Lousy Grades

1_TOP NEWS

How Teachers Would Redesign Zoom 

Many believe that remote learning is an inferior substitute for in-person classes. But class via computers itself is not inherently flawed; it’s the remote platforms that are failing teachers and students. Zoom in particular has been slow to add key educational features. Fast Company asked teachers how they would redesign Zoom.


2_CULTURE

Viral Meltdowns Are All the Rage

 

Videos of people behaving badly have become so popular that filming one another is now a reflexive impulse, The Atlantic reports. Once uploaded, these interactions quickly get reposted by enormous meme accounts, amplified by algorithms, and monetized by sites that specialize in spreading them.


3_BUSINESS

Bumble’s Upcoming Date with an IPO


Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and CEO of Bumble, launched the app in 2014 with the aim of creating a comfortable and empowering online dating space for women. Now, Bumble is reportedly headed toward a $6 billion initial public offering, Business Insider says.


4_STARTUPS

First, Reinvent Online Shopping—and Then Kill the Password


Fast, a one-click checkout system for the entire internet is hoping with a single button to change the way people buy online. But its real goal, reports Protocol, is to be the only login you ever need again.


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5_SOCIAL MEDIA

What Makes TikTok Tick with Kids 

 

TikTok, a social media platform targeted at young mobile phone users, was the most downloaded app in the world in July. Why do kids love it? The answer is multifaceted, writes Penn State professor Kevin Munger on The Conversation.


6_CAPITAL

Patreon Raises $90 Million in New Funding 


Patreon, which lets musicians, writers, actors and other artists get paid directly by fans for content subscriptions, has raised $90 million in new funding at a valuation of $1.2 billion, Axios reports. With the pandemic shuttering traditional performance venues, eliminating live events and slowing the broader economy, creative workers of all stripes are seeking alternative sources of revenue.


7_TECHNOLOGY

Digital Counties Winners Were Prepped for the Pandemic

 

A common theme rises to the fore among the winners in the 18th Annual Digital Counties Survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government. The clear lesson this year is that planning pays off, and often in unexpected ways, Government Technology reports.


8_DESIGN

‘Hidden Gems’ Among Online Design Tools 


Online platforms offer simple functionality, yet often they consist of poorly customizable templates and repetitive styles. Still, writes designer Vera Vashkovska on Dribbble, "there are actually some hidden gems out there." She compiled a list of 10 online design tools you never knew you needed. 


9_DATA

Political Databases Know a Lot About You


If you live in the U.S., you’re almost certainly being tracked by political organizations, the MIT Technology Review reports. They know a lot about you—but some data is just guesswork. 


10_SAY WHAT?

Paper Magic

 

Engineers at Purdue University have developed a simple printing process that renders any paper or cardboard packaging into a keyboard, keypad or other easy-to-use human-machine interface, Science Daily reports. The process eases the fabrication of vertical pressure sensors that do not require any external battery; instead, they harvest the energy from their contact with the user.