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CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared | Ars Technica

Microsoft, Cisco, and VMWare among those infected with additional mystery payload.<p>The recent CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it …

Information Security

Facebook revamps political ad rules after discovering Russian ad buys | Ars Technica

Shadowy Russian group spent $100,000 on political ads during the 2016 election.<p>Two weeks ago, Facebook admitted that a "shadowy Russian company" …

Facebook

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle the Vietnam War

Ken Burns shot to fame in 1990 with “The Civil War,” which drew record audiences for PBS and jump-started a revival of popular interest in the subject. Nearly three decades and more than 20 documentaries later, he is perhaps the nation’s most trusted historical brand, as much an icon of …

Documentaries

MIT's Mitch Resnick on What 'Toy Story' Gets Wrong About the Future of Play - EdSurge On Air

Tuesday 19 September 2017<p>Open in Pocket Casts<p>00:00<p>00:00<p>If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may…<p>More ways to listen<p>RSS<p>iTunes<p>Get the app …

Toy Story

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Social media is an increasingly important part of students’ lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, the average teen spends over an …

Privacy

New Spam Campaign Literally Doubles Down on Ransomware

An upgraded spam campaign alternates Locky and FakeGlobe ransomware, forcing victims to pay twice or lose all their data.<p>Looks like you've hit your …

Information Security

AR ruler app for iOS 11

Using Apple's AR technologies, MeasureKit makes it really easy to measure different things in the world using your iPhone’s or iPad’s camera. Here's …

IOS 11

One of Texas' Most Wanted Captured After Flaunting Guns on IG

A man on Texas' most wanted list was captured by authorities early Tuesday after showing off a collection of guns on his Instagram profile. …

Crime

8 Ways to Support Digital Citizenship Skills with Google

Pinterest<p>It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING! – PART 2: Digital Citizen<p>I am a big fan of using Google tools to support learning, and I …

Digital Citizenship

The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code Paperback – October 1, 2015

Google Drive is NOT Going Away: Explained

Have you seen the headlines recently about Google Drive? Did it freak you out? Make you wonder what's going to happen to all of your files in Drive? …

How to Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube

Pinterest<p>Maximize Google Classroom with YouTube!<p>Did you know that YouTube works seamlessly with Google Classroom? What a fantastic way to integrate …

Education

Discomfort, Growth, and Innovation

Foster a culture of successful innovation by empathizing with fellow educators who are uncomfortable with risk, modeling a growth mindset, and …

Why the State of Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster

Policy<p>Why the State of Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster<p>By Jenny Abamu     Sep 19, 2017<p>Edward Snowden wall mural. Photo …

Equifax

Ransom letter from Flathead County cyber attackers details motive

A ransom note from the cyber terrorists who threatened Flathead County school districts over the last several days gave clues to the identity of the …

Crime

Hackers Lock Down Entire School District With Threats: 'We Are Savage Creatures'

In a highly unusual hacking case, an entire school district in Montana shut down for three days following a data breach of student and faculty …

Security

Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears

SAN FRANCISCO – Once about as newsworthy as water meters, the voting machines and computers used to record and tally the nation's ballots are suddenly a hot button issue due to mounting evidence Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.<p>According to the FBI, as many as 39 …

Los Angeles

T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB

More than twice what AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint offer<p>T-Mobile just announced that it’s increasing its soft cap for unlimited data plans from 32GB to 50GB, a move that continues to put it far ahead of competitors. In comparison, Verizon and AT&T have 22GB caps, while Sprint’s is 23GB.<p>If you’re new to …

Internet

Geneticists have used CRISPR gene editing to create crops that grow more food

Better Crops, Better Yield<p>Crops and vegetables were among the first to be used in testing how effective CRISPR-Cas9 can be. Now, researchers from …

Genetics

CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns

One gene draws the lines while a second fills in the colours.<p>The brilliant, intricate patterns on butterfly wings — from haunting eye spots to …

Biology

Backdoor malware planted in legitimate software updates to CCleaner | Ars Technica

Avast's recent acquisition spreads a backdoor signed with its own certificate.<p>A software package update for a Windows utility product distributed by …

Malware

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Has a Stern Warning For All of Humanity

He's not kidding around.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks we might not be able to stop the effects of climate change. The astrophysicist shared this bleak …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Credit Freeze Information by State | Credit Freeze

While some states may be more restrictive or prescriptive, TransUnion has made certain business decisions that may make it easier or less expensive …

Identity Theft

Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal

We're guessing you've heard all about the giant data breach at Equifax, the credit reporting company.<p>It's a doozy.<p>By any standards, it's probably the …

Equifax

Learners vs. Finishers

Last week, I was visiting a classroom which has this poster hanging on the wall:<p>When I went into the classroom, students were about to engage in …

Teaching

How to Make Every Grade More Like Kindergarten

When Mitch Resnick was growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he and his little brother were always making up new games. For example, he says, "In the basement, throw a tennis ball so it goes between the pipes in the ceiling for two points, and bounces off the pipe for one point."<p>His parents …

Teaching

Creating a Society6 Store of Digital Photography Products

A few months ago my mom told me about a friend’s daughter, Erica Brooks, who was completing an amazing, around the world year of travel and work with …

Photography

11 iOS 11 Features for iPad Educators

Apple describes iOS 11 as “a giant leap for iPhones but a monumental leap for iPads.” Whether you agree or not, there are a number of fantastic new …