August 25, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Happy eclipse week! That was the big news here in the U.S., including here at Udemy, where we managed to catch a glimpse of the spectacle through the fog. Today’s roundup includes some fun eclipse-related info, thoughts on creativity and aging, and the anniversary of an online symbol.

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.
Every parent worries how to manage their kids’ exposure to technology, and Melinda Gates is no different. Here, she writes about how she tries to strike the right balance and shares advice for other parents.

What Happens to Creativity as We Age?
Young children are known for having wild imaginations. Researchers wanted to know how, why, and when that changes over time. They hypothesize that, as we gain knowledge, we become set in our ways and “ignore evidence that contradicts what we already think.”

The Twitter hashtag is 10
Happy birthday to the hashtag! Did you know it was first suggested by former Google designer Chris Messina as a way to identify groups? Among the stats shared in this article: 125 million hashtags are tweeted per day on average and the most tweeted global sporting event hashtag is the #WorldCup.

Apple hid a job listing on its website that you need serious computer skills to find
Those engineers at Apple are so clever… they hid the job listing for a distributed systems engineer on an obscure page, and even the writers of this article aren’t’ sure how people would find it. Check it out and send in your resume!

Data Viz: ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ Follows the Eclipse
Monday’s eclipse was an amazing event for astrology buffs and amateur observers alike, but it must’ve been the best day of Bonnie Tyler’s life, with her biggest hit getting played so much, it felt like 1983 all over again. The fine folks of Spotify put together this cool visualization showing where and when the song was played.