Microsoft announces new application for HR organizations powered by LinkedIn

Microsoft says it will start integrating Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn's Sales Navigator in July and announces new HR app called Dynamics 365 for Talent

You don’t have to look far to find companies that are disrupting their industries by applying software and technology to transform customer experiences, improve operations and create new opportunities.

As the rate of disruption increases, customers are looking to transform the very nucleus of their companies – the business processes and systems used to run operations, connect with customers and manage teams – to drive better business outcomes. But many of those systems, particularly the CRM and ERP systems of the past, are siloed, complicated and outdated. The result: Customers are slowed down by fragmented, disconnected and unintelligent business applications that don’t give them a holistic view of their business.

We believe there is a better way. Last July we introduced Dynamics 365, powered by Microsoft Azure, turning what was rigid and disconnected into a set of intelligent cloud services that allow any business to start small with just what it needs, scale on demand as its needs grow and add additional solutions as its needs change. With Dynamics 365 we deliver modern, intelligent experiences and services that connect all the data across your enterprise to help you make better, faster decisions and achieve optimal outcomes.

Since then we’ve seen customers like HP, AccuWeather, Ecolab, Helsana and the Renault Sports Formula One Team transform their businesses using Dynamics 365. Today we’re excited to share the new capabilities our teams have been working on and how they can help you transform your business.

Read more's CEO is ‘heartbroken’ that users are upset their data was sold to Uber CEO says it's “heartbreaking” that users are upset sold their anonymized email data to Uber

Our users are the heart of our company and service. So it was heartbreaking to see that some of our users were upset to learn about how we monetize our free service.

And while we try our best to be open about our business model, recent customer feedback tells me we weren’t explicit enough.

Sure we have a Terms of Service Agreement and a plain-English Privacy Policy that our users agree they have read and understand before they even sign up, but the reality is most of us -
myself included - don't take the time to thoroughly review them.

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Netflix to raise $1 billion in foreign debt financing for content and more

Netflix to raise $1B through debt offering to fund new content and other “strategic transactions”

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other considerations, €1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes (the "Notes") through an offering outside the United States to non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act.

The interest rate, redemption provisions, maturity date and other terms of the Notes will be determined by negotiations between Netflix and the initial purchasers.

Netflix intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

LinkedIn now has 500 million active users

LinkedIn says it now has 500M members in 200 countries, up from 467M in October 2016; it has 9M+ companies and 10M+ jobs listed  

LinkedIn: We recently crossed an important and exciting milestone. We now have half a billion members in 200 countries connecting, and engaging with one another in professional conversations and finding opportunities through these connections on LinkedIn.

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Twitch Launches Affiliate Program To Let Non-Partners Earn Cash

Twitch launching an invite-only affiliate program allowing non-partnered channels to earn revenue, starting with chat-based “Cheering with Bits” tipping feature

Introducing the Twitch Affiliate Program, which helps us expand that commitment to include tens of thousands of non-partnered creators. The program allows eligible streamers to start earning income on Twitch while building their audience, and provides a stepping stone to bridge the gap between emerging streamer and Twitch Partner. At launch, Affiliates will be able to start using Cheering with Bits on their channel so their communities have an on-platform choice for showing support.

YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ+ videos

YouTube says 12M videos, including those with LGBTQ+ topics, are now available in Restricted Mode after fix, adds way to report videos wrongly excluded

Youtube: It’s been a few weeks since we posted about Restricted Mode so we wanted to give everyone an update on where things are. Restricted Mode is designed to be an optional feature that helps filter out more mature content from view, so that institutions like schools and libraries as well as people who prefer a more limited experience would feel comfortable offering access to YouTube. We want to clarify that Restricted Mode should not filter out content belonging to individuals or groups based on certain attributes like gender, gender identity, political viewpoints, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 53

Mozilla releases Firefox 53 with two new themes, separate graphics process on Windows that utilizes system's GPU, reader mode, no support for Windows XP, Vista 

Today's Firefox release makes Firefox faster and more stable with a separate process for graphics compositing (the Quantum Compositor). Compact themes and tabs save screen real estate, and the redesigned permissions notification improves usability. 
Today’s release of Firefox includes the first significant piece of Project Quantum, as well as various visible and the under-the-hood improvements.

The Quantum Compositor speeds up Firefox and prevents graphics crashes on Windows

In case you missed our Project Quantum announcement, we’re building a next-generation browser engine that takes full advantage of modern hardware. Today we’re shipping one of the first important pieces of this effort – what we’ve referred to as the “Quantum Compositor”.

Some technical details – we’ve now extracted a core part of our browser engine (the graphics compositor) to run in a process separate from the main Firefox process. The compositor determines what you see on your screen by flattening into one image all the layers of graphics that the browser computes, kind of like how Photoshop combines layers. Because the Quantum Compositor runs on the GPU instead of the CPU, it’s super fast. And, because of occasional bugs in underlying device drivers, the graphics compositor can sometimes crash. By running the Quantum Compositor in a separate process, if it crashes, it won’t bring down all of Firefox, or even your current tab.

In testing, the Quantum Compositor reduced browser crashes by about 10%. You can learn more about our findings here. The Quantum Compositor will be enabled for about 70% of Firefox users – those on Windows 10, 8, and 7 with the Platform Update, on computers with graphics cards from Intel, NVidia, or AMD.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

School Streamlining Explored

In this day and age teaching is harder than ever before. Funding cuts are about, meaning less teachers have to teach more students whilst being constantly buffeted to increase the grades to make the school look better. Due to various gaps in funding, teachers are having to take on additional responsibilities. This could be the running of after school clubs, funding drives, mentoring, online teaching, the list goes on. It is harder than ever to teach well when so saturated with work that sometimes means when you get home after a hard day's work you are left working until around nine or ten. There is no true answer to dealing with this. It is a fact of the teaching life. However there are ways to make it easier for yourself. Streamline your work for success. You may not agree with some of the following tips, while you may already subscribe to some of them. Read on, and see whether some of them are right for you and your teaching style.

The first thing you need to do is think about your additional commitments and see how you can make it easier, simpler, and better managed. You may need the help of your superior to okay these, yet if well presented you should not see too much opposition. If you are struggling with different elements of the management of the school, then you can find some top school management software here. Streamlining all kinds of management can save not just you but your fellow teachers more time especially if you have been called upon to do extra work. You also need to look at your time management. So if you are teaching and have a spare twenty minutes as the children work, don’t be afraid to work on something else. Be brutal with your time. If you are overworked you have the right to be.

There are ways when you can essentially cheat out on lessons. The internet is a stunning resource and you can find all kinds of tips and tricks, lesson plans and lesson ideas that you can essentially steal. It is frowned upon, but if you are teaching the kids in the same way does it really matter so much? Be careful, put these resources into what you have created yourself so they are harder to spot in the case of a snap inspection. This makes everything easier and less problematic. Work with your other teachers in the sharing of resources.

Come up with a logical plan to present to your superior. Talk to some other professionals in your department and present it. If you are coming up with solutions you are essentially doing all you can to help the school out of the current situation. Consider highlighting overstaffed departments and how they can help you teach the younger ages. This will give you more time to look into the other, more challenging ages to teach. It is all about freeing up some time for yourself. If your superiors don’t understand that then there will be serious issues in your school.

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Twitch Will Soon Offer New Subscription Levels

Twitch expands viewer subscriptions with $9.99/month and $24.99/month tiers, now an opt-in beta for partners

Twitch: We’re introducing two additional ways for communities to support their favorite partnered streamers: $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions. These new subs allow you to support streamers you love, while Partners are able to reward their super fans with perks like special emotes. This program will be launching soon as an opt-in beta

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