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London council's special needs inquiry caused by 'systemic failures'

At least 5,000 children seeking special educational needs support (Send) are to have their cases reviewed after a London council landed a stinging rebuke from the local government ombudsman. Concerns about "systemic failures" in Richmond's Send department prompted the watchdog to take the highly unusual step of ordering the full-scale audit. The ombudsman found missing documents, mislabelled files and protocols ignored while looking into three ... Full story

Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails – TechCrunch

Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages on the web for a small percentage of users around the globe, a year after TechCrunch reported it was testing web DMs. When fully rolled out, Instagram tells us its website users will be able to see when they’ve received new DMs, view their whole ... Full story

Kubernetes gets a bug bounty program – TechCrunch

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today announced its first bug bounty program for Kubernetes, the ubiquitous container orchestration system originally built by Google . To run this program, the CNCF is partnering with Google and HackerOne and bounties will range from $100 to $10,000. Kubernetes already has a Product Security Committee that includes engineers from Google’s own Kubernetes security team and there are obviously plenty ... Full story

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We Need STEAM, Not STEM Education, To Prepare Our Kids For The 4th Industrial Revolution

We are at the beginning of a 4 th industrial revolution and educators are faced with preparing a generation of students for many jobs that don’t even exist yet. Since the term STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) was coined back in 2001, there has been growing interest in this learning philosophy to better prepare today's students for tomorrow's jobs. However, to adequately prepare the future workforce, another acronym is gaining ... Full story

Sheffield students paid to tackle racist language

A university is to hire 20 of its own students to challenge language on campus which could be seen as racist. The University of Sheffield is to pay students to tackle so-called "microaggressions" - which it describes as "subtle but offensive comments". They will be trained to "lead healthy conversations" about preventing racism on campus and in student accommodation. Vice-chancellor Koen Lamberts said the initiative wanted to "change the way ... Full story

Could The Israeli Defense Forces Be The Best Training Ground For Entrepreneurs?

Israel produces more startups per capita than any other nation in the world except the U.S.. Its unique startup culture thrives in part thanks to Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) and especially the elite Unit 8200, which specializes in signal intelligence, code decryption and tech-enabled weapons. The new incubator. Photographer: Rina Castelnuovo/Bloomberg © 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP. There may be an advantage in the fact that due to mandatory ... Full story

Medical Robotics Company Names Former Google Cloud COO As CEO

Diane Bryant has been named CEO of Neural Analytics Diane Bryant. Former Google Cloud COO Diane Bryant was appointed as the chairman and CEO of Neural Analytics, a medical robotics company that is developing and commercializing technology to measure and track brain health. Bryant joins Neural Analytics after six months as Google Cloud’s chief operating officer, where she focused on scaling its Cloud platform against fierce competition from ... Full story

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