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Down to Lunch app gets friends together as developers shun money
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 24, 2016
““I’m over-wired and over-tired, DTL?” If that question makes sense, chances are you’ve already downloaded Down to Lunch. DTL is one of the hottest new social networking apps, according to the New York Times. As of this week, DTL was the second most downloaded iOS app overall and #1 for iOS social networking apps (not as high in the Android world). It’s clear why Down to Lunch is taking over with the students for which it was designed — the app is fast, easy, and hip. The co-founders and chief developers are as much part of the story as the application itself. Rather than meeting with potential investors, Nikil Viswanathan and Joseph Lau, both Stanford alumni, want to spend their time interacting with users and strengthening their application infrastructure. You can actually text them directly from within Down to Lunch. Related:  The history of social networking Down to Lunch has a simple function: help friends make plans and meet up in person. The app uses simple graphics to fill in the blanks in the following sentence, “I want to ____ with _____ at _____.” For each of the blanks, you choose from simple popup menus with icons and one or two-word descriptions. The application, conceived for and tested by college and high school students, is pre-filled with common activities. The first group, the “Popular” activities, are Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Chill, and Study. Other categories include Sports, Fun, Bored, and Other (Church and Get a Ride). There’s also a big plus icon labeled New. When you tap it, your phone’s message app opens, ready to message your suggestion to the developers. If you receive an invite for an activity, you accept by clicking a button labeled “I’m Down.” Down to Lunch co-founders, Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan DTL When you first sign up for Down to Lunch, the application searches your email for friends on the service. You can invite people individually or through lists. An early option let you invite your entire contact list, but when the developers started getting complaints about the volume of messages being sent, DTL removed it. Between them, Viswanathan and Lau had prior experience with big name tech companies including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, and Pinterest. They’ve also tried to develop other social networking apps, but Down to Lunch is the first one to stick. They coded DTL in just one day. Right now their focus is keeping up with growth and customer communication and support. The developers also had to deal with the aftermath of what was apparently a destructive hate campaign, perhaps from a competitor. Claims were made accusing DTL as an app for human trafficking. The New York Times reported that the head of the human trafficking division of the Texas attorney general’s office investigated the allegations and found no evidence. With the current communications options overload — email, text messaging, Facebook messages, phone calls, etc. — another connections app might seem superfluous. But when 15 percent of the University of Notre Dame student body downloaded it within a 12 hour period (according to Viswanathan), it’s clear that DTL is filling a need for the simple, single-purpose app. Meeting up with friends has always been important — now it’s even easier to do so. Also watch: MacBook (2015) vs. Dell XPS 13 (2015): Spec Showdown Please enable Javascript to watch this video”
Ex-football player jailed after 2 college students slain
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 11, 2016
“BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two Southern University students slain during a shootout at an off-campus party appeared to be "innocent bystanders" who were caught in the crossfire, authorities said Monday.”
Springsteen and the E Street Band won’t play NC due to an “evil virus”
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 09, 2016
“Bruce Springsteen is The Boss — and the buck stops here. Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band canceled a Greensboro, NC concert scheduled for Sunday because of House Bill 2. Van Zandt called the anti-LGBT law “an evil virus.” Ticketholders will get refunds, but no music, according to a report from Reuters. Entertainers and entertainment companies around the country have been joining tech companies and major employers speaking out against recently enacted and proposed legislation seen as discriminatory to protected classes. Called “bathroom bills,” the major issue and in some cases the only restriction in the laws limits multi-stall bathroom use to the gender listed on birth certificates. More: 80+ tech companies petition NC governor to overturn LGBT discrimination law Georgia’s Governor vetoed a discriminatory bill after major companies objected, but North Carolina and Mississippi have both passed anti-gay bills. South Carolina put forward a bill this past Wednesday restricting bathrooms to birth gender, and Tennessee may vote on a similar measure for public schools and colleges. Tennessee native pop singer Miley Cyrus and several major country musicians spoke out strongly against the legislation Friday. Van Zandt and Springsteen considered other options such as making a statement from the stage, but rejected it,  according to the Associated Press. “You consider those things, and then you realize that’s just playing into their hands. That’s not going to hurt enough — you need to hurt them economically,” said Van Zandt. On his website Friday Springsteen wrote that HB2, “is an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.” Later on his Facebook page the Boss urged people to contact North Carolina legislators urging repeal of the law. Further explaining their action, Van Zandt said, “This sort of thing is spreading like an evil virus around the country.” Considering discrimination anti-American, he stated, “Whether it’s women, whether it’s gay, transgender, there’s no difference,” he said. “It was very important to us to take a stand early in this before it starts to spread all over the place.” Related:  Apple adds LGBT section to the App Store The musicians join the growing chorus of voices speaking out against the bill, including an array of blue-chip tech companies. Signatories on a bill sent March 30 to the governor include Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle; Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb; Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; and dozens more. “We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law,” the letter reads. “The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.” States in the south enacting socially conservative bathroom bills are hearing from other entertainers, sports groups, and big business as well. Other states are restricting non-essential travel for employees to states with bathroom bills. Economic forces may eventually tip the scales away from discriminatory legislation, but regardless, Bruce and the band won’t be in North Carolina this weekend.”
College Students Say Free Speech Has Its Limits
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Apr 06, 2016
“Last fall, the football team at the University of Missouri went on strike to protest slow administrative response to incidents of racial harassment on campus, joining other students in a movement that resulted in the resignation of the school’s president. Although students at the school asserted their right to protest, a viral video of Tim Tai, a student photojournalist, being blocked from documenting what was happening raised concerns over whether free-speech rights on the campus were eroding. According to a Gallup survey of college students, released Monday in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and the Newseum Institute, most undergraduates across the United States believe First Amendment rights are secure.”
Lawyer: Yale basketball case shows the difficulty of campus sexual assault investigations
by Education
Mar 18, 2016
“In the wake of a high-profile case at Yale University, a lawyer offers his take on how universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct.”
Men's Tennis Ranked no. 13 Nationally
by The Tripod
Apr 04, 2016
“The Trinity College men's tennis team is now ranked no. 13 nationally, according to the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III college rankings. Prior to the start of the spring season, the Bantams were ranked no. 14 due to their successful end to the 2009-10 season.”
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