Friday link list

1. Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It’s Free {npr}

Earlier this year in Kazahkstan, 22-year-old computer science student Askhat Muzrabayev had a problem…

So Muzrabayev went online to Coursera and enrolled in Stanford’s Machine Learning class for free. He watched the lectures, did the quizzes, joined online discussions with students from around the world and then took the final exam. He passed, and when it was over he received a certificate that said he completed an online course at Stanford.

Muzrabayev used that certificate to apply for jobs; offers started to pour in. One of those offers was from Twitter, and he now works for the company in the Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.

2. Terms of Service, Didn’t Read {on the media}

What our website [Terms of Service, Didn’t Read] does is it has a browser extension. When you install it, when you’re signing up for a website [and asked to agree to an impossibly long terms of service agreement], you see a rating from Class A, which is very good, to Class E, which is very bad. Just like restaurant reviews, we tried to see which ones are the worst ones and which ones are actually taking the effort to make good and fair terms of service.

3. Let me guess: You sleep with your iPad, don’t you? {neiman journalism lab}

A study released today by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism finds most news junkies who own tablets use them before 8 a.m. and in the after-work hours….

For many, more devices means more news, according to the study. Pew found 43 percent of tablet owners say they are getting more news now than they were before they got the device, and 31 percent say they’re adding new sources into their information diet.

iAm an iArtist


There’s a gallery in Paris that has 20 iPads on one wall, 20 iPhones on another. No, it’s not a new Apple store, and neither the “print” or the iThing is for sale.

It’s a show of iPhone and iPad-based drawings and paintings by established gallery artist David Hockney {npr}

All the gadgets are turned on 24 hours a day, and from time to time Hockney e-mails a new work to one of them — a kind of artistic status update.

The show, called “Fresh Flowers,” closes at the end of January. And then, installation designer Ali Tayar says, all the art will disappear.