2013 Ingenuity Award
Smithsonian magazine, the flagship publication of Smithsonian Media, last month announced that MIT freshman Saumil Bandyopadhyay is among the 10 ground-breaking individuals who were named recipients of the second annual American Ingenuity Awards. The awards honor people across categories including
Stanford Indian American Prof. Gets Gates Foundation Grant
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Nov. 20 that Manu Prakash from Stanford University and Abi Santhosh Aprem in India are among a new round of winners as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.
Omaha Man Sentenced in Vedant Patel’s Stabbing Death
An Omaha man who says he was under the influence of drugs when he fatally stabbed his roommate Vedant Patel will serve at least 15 years in prison.
Clinton Meet: Investment Group to Raise $1B for Garment Factories
Four months after the worst industrial accident in the history of the garment-making industry, a New York investment group pledged to raise $1 billion to help Bangladesh and other garment-making countries create factories with greater safety protections for workers.
Miss India USA 2013 Crowned
Monica Gill (center) was crowned the new Miss India USA 2013 at the Miss India USA beauty pageant organized by the India Festival Committee and Royal Alberts Palace here Nov. 24.
ICA Honors Activists Nileema Mishra, Melinda Kramer
The Indians for Collective Action marked its 45th year with its Annual Award Dinner and Benefit Gala Nov. 17, honoring Padmashree and Magsaysay Award winner Nileema Misra from Maharashtra, founder of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan, and Melinda Kramer of Berkeley, founder of Women’s Earth Al
Indian American Entrepreneur Introduces Obama in SF
Immigration reform is widely popular among Democrats, as well as some of President Barack Obama's Silicon Valley donors, who have long lamented federal rules that bar them from hiring top talent trained in the United States but without the ability to work here