Sony Will Amend Seth Rogen’s The Interview After North Korean Threats

Originally posted on TIME:
Executives at Japanese-owned Sony Pictures appear to have yielded in the face of increasing anger from North Korea over an upcoming comedy flick, The Interview, writes the Hollywood Reporter. The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and much to Pyongyang’s dismay its plot follows two American broadcast journalists who are…

Amazon to readers: You should email Hachette’s CEO and CC us

Originally posted on Gigaom:
On Sunday, a letter denouncing Amazon’s tactics in the ongoing negotiations between it and book publisher Hachette will run as a paid, full-page advertisement in the New York Times. Signed by more than 900 authors, the “Authors United” letter calls Amazon (s AMZN) out for blocking sales of Hachette titles, singling out…

I took Duolingo’s standardized language test of the future on my phone

Originally posted on Gigaom:
Standardized tests are part of the educational process, but their primary purpose is not educational: Most tests are designed to give a score at the end, a credential which presumably indicates the test taker has a certain level of knowledge. While massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other internet-based tools have…