Google launches Meet breakout rooms for small group discussions

Huge online classes can be overwhelming, not just for teachers but also for students who learn better when interacting with others. To help solve that problem, Google has launched a new Meet feature called “breakout rooms,” which would give educators a way to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls. At the moment, the feature is exclusively available to Enterprise for Education customers, but the tech giant says it will be available to more users (including Education and standard Enterprise customers) later this year.

Google said the ability to group people and put them smaller rooms was highly requested, since it has the potential to increase engagement by allowing simultaneous small group discussions. The call’s creator can make up to 100 breakout rooms in a call. Participants will be randomly and evenly distributed across the rooms, but the organizer can manually move them into different rooms if needed. Moderators

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Facebook launches bug bounty ‘loyalty program’

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Social media behemoth Facebook launched today Hacker Plus, the first-ever loyalty program for a tech company’s bug bounty platform.

Designed after the loyalty programs used by airlines and hotels, Facebook said Hacker Plus would provide extra bonuses and special perks to bug hunters based on their past reports.

Any researcher who submitted or submits bugs to Facebook’s bug bounty program is automatically included and ranked inside the Hacker Plus loyalty program.

Facebook said it plans “regularly evaluate” security researchers’ performance based on the cumulative quantity, score, and signal-to-noise ratio of their bug submissions over the last year.

Based on the scores, bug hunters will be placed inside one of five tiers (leagues): Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Each tier comes with its own benefits. The most common benefit is an added bonus for successful bug submissions.

“Starting at 12:00 a.m. UTC on October 9, 2020, bounty

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Google Pixel 4a launches in India, takes on the OnePlus Nord

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  • The Pixel 4a was first announced in August 2020.
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 730G, the phone has the same main camera as the flagship Pixel 5.
  • The phone goes on sale for Rs 29,999 starting October 16.

Google’s mid-range Pixel 4a was first announced back in August, and the company had promised that the phone will launch in India later in the year. True to its claims, the Pixel 4a is finally making its debut on Indian shores, two months after its global launch.

The Pixel 4a is powered by a Snapdragon 730G chipset paired up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Users get a 5.81-inch OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 as well as a 3,140mAh battery that can be fast charged at 18W.

The real upsell, of course, is the superlative imaging experience offered by the sole 12.2MP camera as we talk about in our Pixel

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Questionmark Launches Ready-Made Assessments to Help Employers Identify Staff Strengths and Weakness and Improve Performance

  • Tests cover compliance, sales & marketing, and transferable skills

  • Better skills assessments help employers make more informed people decisions

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has launched a new ready-made assessment offer that helps employers assess the business skills of their people. The tests cover compliance, sales and marketing, and transferable skills.

Questionmark has developed the tests in response to demand from customers who wanted help to identify strengths and address areas of risk or weakness across specific skills and functions.

The launch is part of the firm’s strategy to provide an end-to-end assessment service for customers. It complements Questionmark’s enterprise-grade assessment platform. It follows the launch of Questionmark’s professional services, where the firm provides a range of consultancy and training services to help customers get up to speed on the platform.

Assessments available through the new offer will include:

Compliance tests

Employers often struggle to identify what regulations and compliance

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Foreside Launches New Technology Solutions for Registered Investment Advisors, Broker Dealers, and Asset Managers

Foreside Launches New Technology Solutions for Registered Investment Advisors, Broker Dealers, and Asset Managers

Products address Code of Ethics and personal account monitoring, best execution, education and training, advertising reviews, and cybersecurity

Foreside Financial Group, a global provider of regulatory and compliance service and technology offerings for firms in the global asset and wealth management industry, is introducing a robust collection of technology-based compliance solutions, all accessible via an expanded client portal. Each new solution is designed to streamline compliance and create efficiencies by employing the latest technology available to meet the unique needs of its individual clients.

Foreside is launching several solutions that will improve the compliance function in vital areas such as personal account monitoring, best execution review, delivery of education and training to staff, advertising and marketing review, and cybersecurity. Select solutions are capable of integrating with an advisor’s current portfolio management platform.

“We pride ourselves in

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Common Sense Launches ‘Which Side of History?’ Campaign to Challenge Leaders to Reverse the Harm Tech Is Having on Democracy and Our Lives

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today Common Sense, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families in the digital world, launched Which Side of History?, a campaign to hold Big Tech accountable for sowing mistrust and spreading misinformation, threatening free and open societies, exacerbating the gap between rich and poor, creating an unequal society, and leaving an entire segment of the population behind.

Anchored by Common Sense founder and CEO James P. Steyer’s newest book, Which Side of History?: How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives (available October 13, 2020), the campaign convenes leading experts and Big Tech antagonists, such as Franklin Foer,Thomas Friedman, Shaun Harper, Julie Lythcott-Haims,Roger McNamee,Shoshana Zuboff, and others for a series of live virtual events to examine the impact of the tech sector on

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South Korea launches antitrust probe into Google

South Korea has launched an antitrust probe into Google over its plan to enforce its 30-percent Play Store commission by disallowing any apps circumventing its payment system, a top official said Thursday.

Google has always required apps offered on the Play Store’s virtual shelves to use its payment system, which takes an industry-standard 30 percent cut — the same as Apple does.

The company has been lax about enforcing the rule, however, unlike Apple — which is currently involved in a legal battle with the owners of the Fortnite game series after banning the app when developers allowed users to circumvent the payment system.

The internet giant said last month the new policy — set to take effect next year — applies to fewer than three percent of developers with apps in the Play Store.

But the announcement prompted a backlash from South Korean app developers, who say the new

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Future Energy Ventures Launches With Euro 250 Million Portfolio

BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 8, 2020–

Future Energy Ventures, a venture capital platform that invests in the digital technologies and digital business models redefining the energy landscape, has launched with €250 million invested capital in its portfolio. The new fund is the venturing and collaboration platform of the energy company E.ON investing in digital and digitally enabled technologies that have the potential to redefine the future energy landscape – providing funding, mentoring and connections to accelerate their growth trajectory.

The launch of Future Energy Ventures follows the completion of E.ON’s acquisition of innogy and brings together an enviable level of expertise and experience in investing and scaling future energy focused start-ups from across the E.ON and innogy venturing teams to create an industry leading venturing platform.

The fund, which is led by Ines Bergmann-Nolting and Jan Lozek, focuses on digital, scalable and asset-light businesses transforming the energy ecosystem seeking Series A and

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Fed Govt launches new science, technology policy

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

 

 

THE Federal Government  has launched a National Policy to reposition technical and vocational education.

The government said science and technology education would drive national growth and development.

Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu noted that the absence of a roadmap for science and technical education had slowed the country’s pace in technological development.

Adamu, who was represented by his Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said prior to Nigeria’s independence when science education was incorporated into the education curricula, the country was without a national policy to, specifically, direct and propel science and technical education.

“It is heartwarming that this anomaly is being addressed with the approval granted by the National Council on Education (NCE) for a national policy on Science, and Technology Education (S&TE), which is in our hands.

“This development is not only significant, but also a landmark achievement by the Federal Government . It

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