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Google teams up with edX to create the YouTube for online education

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/google-edx-mooc-online-courses/

DNP Google teams up with edX to create opensource online course portal

Google’s big list of open source projects just grew by one — the company has introduced a new online learning platform called MOOC.org. Despite the name, it’s not a website about cows — MOOC stands for “massive open online courses,” and it’s a product of the marriage between Mountain View and edX, an educational website by MIT and Harvard. However, while edX only features free courses from affiliated universities, MOOC.org will accept material submitted by other institutions, governments, businesses and even individuals. In short, just about anyone can pitch in — edX’s president even revealed that they want the site to eventually become the “YouTube for MOOCs.” The companies have yet to reveal how they’ll screen submitted courses for quality and how contributors can earn money, but we’ll likely find out when the site launches in mid-2014. Self-motivated folks eager to learn will have to hang out around libraries, campuses and TED talks until then.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

It’s Scary How Much You Give Up When You Sign A ‘User Agreement’

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/privacy-lost-accepting-user-agreements-2013-7

iTunes user agreement

We deal with user agreements all the time. Whether it’s updating iTunes or downloading a new piece of software onto your laptop, companies give a long piece of legal gibberish that might be glanced at for a second or two before clicking “Accept.”

But what do those pages of legal jargon actually say?

Are you giving away any real rights when you accept the terms and conditions given to you when you use services like Google and Facebook?

That’s the focus of this year’s award-winning documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply.”

The movie takes an in-depth look at what information companies and governments are able to gather about users thanks to these agreements.

Most people don’t read the many user agreements they accept all the time. There’s just not enough time.

That’s why nearly 7,500 gamers didn’t notice that they sold their soul when they bought games online from UK video gamer retailer GameStation.

On a more serious note, let’s look at Google’s privacy policies (which you agree to just by using the site)

 

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Forrester – $2.1 Trillion IT Spending In 2013

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/VIxAJRCxaro/mobile-insights-enterprises-will-spend-21-billion-on-tablets-this-year-2013-7

Forrester: $2.1 Trillion IT Spending In 2013 (TechCrunch)
The research firm forecasts that $21 billion will be spent on tablets by businesses and governments this year, 15% of what they will spend on PCs. Read >

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 news No Comments

A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor

Source: http://gizmodo.com/a-guide-to-everything-google-has-been-asked-to-censor-624948425

A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor

The internet is all about the free flow of ideas, right? Collaboration! Discourse! Sharing! The day to day reality of what we do online may not always be quite so idealistic and ideologically motivated, but the open underpinnings are there. Except, of course, when they’re not at all. This visualization, published by Sebastian Sadowski, uses Google’s transparency data to visualize all the things the company has been asked to censor.

The governments of many countries routinely ask Google to suppress content across sites like Google Search and YouTube. Reasons range from national security, to suicide promotion, and government criticism. There are also categories for “other” and “reason unspecified.” It’s interesting to see which countries are better or worse than you thought they would be. And check out that little chunk of mint green “reason unspecified” censorship on the U.S. chart. You can get the gist below, but because of the interactivity you really have to explore on visual.ly to see what’s going on. Even though Google’s data are openly available, a chart like this allows you to take everything in quickly because someone did the processing work for you. So no excuses. [Digg]

A Guide To Everything Google Has Been Asked To Censor

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013 news No Comments

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