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    1. Meet Lumosity's New Boss

      Meet Lumosity's New Boss

      Steve Berkowitz, Lumos Labs' new CEO, oversaw the $1.85 billion sale of Ask Jeeves in 2005.

      The company behind popular "brain game" app Lumosity has a new CEO, and he's no dummy. Although Steve Berkowitz, the incoming leader of Lumos Labs, is best known for overseeing the growth of the For Dummies book series in the 1990s, he's also experienced in scaling tech companies and steering them toward large exits.

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    2. Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

      It has often been said that every company is a software company or even a big data company, but as I attended the Intel Capital Global Summit last week, another thought occurred to me: every company is now also an investment company. The star of the show last week was Intel Capital of course, the venture arm of Intel Corporation, but it’s far from alone. Over dinner strictly by…

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    3. A Conversation With Google’s Director Of Diversity And Inclusion

      A Conversation With Google’s Director Of Diversity And Inclusion

      Google, like most tech companies, has a long road ahead in regards to increasing diversity, and fostering inclusion and belonging. Here are the latest stats around Google’s workforce: 30% women, 70% men globally; 60% white, 31% Asian, 3% black and 2% Hispanic nationwide. This is where Yolanda Mangolini (pictured above, holding the green microphone) comes in. She’s Google’s…

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    4. Today is George Boole’s 200th Birthday

      Today is George Boole’s 200th Birthday

      Today, November 2, 2015, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of George

      Boole, one of the most influential mathematicians of all time – though it would be

      long after his death that his influence would manifest itself, when the growth of

      the modern digital age made significant aspects of our lives boolean. (To the

      degree that adjectival use of his name is no longer capitalized nor in need of

      italicization.)

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    5. Monclarity Raises $5M And Launches Its Brain-Training App Brainwell

      Monclarity Raises $5M And Launches Its Brain-Training App Brainwell

      Startup Monclarity announced today that it has raised $5 million in seed funding from Access Industries. And it recently unveiled Brainwell, a brain-training app available on iOS, Android, Kindle and the web. Now, there’s been a lot of skepticism around brain-training games like Lumosity, particularly after a recent study of the existing research found that these games may improve…

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    6. The Financial Times Partners With Google To Guide Readers Through Europe’s “Hidden Cities”

      The Financial Times Partners With Google To Guide Readers Through Europe’s “Hidden Cities”

      Here’s a fun example of how news publishers can take advantage of technology — the Financial Times just launched a collaboration with Google called Hidden Cities. Brussels is the first city to get the spotlight, with the FT highlighting the city’s “best-kept secrets,” with recommendations for bars, restaurants and other cultural attractions from its correspondents.

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    7. Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

      Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

      For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree’s days alone at the top are most definitely numbered. By 2020, the traditional degree will have made room on its pedestal for a new array of modern credentials that are currently gaining…

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    8. As Rovio Restructures, Angry Bird Alums Launch Lightneer To Build Learning Games

      As Rovio Restructures, Angry Bird Alums Launch Lightneer To Build Learning Games

      Last week, when Helsinki-based Angry Birds publisher Rovio confirmed it would cut 213 jobs, it also said it would shut down its education division, with some of its education employees forming a spinoff. Today, an educational gaming startup called Lightneer is launching in Helsinki. It is not the spinoff Rovio had referred to. But that doesn’t make it any less infused with Rovio…

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    9. Facebook Launches TechPrep To Grow The Pipeline By Empowering Black And Latino Parents

      Facebook Launches TechPrep To Grow The Pipeline By Empowering Black And Latino Parents

      Facebook is launching TechPrep, a new initiative in partnership with McKinsey & Company, to offer resources like tutorials, videos and games for parents to help their kids pursue careers in computer programming. Although TechPrep is generally a resource hub for learners, parents and guardians interested in careers in tech, Facebook is first focusing on communities where there are high…

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