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In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

What actually happens is that nothing happens. I feel no pressure from the colleges in either direction. My department chairpersons, on those rare occasions when I see them, are friendly, even warm. They don’t mention all those students who have failed my courses, and I don’t bring them up. There seems, as is often the case in colleges, to be a huge gulf between academia and reality. No one is thinking about the larger implications, let alone the morality, of admitting so many students to classes they cannot possibly pass. The colleges and the students and I are bobbing up and down in a great wave of societal forces—social optimism on a large scale, the sense of college as both a universal right and a need, financial necessity on the part of the colleges and the students alike, the desire to maintain high academic standards while admitting marginal students—that have coalesced into a mini-tsunami of difficulty. No one has drawn up the flowchart and seen that, although more-widespread college admission is a bonanza for the colleges and nice for the students and makes the entire United States of America feel rather pleased with itself, there is one point of irreconcilable conflict in the system, and that is the moment when the adjunct instructor, who by the nature of his job teaches the worst students, must ink the F on that first writing assignment.

Draco Malfoy joins 'Pottermore,' gets sorted into Gryffindor

And it seems the series' creator J.K. Rowling, agrees with the Pottermore results — likely meaning that Felton, not Malfoy, is a stand-up chap worthy of sporting crimson and gold alongside Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Windows 10: Microsoft unveils new operating system

Microsoft understands that Windows 8 wasn't well-received by customers, and most of its updates to Windows 10 reflect that. It offers a much more familiar experience to Windows 7 users who never made the jump to Windows 8. But it also brings some innovations to the PC that tablet and smartphone users have become accustomed to. And by adding holographic representations to Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to take Windows to a world beyond screens.

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In boon to content marketing, Flipboard launches 'Promoted Items'

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Exo Zombies invade Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows off the game's upcoming downloadable content, Exo Zombies. Arriving as part of the first content pack, Havoc, Exo Zombies features the voice acting talents of John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal. The Havoc DLC pack will launch on January 27 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Havoc also includes four multiplayer maps, the AE4 assault rifle and Widowmaker custom variant. While the Havoc DLC can be purchased separately for $15, season pass holders will receive the pack at no additional charge. Advanced Warfare 's $50 season pass grants access to three other pieces of downloadable content: Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning. Activision struck a deal with Microsoft to bring Advanced Warfare DLC to the Xbox platforms before it arrives on other systems, so the publisher has yet to offer a release date for Havoc on PS4, PS3 or PC. [Image: Activision] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Havoc DLC)

Microsoft unveils Windows Holographic, HoloLens wearable

At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event , the company unveiled a new VR experience for the platform, calling it the “next step” of computing.

iPhone 6 Plus Sales Boost Apple’s Market Share in Asia As Samsung Continues To Struggle

“No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20 percent market share in the history of Korea’s smartphone industry. It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung. But iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have made a difference here, denting the competition’s phablet sales,” wrote Tom Kang, Counterpoint’s research director based in Korea.

FreedomPop Turns On Unlimited Wi-Fi Across The US For $5/Month

FreedomPop , the startup that is trying to steal users away from mobile carriers by offering free, basic cellular voice and data plans, is adding another string to its bow today: the company is launching a low-cost WiFi service, where a user gets unlimited use of, and automatic sign-on to, 10 million hotspots across the U.S. for $5.

Microsoft Windows 10 Event Liveblog - IGN

Wednesday at 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm GMT, Thursday 4am AET Microsoft will be discussing more details on Windows 10—and we’ll be on site to bring you all the details. If you want to stay in the loop but can’t watch the livestream, keep your browsers pointed at this page: we’ll be liveblogging the event right here.

Piper Announces New Piper NV Home Monitoring System With Night Vision For $269

The Piper NV comes with all the standard features you’d find on the original Piper, which is an all-in-one home monitoring system that handles 180-degree HD video, two-way audio, home automation, and environmental sensors for things like temperature and humidity. But with the Piper NV, users will have new core functionality with the night vision feature as well as a more powerful device generally.

A Quick Guide to Personal Drones

Katie Boehret outlines some basics about personal drones.

Microsoft announces Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4k display with pen input, dual cameras, and microphone array

At its Windows 10 event in Redmond today, Microsoft today unveiled the Microsoft Surface Hub. Microsoft describes this Windows 10 device as an 84-inch 4K display with “integrated compute.”

5 Key Challenges Facing the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things shows every indication of rapidly transforming everything from agriculture to municipal management to energy generation and manufacturing, but it faces five potential obstacles.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Keynote

Join Fast Company's Harry McCracken and Mark Wilson at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Wednesday, January 21, 2014 for live coverage of Microsoft's Windows 10 keynote. The event, held at the company's Redmond, WA campus, will detail plans for Windows on PCs, phones, and other devices, and will feature appearances by CEO Satya Nadella and other executives.

Campus Job Adds Internships, Switches Up Revenue Model Heading Into Summer

Campus Job , the online marketplace for employers looking to find highly skilled part-time employees and brand ambassadors from college, is heading into a busy summer.

Amazon Pulls Its Line of Diapers Less Than Two Months After Launch

The Amazon Elements line of products is only available to Amazon Prime members. The Prime program costs $99 a year and includes two-day shipping for no additional charge and access to a library of streaming music, movies and TV shows. The program, which has tens of millions of subscribers, is critical to the company because Prime customers spend much more in a year than non-Prime subscribers do.

12 'Back to the Future' technologies coming in 2015

In 1989, Back to the Future Part II offered bold predictions for the technologies of 2015. No longer would we heat the oven or tie our own shoelaces — the future looked like a lazy, neon-colored dream. Well, now that we've officially entered 2015, it's time to get pumped for the technology coming this year because movies never lie and you can always trust Doc Brown.

Windows 10 On Mobile Will Include Free Versions Of Word, Excel And PowerPoint

At its Windows 10 event today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 for phones and small tablets (under 8 inches) will include free versions of the core Office apps that were designed for touch: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


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Ex-Hulu CEO Launches Video Subscription Service to Compete With YouTube | WIRED

On Wednesday, Kilar and his company announced that Vessel is opening up a beta service to people interested in trying out his new creation. Basically, the startup has inked deals with notable online video creators like Shane Dawson and Caspar Lee, as well as traditional media companies like A+E Networks and Warner Music Group. These creators will publish their content on Vessel for a minimum of three days before posting it on YouTube or other internet services.

Twitter Officially Launches Its “While You Were Away” Recap Feature

Personally, I think it’s a smart addition, not just for those casual users Twitter is working hard to engage, but also for me. This may alleviate some of the stress when I’m back on Twitter after hours or more away, when I’m torn between thinking, “Oh God, I have to catch up on everything I missed!” and “Screw it, it’s gone now.” This could also mean that you don’t have to worry as much that no one will see your incredibly clever tweet because it went out in the middle of the night.

Win This 3D Projector

You see that wall in your living room? A good projector can turn that entire wall into a huge, high quality screen, making your living room feel like an IMAX theater. And if you’re doing the whole IMAX thing…you might as well do it in 3D right? Well now you can actually make that IMAX-in-your-house dream a reality: we’re giving away a 3D Projector at TNW Deals!

Secret Journal Allegedly Shows Ross Ulbricht Planned a Silk Road Bank | WIRED

Ulbricht’s journal will likely serve as the centerpiece for the evidence the prosecution has assembled to prove the narcotics conspiracy, money laundering, counterfeiting and other charges he faces. Aside from the journal, FBI computer scientist Thomas Kiernan on Wednesday showed pictures he took of Ulbricht’s seized computer showing that he was logged into a Silk Road administrator panel called “mastermind” at the time of his arrest. Prosecutor Howard went on to lay out a maelstrom of evidence pulled from Ulbricht’s laptop, including a PGP private key that had been used for “signing” messages as the Dread Pirate Roberts, html code that matched the code on the Silk Road website, and an application for “economic citizenship” in the Caribbean island of Dominica that had been filled out with Ulbricht’s full details. 1

eBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs and Explore Sale or IPO of Enterprise Unit

EBay said today that it would cut about seven percent of its workforce globally in the first quarter as it looks to reduce costs ahead of its planned spinoff of PayPal. The company also said it would explore a sale or IPO for its eBay Enterprise unit, which provides online and brick and mortar retailers with software tools and warehousing and logistics services.

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That Solar-Powered Plane Is Almost Ready for Its Round-the-World Flight | WIRED

The key to staying aloft for up to five days at a time—necessary when flying across the Pacific at the speed of a professional cyclist—is charging up the batteries during the day time and cruising at up to 28,000 feet. When the sun sets, the plane descends to about 5,000 feet, converting altitude into distance. Also key: the cockpit seat reclines so the pilot can sleep, and doubles as a toilet. All told, Piccard and Borschberg will cover 22,000 miles and spend about 500 hours in the air, the equivalent of three weeks. The 60-person support team will be monitoring weather systems to change the route as necessary.

Windows 10: The big questions ahead | ZDNet

Will Windows 10 reposition Microsoft as an innovator? The company outlined its holographic work and said it would have demonstrations in Redmond for those attending the Windows 10 event. Microsoft said holographic capabilities will be enabled inside Windows 10 devices with APIs. "Want to create a holographic app? Easy. developers: Windows 10 is yours. All universal apps can be made to work with Windows Holographic, said Alex Kipman, technical fellow and engineer credited with creating Kinect. For good measure there's a Microsoft HoloLens headset. See: Microsoft goes hologram happy with Windows 10, HoloLens, HoloStudio

Apple wants to know more about your listening habits

Integrating Musicmetric would possibly help Apple make its own offerings more attractive to artists and labels, which depend on analytics to see how they can make the most of new albums and songs. The future success of music services won’t just depend on attracting as many users as possible, but also making them as attractive as possible for labels and artists. Having a strong analytics platform would help with that.

The next generation of Windows: Windows 10

We have 3 main scenarios in play: an existing PC/laptop running either 8.1 or 7; an existing tablet, running 8.1; or a phone, running Phone 8.1. We know these have different lifecycles and constraints. Most of us keep PCs for many years – often 5 or more. Tablets, we are seeing people keep those for a longer time period as well now, since the innovation pace has dropped. But there is still a fairly good pace of improvement there, so maybe, 3 years. For phones, they have been most rapidly innovating and people have been conditioned by the carriers to expect to upgrade those every 2 years (typical service plan length, and often where you fund the phone hardware over that period). If I compare to a phone, we have Apple upgrading iOS for free, and seemingly, without much effect from the carriers. But even here, we see older phones like the iPhone 3, won’t run iOS 8. Thus in it’s “device lifetime”, its now become not upgradeable. It’s worse on Android, in that both the device maker and the carrier typically need to do things to have it upgradeable. I have an LG G2, there is already a G3, I doubt I will see Lollipop.

Shazam raises $30 million, now valued at more than $1 billion

Music recognition specialist Shazam has raised an additional $30 million from undisclosed investors. The new round of funding propels Shazam’s valuation north of $1 billion and brings the total amount of money raised by the company to around $125 million. Shazam now has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been expanding into both TV show and print content recognition. (If you’re interested in what else is possible with music data, make sure to check out our upcoming Structure Data conference , where we’ll have Spotify’s music scientist Brian Whitman.)

George Lucas: Disney dumped my 'Star Wars' treatments

Remember those story treatments for Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX, which Lucas sold along with his company to Disney for $4.06 billion in October 2012? Turns out they have little, if anything, to do with what we'll see on screen starting in December.

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Google’s Next Telecom Move: Becoming a Wireless Carrier - The Information

The new service is expected run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, two people familiar with the product say. Google is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to those carriers’ mobile voice and data networks, making it a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, they say.

Freshdesk App Updates Make Twitter Customer Support Easier

Freshdesk announced today that it has updated its Android and iOS apps with new features to allow its users to easily respond to customer support issues on Twitter.

The Ultra Long MFi-Certified Cable for Your Micro-USB & Lightning Devices + Free Shipping

This handy 6-foot (1.8 m) long, MFi-certified charging cable will keep your trusted device powered from a distance. No more contorted slouching over that pesky outlet, this must-have cable is compatible with both Lightning devices (aka iPhones + iPads) and Micro- USB devices, such as Android phones and tablets, as well as a ton of other electronics.

Sony, Uber, and Sprint can count themselves among America’s most hated companies

Based on these metrics, Sony, Uber, and Sprint were listed at number 2, 6, and 7, respectively. Sony is pretty high up on the list, in large part due to the recent hack  of its film division, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony’s problems weren’t limited to the hack, however, as the company’s mobile division is likely to report a loss of around $1.7 billion  by March. As a result, Sony will likely scale back its mobile and TV businesses in order to stay profitable as we head into 2015.

Stack Exchange gets $40M to build a storehouse of human knowledge

“As far as I know, only two organizations have succeeded at scale: Stack Exchange and Wikipedia. Stack isn’t as large as Wikipedia on the readership side?—?the topics are more specialized—but, on the contributor side, is closely comparable to Wikipedia. Last year, Stack had… 3.8 million total registered users who contributed over 3.1M questions, 4.5M answers, 2.7M edits, and 17M comments.”

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4 Reasons To Invite HR To Your Strategic Planning Meetings

But what these businesses don’t recognize is how important it is to align the direction of the company with any foreseeable talent needs for the year. Bringing HR in earlier during the strategic planning stages can help ensure that the overall goals of your organization are being supported. Below are four benefits you’ll receive by giving HR a seat at the executive table:

An Adorable-Looking Family Robot Just Raised $25 Million

"Jibo is a natural fit for RRE Ventures," RRE Ventures cofounder and managing partner Stuart Ellman said. "RRE has a long history of discovering category-defining companies in emerging industries and supporting their visionary founders. BuzzFeed in Content 2.0. Makerbot in 3D printing. Venmo in peer-to-peer payments. These ideas seemed crazy at the time. But crazy is a beautiful word at RRE; what's crazy today is in your home tomorrow. That's Jibo."

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A Fake Onion Story About Just Became A Reality

The 2013 Onion story, called " Announces Plans To Develop Original Programming, quoted Overstock's fake "vice president of original programming," Daniel Schulte, as saying "We’re incredibly excited to finally enter the arena of producing high-quality original entertainment, and we look forward to creating some great new comedy, drama, and children’s series that will make a true player in the original programming game.” Pretty on-point.

12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity

In the wake of school killings and cases of police brutality, it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.

10 TED Talks you won't be able to stop thinking about

Once you watch these talks, you may not be able to get them out of your head. These talks have staying power and, as you go about everyday life, we bet you'll find yourself thinking of them often.

51 Microsoft's next OS is Windows 10, will ship later in 2015
52 Social Media Update 2014
53 This Chrome Extension Makes YouTube a Serious Music Player
54 How You Really Sound In Job Interviews
55 Tickets
56 Apple's New Programming Language Is Growing Like Mad | WIRED
57 This app will be your boyfriend for $24.99 a month — calls included
58 Horrifying 'prehistoric' shark species caught in Australian waters
59 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
60 Meet the woman who can’t feel fear
61 Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles | WIRED
62 Building blocks that blink, beep and teach
63 Most Popular Image Hosting Web Site: Google+ Photos
64 The Gathering | Exclusive Marketing Event Honoring Top Cult-like Brands
65 How to topple a dictator
66 Create your dream gadget for our Vine challenge
67 7 'tech superheroes' to watch in 2015 -
68 Crows Understand a Fundamental Part of Logical Reasoning
69 The Most Entrepreneurial Group in America Wasn't Born in America
70 Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs
71 Google could be your next mobile carrier as early as this year
72 WhatsApp is coming to the web
73 SimilarWeb’s New Service Shows Which Apps Are Actually Used, Not Just Installed
74 Thermos-Like Passive Homes Aggressively Save Energy (Video)
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77 Spending On Native Advertising Is Soaring As Marketers And Digital Media Publishers Realize The Benefits
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80 Clones: Identical but Different - OpenMind
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82 Looks Like Apple Will Soon Beef Up Beats With Analytics Tools | WIRED
83 David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence
84 What to expect from Microsoft's Windows 10 event, from Cortana to new browsers
85 SpaceX Raises $1 Billion In New Funding From Google And Fidelity
86 Inside the World’s Most Advanced Coffee Laboratory
87 Ukraine president, at Davos, says 9,000 Russian troops backing rebels in east
88 Your day job could help tackle the black male achievement gap
89 The experienced entrepreneurs club: When age matters
90 Stop the Lies: Facebook Will Soon Let You Flag Hoax News Stories | WIRED
91 2015 Grammy performers: Madonna, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC and more
92 Eigenvectors and eigenvalues explained visually
93 Indiana Jones Gallery
94 Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman
95 How to Travel Abroad With Your Smartphone for Cheap