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Submission + - Statistical error labels 4700 K-3rd students ineligible for 'Gifted' programs (nytimes.com)

alostpacket writes: The New York times reports that statistical scoring by the standardized testing company Pearson incorrectly disqualified over 4700 students from a chance to enter gifted / advanced programs in New York City schools. Only students who score in the 90th percentile or above are eligible for these programs. Those in the 97th or above are eligible for 5 of the best programs. "According to Pearson, three mistakes were made. Students’ ages, which are used to calculate their percentile ranking against students of similar age, were recorded in years and months, but should also have counted days to be precise. Incorrect scoring tables were used. And the formula used to combine the two test parts into one percentile ranking contained an error." No mention of enlisting the help of the gifted children was made in the Times article, but it also contained a now-corrected error. This submission likely also contains an erro
Android

Submission + - How do users remove CAs from a mobile OS? (pcworld.com)

alostpacket writes: "With all the news recently about Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Apple removing DigiNotar's and possibly some of Commodo's fraudulent certificates from their respective desktop browsers and operating systems, it seems mobile OSes may be more of a challenge.
While it appears some Android apps have sprung up, some of it is apparently early beta software. There is also an issue for Cyanogenmod. With Mobile OS updates few and far between, Google an Apple apparently have not yet commented on the matter. And, while WP7 and RIM devices do not appear to use DigiNotar, one would likely suspect they are equally prone to slow updates should a CA they do use become compromised.
In the meantime, what are users to do to help protect themselves? What steps are even necessary?"

Music

Submission + - Is Spotify the perfect honeypot? (hbr.org)

alostpacket writes: "James Allworth has an article on the Harvard Business Review blog concerning Spotify's potential to become a 'bait-n-switch' scenario. While this could be a concern with any subscribtion-based media service, Allworth contends that 'the way we consume music is fundamentally different to the way we consume movies and TV.' He also points out that bait-n-switch potential is there regardless of Spotify's intentions due to pressure content companies can extert by raising prices or removing songs from your library. This pressure may already be happening in the case of Netflix."
Android

Submission + - Google Q2: 550k Android activations/day, 250k apps (phandroid.com)

alostpacket writes: "Many of the Android sites and blogs are reporting some highlights from Google's Q2 earnings call: Android is now up to 550,000 activations per day. This comes just two weeks after they hit the 500k milestone. Adding to the big number news: 250,000 apps, 6 billion downloads, and $9 billion in revenue ($2.5b net) for Google overall. Apple still maintains the high score in the mobile app game though. They recently reported 15 billion downloads and 350,000 apps. And even may be regaining momentum from developers."

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