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European Commission reopens Google antitrust investigation after political storm over proposed settlement

European Commission reopens Google antitrust investigation after political storm over proposed settlement | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Competition commissioner says very negative responses from complainants and new data raised over summer requires examination Continue reading...
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US Executives Survey: 46 Percent Favor Technology Over Hiring New Employees - CBS Local

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Nearly half would rather invest in new technology than hire or retain workers.
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Reading in The Mobile Era | Visual.ly

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Book shortages continue to represent a significant obstacle to literacy, worldwide.
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Top DJ and producer Alesso turns to Snapchat to premiere his new music video

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Top Swedish DJ/producer Alesso will be breaking new ground on Snapchat, when he debuts the video for his last single, ‘Tear the Roof up’, through the platform later this week.
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Microsoft rolls out Office Delve, a personalized search interface for Office 365

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Microsoft today announced that it has begun rolling out Office Delve, an intelligent search feature, for its Office 365 business customers.
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I hope this is less annoying then Bing. 

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Lithium, the Salton Sea and a startup that’s trying to change the game

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Novel tech from a young startup could break the log-jam for American-produced lithium and change the future of electric car batteries.
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Stanley Crouch: Deadly virus supported by ravenous fat cats - Bemidji Pioneer

Stanley Crouch: Deadly virus supported by ravenous fat cats Bemidji Pioneer The only difference between this era and earlier ones is that the technology is so powerful, we are in danger of changes that are truly revolutionary in their...
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Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat - Black Press USA

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Black Press USA Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat Black Press USA In this June 5, 2014 file photo, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden participates in a conversation via video with John Perry Barlow, co-founder & vice chairman of...
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Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Gary LaFree's and Andromachi Tseloni's "Democracy and Crime" (2006), which analyzed homicide trends in 44 Countries between 1950 and 2000, shows that...
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Meetings and events: The importance of brand and message - Buying Business Travel

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New Poll: 7 In 10 Americans Want Supreme Court Cases Live-Streamed - Daily Caller

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New Poll: 7 In 10 Americans Want Supreme Court Cases Live-Streamed Daily Caller “And it's just general reluctance to accept any sort of new technology, even if it's something that supports our democracy and moves it forward.” Roth added that small...
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Watch the Amish build an entire barn in less than 10 hours

You put a group of people together and give them a common goal and magic can happen. Even if that magic, in this case, is just building a barn.
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Hackers are reportedly using a ‘law enforcement tool’ to download users’ iCloud backups

Hackers are reportedly using a ‘law enforcement tool’ to download users’ iCloud backups | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
While Apple has denied that its iCloud service was at fault in last week’s leaking of nude celebrity photos, Wired is reporting that attackers are using a forensic tool marketed for law enforcement officials to download backups of victims’ iCloud...
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Apple's Grand Mobile Payments Plan Sounds Like It Will Be Very Secure - Business Insider

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Business Insider Apple's Grand Mobile Payments Plan Sounds Like It Will Be Very Secure Business Insider The iPhone 6, expected to be announced Tuesday, will incorporate tokenization technology, according to a report from Bank Innovation, which...
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Twitter moves into e-commerce with 'buy' button on promoted tweets

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Some users in America can now buy click-to-buy goods directly from Twitter as part of a trial that sees the messaging service storing users payment details Continue reading...
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WhatsApp for iPhone gets option to archive chats, trim videos, add photo captions and more

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WhatsApp has rolled out a sizeable update to its iPhone app today, despite arriving with a seemingly insignificant “2.11.9” version number.
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Yahoo launches publishing tool Yahoo Recommends with personalized content and native advertising

Yahoo launches publishing tool Yahoo Recommends with personalized content and native advertising | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Yahoo today launched Yahoo Recommends, a publishing tool that offers personalized content recommendations and native advertising. The company believes it can help visitors discover more of a publisher’s content while helping them monetize it as well.
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Apple is sending iCloud users email alerts when their account is accessed via iCloud.com

Apple is sending iCloud users email alerts when their account is accessed via iCloud.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
With the recent furore around iCloud, stirred by the substantial leak of nude celebrity photos online, it should come as no surprise that Apple wants its services to appear a little more secure.
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Surveillance Software Key Concern at Internet Governance Meeting - Big News Network.com

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Big News Network.com Surveillance Software Key Concern at Internet Governance Meeting Big News Network.com "Otherwise, every state - democracy or not - will use this technology, and these technologies will [become] less and less expensive and more...
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ClassJump - Free web sites for teachers

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Free Web Sites For Teachers
ClassJump.com provides teachers web sites free of charge, where multiple classes can be managed and updated using an easy to understand interface. No knowledge of web site programming is needed to get your class or classes set up and quickly providing up-to-date information for your students and parents.
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Classjump.com

Love this site. If you try it and like it please don't forget to help foot the bill. Classjump isn't overly sleek but I can connect with my students here in a great way and it is very easy to use. Students and parents are informed the site is learning and club supplement only. All formal issues having to do with grades or problems go through the official school sites and procedures and are not dealt with on this class web page I set up with classjump.com.

 

I can print off any inappropriate entries submitted (which has never happened so far) and report it to administrators just as I can in my classroom.  I inform the students and parents through "must sign as read" printouts of conduct requirements and use of the class web page. I can also ban inappropriate users from making entries. The WEB page is solely to connect online learning experiences and class related online discussions within class to an extended online learning format and provide makeup info for those out sick or need a review and for those that wish to learn more on their own. I think public writing challenges all of us, including me to improve writing and proofing skills. No one wants to look bad in front of others if they can avoid it. We have never had anyone make fun of weak writing skills displayed from each other. I think we all know we could be the next one to "mess up"' our written statement and understand we are there to share our thoughts, work, enjoy connections and support but mainly seek to encourage and understand each other while we learn.

 

My students have indicated they would like to be able to comment on each other’s art work, upload their work from their own devices and interact about their work on this site. So far students can only personally send/upload me a document or photo to review and the other students cannot view or comment on what they send to me. With appropriate etiquette and criticism training it would be great if the students could comment on the work documents summited when fellow students seek input. I can post these as photos and use the class message boards for comments. It would be good to be able to post a pic of their art work to the message board so that students wishing input on their work could request it there directly. Only I can post the photos on the photo albums.  Students cannot upload images of their artwork from their devices.

 

 I use the site also to connect my students with enrichment material and hope to back up my own classroom instruction there and on JUNO/Jupitergrades.com as well with video and printouts of my core instruction. I find myself repeating the same thing over and over to those that miss class or just don't pay attention. I’m sure hearing all this repeated in the background isn’t fun for those that listened the first time and have to hear it continually restated for those that couldn’t or didn’t listen. I intend to give them a link to replay very soon. It will take some time to get all my key content uploaded. My only regret is that all this wasn't available years ago when I would have looked better on videos.


The art work shown is an original work by Josh Johnson of Mississippi.

 

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Classjump.com

Love this site. If you try it and like it please don't forget to help foot the bill. Classjump isn't overly sleek but I can connect with my students here in a great way and it is very easy to use. Students and parents are informed the site is learning and club supplement only. All formal issues having to do with grades or problems go through the official school sites and procedures and are not dealt with on this class web page I set up with classjump.com.

 

I can print off any inappropriate entries submitted (which has never happened so far) and report it to administrators just as I can in my classroom.  I inform the students and parents through "must sign as read" printouts of conduct requirements and use of the class web page. I can also ban inappropriate users from making entries. The WEB page is solely to connect online learning experiences and class related online discussions within class to an extended online learning format and provide makeup info for those out sick or need a review and for those that wish to learn more on their own. I think public writing challenges all of us, including me to improve writing and proofing skills. No one wants to look bad in front of others if they can avoid it. We have never had anyone make fun of weak writing skills displayed from each other. I think we all know we could be the next one to "mess up"' our written statement and understand we are there to share our thoughts, work, enjoy connections and support but mainly seek to encourage and understand each other while we learn.

 

My students have indicated they would like to be able to comment on each other’s art work, upload their work from their own devices and interact about their work on this site. So far students can only personally send/upload me a document or photo to review and the other students cannot view or comment on what they send to me. With appropriate etiquette and criticism training it would be great if the students could comment on the work documents summited when fellow students seek input. I can post these as photos and use the class message boards for comments. It would be good to be able to post a pic of their art work to the message board so that students wishing input on their work could request it there directly. Only I can post the photos on the photo albums.  Students cannot upload images of their artwork from their devices.

 

 I use the site also to connect my students with enrichment material and hope to back up my own classroom instruction there and on JUNO/Jupitergrades.com as well with video and printouts of my core instruction. I find myself repeating the same thing over and over to those that miss class or just don't pay attention. I’m sure hearing all this repeated in the background isn’t fun for those that listened the first time and have to hear it continually restated for those that couldn’t or didn’t listen. I intend to give them a link to replay very soon. It will take some time to get all my key content uploaded. My only regret is that all this wasn't available years ago when I would have looked better on videos.


The art work shown is an original work by Josh Johnson of Mississippi.

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Samsung UN85S9 – An Ultra HDTV That Blows Everything Out Of The Water

Samsung UN85S9 – An Ultra HDTV That Blows Everything Out Of The Water | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The current TV market is crazy about Smart LED UHDTV with the biggest manufacturers showcasing their own unique models. However, when it comes to making the biggest splash, nothing even comes close...
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Hope for High-Tech Mothers - Project Syndicate

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Hope for High-Tech Mothers
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NEW YORK – Have two highly skilled women – with four babies and toddlers between them – finally found a way to achieve an ideal work-family balance?
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Fall Arts Guide 2014: What is arts coverage? - Indianapolis Star

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Fall Arts Guide 2014: What is arts coverage?
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"The access to technology and connectivity of the Internet has dramatically changed both the nature of arts coverage and who is creating content.
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How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven - KQED (blog)

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KQED (blog) How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven KQED (blog) The Maker Movement is slowly infiltrating schools across the country with the help of dedicated educators and inspirational students proving with their creations that they can do...
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Does The Internet Inhibit Or Encourage Democracy?

Does The Internet Inhibit Or Encourage Democracy? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Evgeny Morozov asks, does the Internet inhibit or encourage democracy? Morozov presents an alternative take on the ‘cyber utopianims,’ the idea that the Internet plays an emancipatory role in global politics.
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