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Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.<p>The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education …

In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools bring the latest education software into their classrooms. By giving districts a central way to manage student and teacher accounts in each learning application, and closely integrating those apps with their existing data …

US Commerce Department is advising the president on NSA spying reform

American tech companies whose customers and networks have been compromised by the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance efforts may have a new sympathetic ear inside Washington: the Commerce Department. "We've been talking to various constituencies within the business community, we …

Lawmakers Skeptical Obama Will Reform NSA After White House Summit

Pres­id­ent Obama met with hand-picked law­makers at the White House on Thursday to dis­cuss the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency’s con­tro­ver­sial …

Surveillance

European parliament invites Edward Snowden to testify via video

Not yet clear if NSA whistleblower will accept invitation from European parliament committee investigating surveillance<p>A European parliament committee has invited Edward Snowden to testify via video link in its investigation of US surveillance practices.<p>The justice and civil liberties committee …

Why Apple Bought $578M Worth Of Sapphire In Advance

Apple is building a manufacturing plant in Arizona that will be used by GT Advanced Technologies to make sapphire crystals for use in its products. Apple currently uses sapphire in its home buttons and camera lens covers, but several details about the material itself and the nature of its deal with …

The Best Hidden Settings You Can Unlock with OS X's Terminal

Macs aren't known for their customization options, but there's a lot hiding under the hood if you're willing to dig into the Terminal. Here are some …

Target offers discounts as investigators look at overseas hackers

Target Corp. is offering its 10 percent employee discount to shoppers this weekend following a massive breach of its customers’ credit and debit card information.<p>Meanwhile, investigators believe that overseas hackers were responsible for the cyberattack that compromised up to 40 million payment …

Secret Service

Apcera emerges from the shadows to put policy into IT

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Secretive startup Apcera, founded by Cloud Foundry luminary Derek Collison, has been a cipher since it’s founding in March …

Mexico’s Square Clone Clip Pulls In New $1.7M Funding, Adds Payment Features

It seems every country needs its own Square clone these days. iZettle has been busy populating Europe, alongside Payleven, to name just two. Indeed, Mexico has its own version, Clip. Today it announced a new $1.7 million funding round in the form of a convertible note with Alta Ventures, one of …

Google reaches privacy settlement with 37 states

NEW YORK -- Google reached a $17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over a privacy case involving the use of third party "cookies" in Apple's Safari Web browsers. Cookies are the small files used by advertisers to collect certain data about Web surfers.<p>Attorney generals …

Facebook Launches New Privacy Policies And You Still Can Be Used For Ads

Are you sitting down? Doesn't matter, this isn't going to surprise you.<p>Facebook reaffirmed its position on Friday that it's able to use the postings and personal information of 1.2 billion accounts on the service for advertising purposes. The social media website announced the new privacy policies …

Google pays up $17M for ignoring user privacy settings in Safari

Google settled another privacy lawsuit today, promising to pay $17 million for circumventing users’ privacy wishes.<p>The case centered around Apple’s Safari browser, which had certain default privacy settings concerning tracking and cookies. Google, according to this lawsuit, went around those …

Technology Outpacing Policymakers, Needs Of NSA

The controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs has exposed a problem in the oversight of those programs: The development of the relevant technology has outpaced the laws and policies that govern its use.<p>"The technology is moving very fast," says Joel Brenner, a former NSA …