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Tech News: Facebook, Microsoft Working to Revolutionize Computer-Science Teaching in UK


Also, what cloud services does Amazon have hidden up its sleeve?

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary on technology every day.

Link: Facebook, Microsoft Helping UK Government Select and Train a New Generation of Computer Science Teachers
"Today the government has revealed another plank in the strategy - announcing measures to attract a new generation of computer science teachers that have the skills to teach bona fide computing, rather than run lessons in how to use Microsoft Word. Slightly ironic, then, that it's getting help from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to overhaul IT teaching.

"As well as working with Microsoft, the government is getting help from Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), IBM (NYSE:IBM), BT Group (NYSE:BT), and other companies for the new Computer Science Initial Teacher Training course. Facebook, Microsoft et al have also been involved in helping draw up a document that sets out minimum requirements for subject knowledge for budding computer science teachers applying to the new training course."

Link: Apple Begins $68 Million First-Phase Development of New Oregon Data Center
"Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally started work on the first-phase of its new renewable data center in Prineville, Oregon, development which is expected to set the company back more than $68 million, the Oregonian reports.

"As Wired points out, the new data center is located on the other side of the highway from Facebook's first energy efficient data center in the same city, serving as the perfect location to set up a facility capable of supporting Apple's 150 million iCloud users."

Link: What 'Unbelievable' New Services Does Amazon Have on Tap?
"Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is not known for tipping its hand about what new cloud services it may have planned. So it was no surprise this week when Amazon CTO Werner Vogels teased Structure Europe attendees with promises of new things to come from Amazon Web Services that 'you wouldn't believe.'

"Pressed for details, Vogels demurred: 'I'm not going to tell you. If Steve Jobs can get away with that, I can.' So, if he's not saying, we're free to speculate. Here are five things to watch for from Amazon over the next few months."

Link: Finally, A Properly Priced Google Chromebook
"On Thursday, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced a new $249 Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) Chromebook, finally delivering a Web-optimized computer at a price that makes sense for consumers.

"The 'new Samsung Chromebook,' as Google executives officially refer to it, will complement the existing $449 Chromebook and the $329 Chromebox computers, both of which are also manufactured by Samsung. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps for Google, told a San Francisco press conference full of analysts and reporters that the new Chromebooks were the first of many more to be launched with a number of partners."

Wired Business
Link: Google's Woes Show Mobile Isn't Just A Facebook Problem
"Facebook's perceived inability to monetize mobile has dogged Mark Zuckerberg's company for its entire existence as a public company. Archrival Google, meanwhile, invented Android, the world's leading smartphone operating system. Google owns mobile.

"But there's a problem: Mobile doesn't pay. At least not as much.

"Analysts placed the blame for Google's disappointing earnings results squarely on mobile - specifically the lower value of mobile ads versus those on laptops and desktops. Google said the average 'cost-per-click' spread across all its ads had fallen by 15 percent compared to the same time last year."
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