Tech Sightings, August 13, 2014

Posted August 13th, 2014 at 2:06 pm (UTC+0)
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 Google Opens Up Classroom Tool for Teachers Worldwide

Google’s Classroom Project, which just completed its first phase, is an online tool designed to encourage teachers to use its services to assign and collect work online. The service is now open for all Google Apps for Education users.

Apple: Mostly Men, Mostly White

Apple’s statistics on employee diversity revealed Tuesday that 70 percent of its worldwide employees are male. The number, which goes up for leadership and tech positions, reflects the  reality of the tech sector in general.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Discusses Tech’s Diversity Gap

A leading voice on Silicon Valley’s diversity issues, Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg talks about diversity challenges in an interview with USA Today.

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Personal data collected by social media giants and start-ups could transform social science research. But manipulating personal data without the consent of users raises a lot of ethical questions.

European Firms Express Concern Over China Antitrust Probes

China’s ongoing antitrust investigations focusing on Western companies are raising concern in Europe. The EU’s Chamber of Commerce says Beijing is using strong-arm tactics and unfairly targeting foreign firms.

Silicon Valley Hotel Unveils World’s First Robot Bellhop

The name’s Botlr. He’s the world’s first robot bellhop, and he just landed a job in Cupertino, California with Aloft Hotels moving items between the hotel lobby and guests’ rooms.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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