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Investors are willing to buy into Morgan Stanley's fund for indirect Uber equity without seeing financial details for company (New York Times)

TechMeme - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 10:10am

New York Times:
Investors are willing to buy into Morgan Stanley's fund for indirect Uber equity without seeing financial details for company  —  Deal Shows Investors Are Willing to Make a Blind Bet on Uber  —  A deal about to close on Wall Street illustrates just how much some investors are willing to give …

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Massive Layoffs Hit University of Copenhagen

Slashdot - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 9:29am
jones_supa writes: University of Copenhagen is cutting deep into its staff to cut operation costs. Even though a great deal of the savings are aimed at administration and service, they are expected to affect the quality of education and research many years ahead. More than 500 teachers, researchers and employees in service and administrative jobs will be leaving. This corresponds to 7% of all staff. 209 employees can anticipate being laid off, while 323 jobs are either discontinued or terminated via voluntary redundancy. In addition to this, the university will have to reduce its PhD intake by 10% in the coming years. This is the outcome of the government's 2016 budget which imposes huge savings on research and education. As you might remember, we just heard about a similar situation in University of Helsinki in Finland.

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Drag-and-Drop "CS" Tutorials: the Emperor's New Code?

Slashdot - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 8:26am
theodp writes: Teaching kids computer science is a great movement," writes HS senior David Yue, "however, to overly dilute the magnitude of the difficulty in regards to the subject area of coding and to create the illusion of mastering a 'superpower' (Code.org) is a huge mistake. There are many videos and articles on the Internet these days that have demonstrated positive support towards computer science education. Below these articles, one can find many comments, left mostly by parents and supporters. These people usually express how proud they are that their children have an opportunity to learn computer science or how proud they are that computer science is being integrated at a more substantial level into the education system." But Drag and Drop Doesn't = Coding, argues Yue. "Parents and teachers today who aren't technical need to be aware that the drag and drop code or the candy-coated learning process does not effectively teach children programming but eventually causes a huge amount of shock once they are immersed in real code." Yue's Emperor's-New-Code warning comes days before President Obama — a graduate of Code.org's drag-and-drop Disney Princess coding tutorial — asks Congress for $4-billion-and-change in the upcoming budget to fund his "Computer Science for All" K-12 initiative.

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While You Were Offline: Give Jeb a Hand, Folks. Please? A Hand? Folks?

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00am

This week the Internet freaked out over a fake Kanye West magazine cover, a Black Lives Matter activist running for mayor, and who could speak for England.

The post While You Were Offline: Give Jeb a Hand, Folks. Please? A Hand? Folks? appeared first on WIRED.











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Even Obama’s Cray Cray Gas Tax Can’t Fix Our Roads

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00am

The president has proposed a new fee on oil to help fund infrastructure repairs, but even that's not enough.

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The Feds Have to Act to Get America Faster Wi-Fi

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00am

Opening up more unlicensed wireless spectrum could turn Wi-Fi from a service road into a speedway.

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The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00am

The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind.

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Facebook Knocks "Six Degrees of Separation" Down a Few Notches

Slashdot - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 6:19am
mikejuk writes: Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average between Facebook users is just three and a half: "We know that people are more connected today than ever before. Over the past five years, the global Facebook community has more than doubled in size. Today we're announcing that during that same time period, the degrees of separation between a typical pair of Facebook users has continued to decrease to 3.57 degrees, down from 3.74 degrees in 2011. This is a significant reflection of how closely connected the world has become." This may all be true and Facebook makes us better connected, but it leaves the question of the quality of the connections open. Are Facebook friends anything like real friends?

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