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AISD First-Day Jitters: School opens with technical glitches; teachers’ union demands waiver to extend virtual learning – News

One of AISD’s wi-fi equipped school buses earlier this summer (Photo by Jana Birchum)

The first day of virtual school for Austin ISD began with a tragically apt turn of technical difficulties. As Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde made her remote rounds through the Zoom schools, the AISD Google Drive server crashed for several hours.

Elizalde stated during a Sept. 14 school board meeting that she intends to bring students back to campus starting on Oct. 5, with buildings at 25% capacity – and not to apply for a waiver to extend online education for another four weeks. Education Austin, however, has asked for Elizalde to request the waiver, which would give the option of keeping students off campus through November. The waiver deadline is this Friday.

In a Wednesday press conference, Ken Zarifis, president of Education Austin, called on Elizalde to apply for the waiver and release specific safety protocols

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Caltech CTME and Simplilearn Launch Full Stack Web Development Post Graduate Program | News

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Caltech CTME (Caltech’s Center for Technology and Management Education) today announced its collaboration with Simplilearn, world’s number one online bootcamp for digital economy skills training, to offer a specialized online Post Graduate Program in Full Stack Web Development. The new certificate program extends Caltech CTME’s open-enrollment offerings in software engineering, such as DevOps and Cloud Computing.

The online Post Graduate Program in Full Stack Web Development brings together the academic excellence of CTME, the professional education function of Caltech, with Simplilearn’s award-winning Blended Learning delivery model. The Blended Learning environment combines live online classes, self-paced learning, labs and projects, extensive peer-interaction, and 24/7 access to Teaching Assistants (TAs).  Masterclasses are taught by Caltech CTME instructors who have extensive real-world experience in coding and web-based architectures.

Along with a comprehensive curriculum covering the core concepts and the latest industry best practices, the program also

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Facebook Says It Will No Longer Show Health Groups in Recommendations | Technology News

By Elizabeth Culliford and Akanksha Rana

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc will no longer show health groups in its recommendations, the social media giant announced on Thursday, saying it was crucial that people get health information from “authoritative sources.”

Over the last year, the company took down more than 1 million groups that violated Facebook’s policies on misinformation and harmful content, it said in a blog post https://about.fb.com/news/2020/09/keeping-facebook-groups-safe.

Misleading health content has racked up an estimated 3.8 billion views on Facebook over the past year, peaking during the coronavirus pandemic, advocacy group Avaaz said in a report https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-facebook/on-facebook-health-misinformation-superspreaders-rack-up-billions-of-views-report-idUSKCN25F1M4 last month.

Facebook, under pressure to curb such misinformation on its platform, has made amplifying credible health information a key element of its response. It also removes certain false claims about COVID-19 that it determines could cause imminent harm.

The world’s largest social network also said it would bar administrators and moderators of

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M&T Bank sees new Seneca One offices as tech “beacon” | Local News

That approach will reduce capacity by roughly half in the short term. “We got comfortable with that because we’ve proven in the last four to five months that 100% of this team can work remotely and get the job done,” Belanger said.

Before the pandemic hit, the bank was planning to move employees into the renovated facility by the middle of this year. Instead, most M&T employees are continuing to work from home. 

To prepare for how it will use the Seneca One space, M&T has been testing workplace layouts at another of its locations, at Lafayette Court on Main Street, Belanger said.

“It’s really important that Seneca One is a generational investment,” said Sarah Tanbakuchi, M&T technology manager. “The decision around the desks is something symbolic, that whether it’s six months from now or five years from now, we still believe that creating a vibrant tech hub is essential

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DeAndre Hopkins Joins Global Leader In Tech Wellness, Therabody, As An Investor And Athlete Brand Ambassador | News

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Therabody welcomed professional football player and businessman DeAndre Hopkins to the company as its newest investor and athlete brand ambassador. Therabody, formerly known as Theragun®, is the global leader in wellness technology, best-known for its groundbreaking percussive massage therapy devices. The partnership was announced via a 60-second spot titled, “How Do You See You?”. The video, produced by Therabody Media — the brand’s newly launched creative division — highlights the multifaceted nature of DeAndre Hopkins, some of which include his love of sports, fashion, and innovation.


Passionate about the company and an avid Theragun user, Hopkins was drawn to Therabody’s creation of the percussive therapy market and continued technology leadership. Having experienced firsthand how Therabody and its whole-body wellness offerings have continued to lead the industry, the All-Pro wide receiver envisioned a larger opportunity with the

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Australia to amend law making Facebook, Google pay for news

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged.

Australia’s fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.

Facebook has warned it might block Australian news content rather than pay for it.

Google has said the proposed laws would result in “dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube,” put free services at risk and could lead to users’ data “being handed over to big news businesses.”

Sims said he is discussing the draft of his bill with the U.S. social media platforms. It could be introduced into Parliament in

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Sony PlayStation 5 to Launch November Priced $499.99 and $399.99 | Technology News

By Sam Nussey and Supantha Mukherjee

TOKYO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sony Corp said its next-generation PlayStation 5 console would launch in November priced at $499.99 and $399.99 for a version without a disk drive, as it squares off against rival Microsoft Corp’s Xbox console.

The pricing announcement sets the stage for a year-end showdown between Xbox and PlayStation, as consumers continue to flock to gaming optimised consoles offering exclusive titles.

Microsoft said last week Xbox Series X would go on sale on Nov. 10 priced at $499.99 with the less powerful Xbox Series S priced at $299.99, as Xbox bets that offering consumers choice will outweigh the risks run by launching two distinct devices at once.

The PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X have the same price, but the $399.99 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition “offers a substantial discount at no cost in terms of performance or hardware, besides the disc

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Asian stocks retreat on lack of new Fed action | National News

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No, antifa supporters are not setting fires in the West — and more lessons on fake news

The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The Sift, which is published weekly during the school year, has more than 10,000 subscribers, most of them educators.

The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades six through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the project is offering access to Checkology Premium at no cost to educators and parents in the United States. More than 1,100 educators and parents in 49 states and D.C. have registered to use the platform with as many as 90,000 students.

You can learn more about the News Literacy Project and all of the educational resources it provides in this

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Technology Proliferation, Influence Ops May Be as Disruptive as COVID-19 > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Defense Department News

The COVID-19 pandemic has been globally disruptive in nearly every facet of life. But other things may prove as disruptive in the future, said leaders of the military intelligence community.

One advancement that may possibly be as disruptive as COVID-19 is the revolution in information technology that’s available to everybody — not just the U.S. and its allies, Navy Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said during an online forum today with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

“It’s this revolution in remotely-sensed and geo-located data, which is available to everyone,” he said. “It’s available to us, but it’s also available to our competitors. [Also] the revolution in smart machines and artificial intelligence — once again, [it’s a] great opportunity for us, but it’s not only our opportunity. That’s the competition space.”

Another area of concern is something

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