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How to boost the health of your sales org by hyping up your sales team (VB Live)

Presented by Dell for Entrepreneurs The quality of your sales force has a direct, accumulating impact on your business as you grow. Check out this VB Live event for key strategies and best practices small- and mid-sized companies need to build a world-class sales organization from the start. Access on demand for free now. What […]

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How Pandora built a successful apprenticeship program

In early 2018, Pandora was in a position many tech companies are facing today. The business was growing quickly, but we couldn’t hire quickly enough to fill all of our open technical roles. We had a robust university recruiting pipeline and had successfully converted a large percentage of summer interns into full-time employees, but even […]

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Age of Learning appoints former Disney exec Paul Candland as CEO

Education tech company Age of Learning, creator of the ABCmouse online learning program, has appointed former Disney executive Paul Candland as its new chief executive officer. Doug Dohring, current the CEO and founder, will become executive chairman. That’s a big step for the edtech company, as Dohring has been in charge for the past 12 […]

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Coursera acquires Rhyme Softworks, unveils Coursera Labs

Coursera, an online learning portal that offers 14 degrees and 3,600 courses from 190 university and industry partners, today announced that it’s acquired Rhyme Softworks, a software startup developing what it describes as a platform for hands-on projects. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said that Rhyme’s soon-to-be-expanded Bulgaria […]

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CodeCombat raises $6 million to teach coding through immersive games

CodeCombat, a platform that helps people learn to code through playing games, has raised $6 million in a series A round of funding led by Hone Capital, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Extol Capital, and OceanOne Capital. Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based Y Combinator alum said it has helped some 12 million students get […]

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AI researchers launch SuperGLUE, a rigorous benchmark for language understanding

Facebook AI Research, together with Google’s DeepMind, University of Washington, and New York University, today introduced SuperGLUE, a series of benchmark tasks to measure the performance of modern, high performance language-understanding AI. SuperGLUE was made on the premise that deep learning models for conversational AI have “hit a ceiling” and need greater challenges. It uses […]

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Google for Education launches originality reports to curb student plagiarism

Google is introducing a handful of updates to its Google for Education program today — including a new tool that helps teachers check students’ work for possible plagiarism. The broader announcement Google is making today relates to Course Kit, a toolkit launched last year that enables teachers to use Google Docs and Drive to collect […]

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Unity releases game design and computer science tools for the classroom

Unity Technologies, the maker of the widely-used real-time 3D game development platform, has launched two new tools for the classroom. Create with Code and Unity Teach are now generally available for students to learn both game design and computer science. Create with Code, the first comprehensive solution for educators to teach computer science using Unity, […]

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Amazon Alexa users can now donate school supplies via voice

Back to school supplies aren’t getting any cheaper. The National Retail Federation estimates that this year parents with children in elementary school and college plan to spend an average of $696.70 (up from $684.79 in 2018) and $976.78 (up from $942.17), respectively. Economically disadvantaged families will necessarily lean on philanthropic givers to bridge the gap, […]

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With 150 million users, Brainly raises $30 million to expand its social learning platform in the U.S.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) social learning platform Brainly  has raised $30 million in a round of funding led by South African internet and media giant Naspers, with participation from Runa Capital and Manta Ray. Founded out of Kraków, Poland in 2009, Brainly targets students in middle school and high school, inviting them to connect with each other […]

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PlayShifu raises $7 million to build educational AR experiences for children

PlayShifu has raised $7 million to create engaging and immersive augmented reality experiences for children that encourage early science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. Chiratae (formerly IDG Ventures India), Inventus Capital, and BIF led the round. The startup, which is based in Bangalore, India and the Bay Area, wants to be a pioneer in […]

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AI generates interesting story endings

Sophisticated natural language processing systems like OpenAI’s GPT-2 can craft speech that’s impressively humanlike, but those same AI often struggle with cogencY and coherency. In particular, they don’t pen compelling conclusions — AI-generated story endings tend to be generic and lacking in context. This shortcoming motivated scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science […]

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AWS and Udacity launch DeepRacer machine learning course and scholarship

Amazon Web Services (AWS) often describes DeepRacer League, which launched in November 2018 at the tech giant’s AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, as the world’s first autonomous racing league open to everyone. But entering the tournament entails devising an algorithm that can successfully drive a 1/18th scale car around a track, which requires a firm grasp […]

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From context to solution, using AI to keep your customer happy

Companies have delved into building bots and other virtual agents that can help support their customers. But at Transform 2019 today, Ryan Lester, senior director of customer experience technologies at LogMeIn, declared that companies must not think about AI from a bot perspective, but from multiple perspectives. The current environment is ripe for better customer […]

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India’s Byju’s education platform raises $150 million round for global expansion

Indian ed-tech firm Byju’s has raised $150 million in funding in a round led by the Qatar Investment Authority. Byju’s recently acquired augmented reality kids game maker Osmo for $120 million, which has a big audience among kids in the U.S., as part of a global expansion. The new round will help Bengaluru, India-based Byju’s expand […]

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Airbnb Homes CTO: There’s AI talent at community colleges, not just elite colleges

Airbnb Homes CTO Vanja Josifovski is urging executives in search of AI talent to look beyond top schools like MIT, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University. “I think you don’t have to go after a few graduates from the best universities in the U.S. to find the people that can do the job for you. […]

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Indian Google antitrust probe was sparked by junior researchers at India’s own competition commission

(Reuters) — Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the country, in what has become another regulatory challenge for the U.S. firm. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a full-blown investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google in […]

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Udacity’s AI generates lecture videos from audio narration

Producing content for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms like Coursera and EdX might be academically rewarding (and potentially lucrative), but it’s time-consuming — particularly where videos are involved. Professional-level lecture clips require not only a veritable studio’s worth of equipment, but significant resources to transfer, edit, and upload footage of each lesson. That’s why […]

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Unity Learn Premium lets professionals learn real-time 3D development

Unity Technologies has announced Unity Learn Premium, an educational program that enables professionals to use the company’s Unity game engine to develop real-time 3D applications that go beyond games. The San Francisco company said that Unity Learn Premium is the most comprehensive source of educational content for professionals and hobbyists looking to advance their Unity […]

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Roblox launches Godzilla deal, global education hub

Roblox has launched a series of updates to its Roblox Education initiative to get kids to learn technical and entrepreneurial skills. And it also has created a partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment to introduce exclusive virtual items for the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Roblox is a kids online world with more than 90 […]

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