EdTechSR Ep 208 North Dakota and Apple

Welcome to episode 208 (“North Dakota and Apple”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 11, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “The Technology Correction,” Apple News, Google Chrome and Chromebook news, and privacy updates, including Chrome’s forthcoming ban of third party browser cookies. Security news included a recent hacker attack of a Florida city water treatment plant, and a damning New York Times op-ed, “How the United States Lost to Hackers,” which details how the focus on offensive cyberattacks by US agencies and military units has opened a pandora’s box of cyber weapon capabilities which is utilized by a variety of nation-state and non-state actors against a wide variety of individuals and groups. Articles about connectivity and space rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a LiveScience article about the use of artificial intelligence to bring statues and images of ancient Roman emperors to full-color life, and the forthcoming second edition of Jason’s favorite book, “Why Don’t Students Like School.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  8. Facebook will test cutting back on political posts in the News Feed (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  9. How the Covid-19 pandemic broke Nextdoor (Recode; 9 February 2021)
  10. Fox News asks for Smartmatic lawsuit over election-rigging claims to be dismissed (Reuters, 8 Feb 2021)
  11. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey wants to build an app store for social media algorithms (Verge, 9 Feb 2021)
  12. The $2.7 Billion Case Against Fox News (NY Times – The Daily, 5 Feb 2021)
  13. Klobuchar targets Big Tech with biggest antitrust overhaul in 45 years (ArsTechnica, 5 Feb 2021)
  14. UAE “Hope” probe successfully reaches Mars, two more following shortly (ArsTechnica, 9 February 2021)
  15. New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  16. Facebook is finally banning vaccine misinformation (Recode; 8 February 2021)
  17. How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse (EdSurge, 8 Feb 2021)
  18. Google Chrome Will No Longer Support Dusty Old Computers From The Mid-2000s (Chrome Unboxed; 9 February 2021)
  19. Google Is Improving Performance For Meet And Zoom On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 4 February 2021)
  20. Google Effort to Kill Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Rolls Out in April (PCMag, 25 Jan 2021)
  21. Google’s next big Chrome update will rewrite the rules of the web (Wired; 2 February 2021)
  22. ISPs step up fight against SpaceX, tell FCC that Starlink will be too slow (ArsTechnica, 9 Feb 2021)
  23. From Myanmar to Kashmir, Unrest Is Met With Internet Blackouts (Voice of America News, 5 Feb 2021)
  24. Hacker modified drinking water chemical levels in a US city (ZDNet, 8 Feb 2021)
  25. How the United States Lost to Hackers (NY Times, 6 Feb 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: AI ‘resurrects’ 54 Roman emperors, in stunningly lifelike images (LiveScience, 28 Sept 2020)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: My favorite book is coming out with a second edition! “Why Don’t Students Like School?

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