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‘Two Screens for Teachers’ to supply extra monitors in Seattle and puts out call for help in other cities

By iwano@_84

The two-screen setup of an elementary school teacher in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Two Screens for Teachers)

Remote teaching is about to get a little bit easier for thousands of teachers in Seattle Public Schools. The nonprofit organization “Two Screens for Teachers” announced Tuesday that it’s purchasing a second computer monitor for every teacher who needs one, and plans to deliver about 3,000 monitors at a value of around $430,000.

Started by a small group of Seattle startup veterans, Two Screens for Teachers aims to boost teacher productivity through added technology, helping to make remote instruction less stressful during the ongoing pandemic.

Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu are behind the idea. They previously co-founded Walk Score, a Seattle startup that sold to Redfin in 2014. Their hope is that their latest cause will spread beyond Seattle and they can inspire techies in other cities to purchase monitors for the thousands

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CRA Website Error Puts CRB Applications on Hold

By iwano@_84

It seems like the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Thanksgiving surprise was not that good. Canadians are flocking on to Twitter and other social media sites to discuss the error message on the CRA website. Today, the CRA opened the application window for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). Millions of Canadians logged in only to be disappointed with a message.

The message read, “You cannot apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit as you have applied for all eligible periods. The next periods become available every second Monday.”

And today being Thanksgiving, the CRA contact centre is closed. So, I guess you will have to wait until Tuesday to apply for the CRB. 

The CRA website error on CRB application

The CRA had less than a month to transition millions of Canadians from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to CRB. Also, it had to implement new sickness and caregiving benefits. To

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Adobe puts artificial intelligence tools into its marketing software

By iwano@_84



a close up of a screen: An Adobe Systems Inc software box is seen in Los Angeles


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An Adobe Systems Inc software box is seen in Los Angeles


(Reuters) – Adobe Inc said on Monday that it has put a new set of artificial intelligence tools into its digital marketing software with the aim of helping companies sharpen their marketing campaigns.

Once known for applications like Photoshop, Adobe has become one of the biggest providers of software for running such campaigns, which businesses use to decide which of thousands of images and pieces of written to content to show to potential customers. Growth in its marketing software division has helped send shares up nearly 50% this year.

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The artificial intelligence features released on Monday aid that effort by, for example, scanning and labeling thousand of product images by color and shape, or using natural-language processing technology to read an article to determine its subject.

That makes it easier for marketing campaigns to

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Website fail puts ASX monopoly under scrutiny

By iwano@_84

“This [incident] highlights how important it is for consumers to have access to information,” Mr Matheson said. “Market data is critical, it should not be a monopoly.”

He said Australia should consider reregulating the ASX’s stranglehold over company announcements, similar to reforms in the UK which allow companies to choose between a range of organisations to lodge mandatory disclosures with, such as newswire services.

ASX client and broker OpenMarkets agreed the incident drew attention to the ASX’s problematic monopoly status. “The industry is concerned that ASX has too much power to dictate play and there isn’t much of an opportunity for competitors to create a diverse environment that will ultimately benefit customers,” said chief executive Ivan Tchourilov.

However, he said the market operator was right to make changes to its previous archaic website and that these long-term benefits for investors would outweigh the “unfortunate teething problems”.

John Daly, chief executive

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Quibi’s Slow Start Puts Pressure on Katzenberg to Boost Cash

By iwano@_84

(Bloomberg) — Quibi, one of Hollywood’s most ballyhooed startups, is having a rocky first year.

Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg  envisioned an app that would entertain people during the odd, in-between times in their lives — while commuting, say, or waiting in line at the bank. But when the April launch date arrived, Americans were in lockdown due to the coronavirus, meaning such moments had all but disappeared.

On Sept. 21, the Wall Street Journal reported that Quibi has so far failed to reach its subscriber targets and is working with advisers to assess its options, including a possible sale or a capital raise.  



Jeffrey Katzenberg sitting on a bench: Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg And CEO Meg Whitman Interview


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Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg And CEO Meg Whitman Interview

A lot can change in the future. Quibi could have a wildly popular hit show that lures in millions of new subscribers. A nation of smartphone consumers venturing back into the world could embrace the service as 

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Roland Garros 2020 Puts AI At The Heart Of The Digital Experience As Tennis Fans Stay At Home

By iwano@_84

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has outlined its ambition to be a leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based fan and player experiences at this year’s French Open at Roland Garros, hoping more intelligent digital services will help compensate for the lack of spectators.

This year’s tournament was supposed to take place in early summer but was postponed until this week due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It had been hoped that up to 10,000 fans would be allowed through the gates, but tightened restrictions mean just 1,000 people will set foot on the ground.

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