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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: At an event on Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg told stories of their life which inspired them to become what they are today.

“India is personally very important to the history of our company,” Zuckerberg said at Facebook’s headquarters in California. He said when he was considering whether to sell the company or not, Apple Inc founder Steve Jobs suggested to visit a temple in India “in order to reconnect with what I believed was the mission of the company”.

Zuckerberg did not mention the name of the temple but said Steve visited the same when he was planning the future of Apple.

“And so I went and I traveled for almost a month,” said Zuckerberg. “Seeing the people, seeing how people connected, having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone had a stronger ability to connect reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing and that is something that I have always remembered over the last 10 years as we have built Facebook.”

Modi said in response, “I think people all across the world will be pretty surprised to hear what you said today Mark and I hope that the inspiration you got and the inspiration that helped you to start what you started.”

“You did ask the question why there is a lot of optimism when people talk about India and what do I think about that. When you went to India you visited a temple with a lot of hopes, and look to where you have reached.”

“I hope that will not just be something to enhance your company’s bank balance I hope that you will be the voice of millions and billions of people all over the world,” Modi added.

Zuckerberg asked Modi to talk about his mother. While doing so with all honesty and sincerity, he came close to tears.

“When we were small, what we used to do to get by,” Modi said, before a long pause, “We used to go to our neighbors’ houses nearby, we used to clean the dishes, fill water.”

With chocking voice, he added, “So you can imagine what a mother had to do, what a mother had to do to raise her children, what she must have gone through.”

In India, he said, this sacrifice is done by thousands of mothers and it is their hallmark.

“It is not what you become that a mother is going to want or wish for, it’s how you become that,” Modi said. Concluding his Q&A event he said, “Thank you ma.”

After the event, Zuckerberg posted on his official Facebook page describing childhood’s stories of Modi and his mother’s impact on his life as “deeply moving and inspiring” and “the most amazing moment”.

 

(With quotes from The Wall Street Journal)

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Apple Expands Its Campus to Austin, East and West U.S.

The infusion of thousands of new and highly paid residents can ripple through an economy

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.

The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a mile from existing Apple facilities, will open with 5,000 positions in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales, and customer support. The site, according to Apple, will have the capacity to eventually accommodate 15,000 employees.

The three other new locations will have more than 1,000 employees each.

Early this year, Apple said that it would make more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years. That, the company said in January, would create more than 20,000 new jobs at existing and new campuses that Apple planned to build.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products, Oct. 30, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. VOA 

Where U.S. companies open new facilities or plants has always had the potential for public and political backlash.

That potential has intensified under the Trump administration, which has pushed companies to keep more of their operations inside the country’s borders.

While CEO Tim Cook has steered mostly clear President Donald Trump’s ire, Apple did receive some push back three months ago from the White House.

Apple sent a letter to the U.S. trade representative warning that the burgeoning trade war with China and rising tariffs could force higher prices for U.S. consumers.

Trump in a tweet told Apple to start making its products in the U.S., and not China.

Apple uses a lot of facilities overseas to produce components and its products, including China.

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A guest looks at the Touch Bar on a MacBook computer shown in a demo room following the announcement of new products at Apple headquarters, in Cupertino, California. VOA

Top tech executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm gathered at the White House earlier this month to discuss strained ties between the administration and the industry, and trade tensions with China. Cook was not among them, nor was Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

There are already 6,000 Apple employees in Austin, its largest operation outside of company headquarters in Cupertino, California, where 37,000 people are employed.

“Apple has been a vital part of the Austin community for a quarter century, and we are thrilled that they are deepening their investment in our people and the city we love,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler in a prepared statement Thursday.

Apple said nearly a year ago that it would begin canvassing the U.S. for another campus.

Cities offered incentives to lure the company, but Cook avoided a high-profile competition that pitted them against one another as Amazon did over the last year and a half.

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iPhone 8 was also launched with a special edition red colour, Pixabay

Amazon, too, expands

Amazon announced in November after a 14-month search it had selected Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Virginia, as the joint winners. Each site will employ around 25,000 people.

Cities are eager to bring in more tech employers because companies like Apple and Amazon ladle out six-figure salaries to engineers and other skilled workers.

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The infusion of thousands of new and highly paid residents can ripple through an economy, with those employees filling restaurants, theaters, buying property and paying taxes.

Annual pay will vary at the new locations, but Apple workers in Cupertino have an average annual salary of about $125,000, according to a report the company submitted to the city. (VOA)