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Education Secretary Duncan will leave in December. John B. King Jr. will take over. King attended Phillips Andover but rebelled against its rules and was expelled in his junior year. He moved in with his uncle in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he applied and was accepted to Harvard University. In November 2014, the NY state teachers’ union called for his resignation.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_King%2C_Jr.>

An accessibility visualization toolkit helps visualize accessibility violations (and successes), while educating on best practices by @jdan
<http://khan.github.io/tota11y/>

New grants under the Charter Schools Program to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools — $125 million to eight states and $32 million to 12 charter management organizations that serve students from low-income families
<http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-contributes-improving-charter-schools-sector>

 

#FINLIT

“Unicorns are over. It’s all about decacorns now. Companies that are worth tens of billions of dollars.”

The $100,000 job: Be an apprentice
“Apprenticeship is the other college, except without the debt,”
<http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/01/news/economy/america-job-skills-gap-apprentice/index.html>

Strengthening the Student Loan System to Better Protect All Borrowers
<http://www2.ed.gov/documents/press-releases/strengthening-student-loan-system.pdf>

Swiss watchdog opens bank probe into precious metal collusion. The Swiss competition watchdog has launched an investigation into possible collusion in the precious metals market by several major banks, it said on Monday, the latest in a string of probes into gold, silver, platinum and palladium pricing.
<http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RS0DX20150929>

Credit Suisse granted exemption to continue U.S. pension business
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday said it granted Credit Suisse Group AG an exemption from certain restrictions stemming from its guilty plea to helping Americans evade taxes, effectively allowing the bank to continue to manage $2 billion in U.S. retirement money.
<http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RV54L20151001>

JPMorgan to pay most in $1.86 billion swaps price-fixing settlement. JPMorgan Chase & Co is set to pay almost a third of a $1.86 billion settlement to resolve claims that a dozen big banks conspired to limit competition in the credit-default swaps market
<http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RV5OC20151001>

Adblock sold… to Adblock Plus. <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/02/adblock_flogged_off_to_mystery_buyer/>
#TECH

Twitter may go more than 140 limit
<http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/29/us-twitter-characterlimit-idUSKCN0RT2BD20150929>

The Twitter Government and Elections Handbook – so they don’t embarrass themselves!
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5L6chr0QvNzcy1SS09lUzhwSXM/edit?pli=1>

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips: Expecting 7x power savings or speed increase:
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/science/ibm-scientists-find-new-way-to-shrink-transistors.html>

The 2015 Chromecast and Chromecast Audio: Small blips in the stream
<http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/10/the-2015-chromecast-and-chromecast-audio-small-blips-in-the-stream/>

Samsung TVs may be using energy efficiency ‘defeat devices’ no reduction in power consumption has been registered under real-world viewing conditions
<http://www.rt.com/business/317363-samsung-tv-tests-cheat/>

Skype’s Star Trek-style translator is now available to all Windows users
<http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/10/01/skypes-star-trek-style-translator-is-now-available-to-all-windows-users/>

Corporate tax dodging is ‘corruption’: World Bank chief <http://www.france24.com/en/20151001-corporate-tax-dodging-corruption-world-bank-chief>

#PRIVACY

NSA’s Legal Authorities
overview will show which laws and regulations govern the operations of the NSA, showing what they are allowed to collect where and under which conditions. Also mentioned are various collection programs that run under these authorities.
<http://electrospaces.blogspot.com/2015/09/nsas-legal-authorities.html>

DHS detains Stockton mayor, forces password turnover
The Mayor of Stockton Mr. Silva was not allowed to leave the airport until he gave his passwords to the agents, which the mayor’s personal attorney, Mark Reichel, claimed is illegal. “I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy,” he said.
<http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Stockton-mayor-was-briefly-detained-on-return-6546419.php>

Hitachi says it can predict crimes before they happen
This is really really really bad use of technology and not just for the harm potential.
<http://qz.com/513125/hitachi-says-it-can-predict-crimes-before-they-happen/>

A handful of technologists are slated to embed with members of Congress next year as part of a fellowship at New America’s Open Technology Institute. In its infancy, the the program will only place about three individuals with technology backgrounds into congressional offices. But the Open Technology Institute said it is the first of “several new projects” in the area.
<http://thehill.com/policy/technology/255630-tech-fellows-to-embed-with-congress>

CIA pulls staff from China after hack
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34411726>
#HISTORY HUMANITIES, SOCIAL STUDIES

On September 22, 1883, at which time St. Edward’s Catholic Church became the first church in the world to have electric lighting
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamokin,_Pennsylvania>

Must see: Rare Film Is Glimpse Of A Distant America
<http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/02/442317667/rare-film-is-glimpse-of-a-distant-america>

Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music®
<http://www.folkways.si.edu/anthology-of-american-folk-music/african-american-music-blues-old-time/music/album/smithsonian>
<http://www.harrysmitharchives.com/>

Florida Folklorist seeks to preserve history
<http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/28/florida-folklorist-seeks-preserve-history/72976738/>

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation
<http://www.greenwichmusicdoc.com/>

The Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga”, is usually translated into English as “cosiness”. But it’s much more than that, say its aficionados – an entire attitude to life that helps Denmark to vie with Switzerland and Iceland to be the world’s happiest country.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791>
#SCIENCE

Theoretical Physicist Finds Computer Code in String Theory
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMlUepVgbA&t=228>
<http://www.transients.info/2015/09/theoretical-physicist-finds-computer.html>

@nntaleb Completed Chapter on Stubborn Minority Rules: ByeBye to GMOs, explains spread of Islam, functioning of markets,etc. An elementary point about asymmetric
choices.
<https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/50282823/minority.pdf>

Diabetes, obesity linked to chemical exposure – Endocrine Society
<https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/current-press-releases/chemical-exposure-linked-to-rising-diabetes-obesity-risk>

Plastic in Thames fish is a wake-up
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34408414>

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