The Senate plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify before Congress next month

  • A Senate committee is reportedly planning to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google if the three executives don’t willingly agree to testify before Congress this week, a Senate spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • The committee is holding a hearing on Oct. 1 that’s meant to address Section 230, a law that shields social media companies from being held liable for the content of users’ posts.
  • Democrats have called for Section 230 to be amended to force social media companies to take a firmer stance to moderate hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, while Republicans — including President Donald Trump — have taken aim at the law over perceived anti-conservative bias.

A Senate committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing if they don’t willingly agree to testify of their own accord by Thursday, a Senate committee spokesperson told

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Colleges, universities should watch Google career certificate program

  • Google’s new Career Certificates program is changing higher education by offering a new alternative to traditional university degrees.
  • Students are now facing an increasing number of options for higher education and universities will need to decide how to adapt to a changing market. 
  • Adam Weinberg is the president of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Google recently announced its Google Career Certificates program, and it’s making waves in the pond of higher education. Among its other ambitious undertakings, Google is starting to act like a university, offering short, profession-specific credentials that can be completed in as little as six months.

Want to become a Data Analyst or a UX Designer? How about a Project Manager? Google Career Certificates provides a pathway to these well-paying jobs — no college degree necessary.

Don’t

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This Google app improved reading skills of kids in India

New Delhi: Google said on Tuesday that its Read Along app, which was first launched in India as Bolo in 2018, has been found to improve reading abilities of children in the country.

In an assessment conducted by an independent partner comprising over 3,500 students in three languages and across five states in India, 40 per cent more students who used Read Along saw an improvement of one or more reading levels as compared to students not using the app, Google said.

The study, published by Sattva Consulting this month, revealed that while ‘Read Along’ helps in imparting reading fluency to learners, it also enables development of foundational competencies of Letter and word recognition.

The extent of this development depends on the level of engagement of the learner with the app, showed the results.

“Our internal analysis shows that after reading 100 mins on the app, beginner readers (those who

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Google Kormo Jobs App Launched In India To Help Job Seekers

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Google has been releasing a steady stream of services dedicated to India. The latest one is the Kormo Jobs app, which debuted in Bangladesh back in 2018. The new Kormo Jobs app, as the name suggests helps people create their digital CV and lists jobs.

Google Kormo Jobs App Features

The Kormo Jobs app lets you find recommended jobs, based on the digital CV you create. The platform helps you find the right job, which is handy in these difficult times. Plus, the app also helps you with tools to upgrade your career and add new skills to your profile. As noted, you can create your digital CV and share it with prospective employers or take a print out via the app.

Looking back, the Kormo Jobs platform isn’t entirely new. Google initially brought in a similar experience via the Jobs Spot

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Google Drive is currently down for education customers

Google Drive is currently facing an outage that prevents education customers from accessing their files and folders. Downdetector reports suggest that the issues began sometime at 9:30AM ET and have since increased. Multiple users have also taken to Twitter to report the issues.

The problems seem to be affecting users mostly in the U.S. since most reports seem to be coming from that country. Most users report being unable to access files on their education account, but there seems to be no impact on regular G Suite users or Enterprise customers. The G Suite Status dashboard, however, does not flag outages to any of Google’s services. However, the Google for Education Twitter account has acknowledged that the company is investigating the incident.

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