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Kim Jong-un 'bans drinking, singing and Mothers' Day celebrations' in wake of North Korea sanctions

North Korea has reportedly banned gatherings that involve drinking alcohol and singing, in new measures designed to stifle the impact of crippling international sanctions over the hermit kingdom’s ongoing missile tests.<p>The apparent ban on fun was reported by South Korea’s National Intelligence …

A professor built an AI bot to make teaching easier. Will it replace him someday?

Ashok Goel had run into a problem. As a computer science professor at Georgia Tech, he taught an online course on artificial intelligence, and its 300 students sent in thousands of questions via an online forum each semester. The sheer volume of messages overwhelmed Goel and his eight teaching …

Artificial Intelligence

The Real Reasons Behind the Tech Skills Gap

It didn’t attract nearly the same headlines as Donald Trump defending his hand size or the heated Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Mich. – in …

Computer Science

This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest

I’ve investigated Hillary and know she likes a ‘zone of privacy’ around her. This lack of transparency, rather than any actual corruption, is her greatest flaw<p>It’s impossible to miss the “Hillary for Prison” signs at Trump rallies. At one of the Democratic debates, the moderator asked Hillary …

Government

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

Self-improvement

1 Chart Every Middle-Class American Needs to See

You might be surprised to find out how the American middle class stacks up against the rest of the world.<p>The middle class may be the foundation upon …

Income Inequality

Bill may get parents paid time off for kids' school activities

A new bill aimed at giving parents paid time off for their kids' school-related activities is bringing hope for many, but others say the bill may not …

Common Core Creeping on Catholic Schools Creates Controversy

<i>"If you control instructional materials and you control assessments and you control education products, you effectively control curriculum. That’s</i> …

Education

Another Common Core disaster: Corporate-education reformer John King is exactly the wrong man to be secretary of education

<b>Arne Duncan, John King, Barack Obama (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>John King’s policies hurt schools, students and communities. Why is Obama letting him run education policy?<p>Nikhil Goyal<p>February 25, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will …

Education

Gates Gives Common Core Owner, CCSSO, $15.4 Million Just to Keep 'Em in Business

<i>Bill Gates</i><p>The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is one of two owners of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In fact, former CCSSO CEO Gene Wilhoit approached Gates in the summer of 2008 to ask Gates to fund CCSS.<p>Despite the reality that CCSS has not taken American education by the …

Education

Donald Trump Humiliates Himself By Getting Common Core Wrong At Republican Debate

Donald Trump embarrassed himself and demonstrated that he is not fit for office during the CNN Republican debate in Florida.<p>Jake Tapper asked Trump …

Why is maths education a huge political issue in America?

<b>The latest viral video purporting to show the complexity of America's Common Core standards shows why education is an issue in a key election year.</b><p>How would you teach a child to solve a maths problem like 43-13?<p>One easy way probably springs to mind - put the second number below the first and work …

Education

UK to test self-driving trucks later this year

Later this year, the UK will open up its motorways to self-driving trucks under new plans to speed up deliveries and cut traffic congestion. <i>The Times</i> reports that Chancellor George Osborne will confirm funding for the project, which could see convoys of up to 10 autonomous trucks -- or lorries as …

Scientists discover a potential new species: Caspar The Ghost Octopus

Technically Incorrect: Somewhere just off an island near Hawaii, there's something scary. Or is it friendly? It's definitely different.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I know people who are haunted by octopuses.<p>They find them threatening, …

NOAA

Process as code: Security ops orchestration for a brave new world

Cybercrime is an enormous problem — a nemesis of the federal government, America’s biggest corporations and tens of millions of individuals. But there is now legitimate hope that a big piece of the cybercrime problem can eventually be solved.<p>Despite the fact that the highest-level attacks are very …

Cybersecurity

Your next car will be hacked. Will autonomous vehicles be worth it?

Self-driving cars could cut road deaths by 80%, but without better security they put us at risk of car hacking and even ransom demands, experts at SXSW say<p>You’re about to drive to work. You turn on the ignition – and a message on the dash lights up. “We’ve hacked your car! Pay 10 bitcoin to get it …

Autonomous Cars

How Trump struck a deal to profit off the foreign labor he says is killing U.S. jobs

Donald Trump wanted to market a line of men's clothes that would bear his name.<p>He told people working with him to help find a company known for producing quality merchandise on a mass scale. In the end, Trump signed on with Phillips-Van Heusen, a manufacturer of affordable shirts produced in …

Budget Cuts Force Philadelphians to Clean Their Own Streets

While the economy has managed to make it through the recession, cities around the nation are still living lean, with essential services diminished, or cut entirely.<p>Streetlights and fire-fighting services were cut in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2010 and its per-capita budget hasn't rebounded to …

Urban Design

FED ON DECK: Your complete preview of the week's big economic events

Last week saw the European Central Bank steal the show with the ECB cutting interest rates, increasing the size of its quantitative easing program, and affirming that it will do whatever it takes to encourage an economic recovery in Europe.<p>On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve will kick off its two-day …

Markets

Wall Street is obsessed with this technology that no one quite understands — here's the best explanation we've seen

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain

Silicon Valley VC at center of disturbing lawsuit

A Silicon Valley venture capitalist is at the center of a disturbing lawsuit.<p>Michael Goguen, a now former managing partner at Sequoia Capital, has been accused of "sexually, physically and emotionally" abusing a woman for 12 years.<p>For his part, Goguen said in a LinkedIn post Saturday that he's …

Silicon Valley

Product Management for the Enterprise

<b>(Interested in more on this topic? Check out my book with co-author Ben Gaines from Adobe Analytics:</b> <b>Building Products for the Enterprise</b><b>. Coming very</b> …

Bernie Sanders targets Donald Trump in Ohio

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders on Sunday slammed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump over comments the Vermont senator said "encourage violence."<p>"A candidate for president of the United States should condemn violence, not encourage violence," the Democratic White House hopeful said at a …

Government

How Google became the most valuable business in the world

By the middle of 2010, it was clear that something was broken at Google.<p>Investors, analysts and members of the media who once touted the company's …

For Donald Trump, protests create a short-term benefit and a long-term threat

A flammable brew of populist anger, a candidate's provocative remarks and disruptive protesters found a fuse, and the result, at what was to be a<p>Donald Trumpevent in Chicago this weekend, was an explosion that continued to reverberate through the presidential campaign Saturday.<p>In a contest that has …