Summary of “How Google Took Over the Classroom”

Although business practices like encouraging educators to spread the word to their peers have become commonplace among education technology firms, Google has successfully deployed these techniques on a such a large scale that some critics say the company has co-opted public school employees to gain market dominance.
Mr. Nelson, the former education official in Oregon, reported similar frustrations over student privacy when his state negotiated a contract with Google.
Mr. Bout of Google said that the tech company had “Always taken the compliance needs of our education users seriously.” He added that “Even early versions” of the company’s agreements for its education apps had “Addressed” the federal education privacy law.
Since adopting Google apps, Chicago schools have saved about $1.6 million annually on email and related costs, a district spokesman said.
Google then enlisted Mr. Tidmarsh, who now works in technology at a health care company, to share his enthusiasm by contributing to a Google blog.
In the post, Mr. Tidmarsh described creating 270,000 school Google accounts.
In 2012, as part of her effort to become a Google Certified Innovator in education, she said, she came up with the idea of having Chicago Public Schools hold a free conference – called Googlepalooza – to train teachers on Google’s tools.
In the fall of 2011, Google invited school administrators to its Chicago office to meet Mr. Casap, hoping to interest them in Chromebooks.

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The announcement of Apple’s music bumpin’ HomePod means you might be reconsidering which streaming service you use.
Of course, not all music services are created equal.
It’s the only music streaming service that will work with Apple’s HomePod speaker, making it the only choice if you want to use it to blast tunes from anywhere besides your iTunes library.
Apple Music isn’t supported on voice assistant devices, and more speakers support services like Spotify or Pandora.
Google’s Play Music! You can add up to 50,000 of your own tunes to your account and stream them anywhere.
Google would be doing itself a service by integrating audiobooks into its Play Music service.
Its paid service, Groove Music Pass, starts at $9.99 per month after a 30 day free trial.
Its upcoming artist section, Tidal Rising, highlights up and coming musicians looking to break into mainstream, which is arguably the best and most intriguing aspect of any music streaming service.

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Summary of “24 Hours with Rams Coach Sean McVay”

After seven years in Washington, the last three as Jay Gruden’s offensive coordinator, a soon-to-be 31-year-old Sean McVay took over the Los Angeles Rams in January, becoming the youngest head coach in NFL history.
Los Angeles, Calif.May 24, 2017.9:43 p.m. PT. Sean McVay answers the door to his contemporary-style house in Encino Hills, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley northwest of downtown L.A. He moved in a few weeks earlier.
McVay, drinking black coffee and a sparkling water, is at his desk watching clips of plays from Atlanta and Washington that he’ll be installing today for his young Rams offense.
It’s all McVay will consume for the next eight hours.
McVay stands in the back alongside cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant.
“But he was so confident about it,” McVay later recounts for Veronica and friends, “That I paused and thought, ‘son of a gun, am I wrong about the two C’s?”. 24 HOURS WITH … JOHN LYNCH: A whirlwind draft day for the new Niners GM. Towards the end of the meeting, McVay goes through a tight red zone route combination.
“You know those three things we have. Coach Wade Phillips, what’s one of those three things?” McVay keeps pacing, knowing his renowned veteran defensive coordinator will answer quickly and get the ball rolling.
One player McVay calls on consistently is Robert Woods, a free-agent wide receiver formerly with the Bills.

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Summary of “LaVar Ball Is Just Another Guy in the Herd”

As a former agent and team executive, I have no problem with LaVar Ball … yet.
This herd, which I also have referred to as the “Whisper crew,” consists of but is not limited to: parents, siblings, cousins, advisors, wives, girlfriends, high school or AAU coaches and assorted friends and associates from the player’s childhood, college or more recent times.
Agents serve many roles; one increasingly important role has become serving as the “No guy.” Players are constantly approached with requests for any number of things, from ticket requests to loans to business opportunities, etc.
Absent a strong figure in the player’s life to play this role, it becomes the agent’s job to be the “No guy,” to swat away requests that aren’t in the best interests of the player.
Speaking of agents, LaVar will be running that show as well, having formed Ball Sports Group with fledgling agent Harrison Gaines joining the team.
The LaVar Ball situation is not unique; it just comes with a higher profile, juiced by being in this age of constant media.
During my time with the Packers, I had a few interactions with family members calling to voice complaints about a variety of issues ranging from playing time to more personal concerns.
UCLA coach Steve Alford said that LaVar did stay out of Alford’s lane this past season, telling the LA Times: “He was terrific. He let me coach his son, didn’t get in the way at all.” While being deferential may seem a challenge for someone with as much gusto as LaVar, my sense is that he gets it.

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Summary of “Washington’s Never Seen Anything Like the Comey Crisis. Or Has It?”

TH: What happened to change the FBI’s focus away from that original intent?
Statutorily, the FBI is part of DoJ. But there is a reason its DC headquarters is located equidistant between the White House and the Capitol.
At the time of Hoover’s death, the FBI was inside the Justice Department building.
With all due respect to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, it was the FBI that brought down Richard Nixon.
Twelve years later it was the FBI that served search warrants and subpoenas on members of Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council after the Iran-Contra imbroglio.
A decade later, it was the FBI, in the form of a subpoena to the White House physician who drew blood from the arm of President Bill Clinton for DNA evidence to match the famous blue dress of Monica Lewinsky, that proved he committed perjury and led to his impeachment in the House.
TW: Yes, Trump has the power to fire the FBI director.
Let’s not forget what the smoking gun tape of Nixon was: an attempt to get the FBI to stop the Watergate investigation dead in its tracks.

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Summary of “Grail’s $1 Billion Bet on the Perfect Cancer Test”

The posters in the clinic at Gibbs Cancer Center, a regional hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina, say “Help Stop Cancer.” Volunteers who agree to donate blood will receive a $25 gift card and their donation will help “Determine if a new blood test can be used to detect cancer earlier.”
About 650 of those women, cancer statistics forecast, will go on to develop breast cancer within a year of entering the study.
Grail will then analyze their banked blood to determine whether a DNA test could have correctly “Predicted” their cancer from a blood draw.
Grail is headed by Jeff Huber, a former Google software executive whose wife, Laura, died of colorectal cancer shortly before he joined the company as CEO. Laura’s death, one of approximately eight million from cancer that year around the world, provides moral direction for Grail, and her $2 million insurance bill explains its economic rationale.
Aiming straight for an early-detection test is like “Going to the top of Everest without passing through base camp,” says Helmy Eltoukhy, head of Guardant Health, a competitor that has raised nearly $600 million and sells blood tests to people with cancer so they can pick the right drug.
Some tests began showing odd results-in fact, they had cancer, and the baby test was picking it up.
Luis Diaz, a cancer scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, thinks that in 35 to 40 percent of cancer types there’s essentially nothing to find early-on because they don’t shed enough DNA into the blood.
What if it’s expensive and only for rich people? What happens to people who don’t have much access to cancer care? What’s more, in the real world, finding cancer early sometimes has doubtful benefits.

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Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony was released yesterday in written form ahead of his hearing today.
Ever need to tell a story? Use these tips to tell it like James Comey.
Comey could have spent hundreds of words describing why he’s testifying and how he prepared his statement.
Comey does have background to deliver-when and why he started keeping records of the conversations, for example-but he drops it into relevant points of the story as he’s telling it.
Comey describes five conversations, and for each, he sets the scene.
Real life is messier, but I get the sense from reading Comey’s document that he is laying the groundwork for future scenes that may or may not surface.
The events Comey describes span several months, and they include what must have been lengthy meetings, briefings, and dinners.
Comey skips over the yawn-inducing and/or classified parts, but slows down for a careful play-by-play of the important stuff.

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Summary of “The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them”

Using each of these functions effectively is critical if one wants to manage information overload simply using your brain for crossing items off your to-do list is poor use of a very sophisticated machine.
The six principles below can serve as a guide to the proper brain hygiene for managing information overload on a busy work day.
Training your brain for local feedback makes it a more efficient multitasker, allowing it to manage more information and do more tasks as well.
Proactive filtering is a kind of preparation for your brain.
Turning the blender on: You can make space in your brain by connecting ideas.
Activate the recycling machine: Your brain consumes 20% of the body’s energy even though it only uses 2% of the body’s volume.
Building time in your day to take your mind off your work will help to rejuvenate your brain.
Practice using these techniques often, and you will likely increase your brain’s efficiency significantly, and you may improve your quality time at home as well.

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“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us-or a wise human being, even-and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions-instead of our own.” -Meditations 12.4.
“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others. If then a god or a wise teacher should present himself to a man and bid him to think of nothing and to design nothing which he would not express as soon as he conceived it, he could not endure it even for a single day. So much more respect have we to what our neighbors shall think of us than to what we shall think of ourselves.” -Meditations 12.4.What It Means.
Whether we like it or not, we’re strongly swayed by what others believe, even though our own opinions of ourselves should at least be held in equal regard.
What to Take From It. Acknowledge that your opinion of yourself and the things you like matter-maybe not to the world at large, but at least to you.
Stay aware and try to notice when others’ opinions seem to be overpowering your own.
Be swayed not by those opinions, but only the facts when they are presented to you well.
It’s okay if it’s different; there’s no right and wrong in the realm of opinion.
Your voice should be just as valuable as any other in your own mind.

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Summary of “Three new discoveries in a month rock our African origins”

Four years ago, the story of modern human origins seemed fairly simple.
The last month has seen more shake-ups to the modern human origins story than any time I can remember.
Who were these early modern humans? Genetics tells us that the ancestry of African groups is like a river delta, spreading from some 260,000 years ago up to the present.
Old excavations carried out in the 1960s had produced parts of three skulls and some other human bones.
Do these fossils fit into the origin of modern humans somehow? Anthropologists are unanimous that the braincases of the Jebel Irhoud skulls don’t look much like modern humans.
Hublin is proposing a big idea: These skulls, together with the whole population of Africa at the time they lived, was on the road to modern human origins.
In Hublin and colleagues’ “Pan-African” hypothesis, every African fossil that had parted ways with Neanderthals is part of a single lineage, a stem population for modern humans.
Morphology does not tell the story of modern human origins.

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