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The latest edtech news from around the globe.

LinkedIn Add-to-Profile Certifications

LinkedIn launches Add-to-Profile for Certifications

One year after the launch of the Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot LinkedIn announced the launch of Add-to-Profile for Certifications, opening the pilot to any professional education provider interested in offering the service to its learners.

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Skype Translator

Registration open for upcoming Skype Translator Feature

Skype is now accepting applications for previews of its upcoming Translator feature. Demoed at re/code’s Code conference in May, Skype Translator lets people communicate via VoIP even if they speak different languages.

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LinkedIn college finding tools

Yahoo shuts down its Education Portal – LinkedIn launches College Finding Tools

Last week Yahoo announced would shut down its vertical portal Yahoo Education on September 30th, followed by its legacy product Yahoo Directory at the end of the year. This, however, does not seem to affect the collaboration between Easyuni and Yahoo Malaysia who announced a partnership for a higher education portal back in May.

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Coursera Brazil

With Coursera entering Brazil LatAm becomes the next MOOC Battle Ground

Coursera announced its entrance into the Brazilian / Portuguese MOOC market through partnerships with the University of São Paulo (USP), the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), the Lemann Foundation and the web portal R7.

Brazil represents Coursera’s fifth largest user base behind the US, India, China and UK.

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lynda.com

lynda.com hires former Ancestry.com and EF Englishtown executive Andrew Wait as CRO

The same day Udemy announced its three new management hires, lynda.com shared that itself made an important new hire. Andrew Wait becomes Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing the company’s strategic direction including, global expansion, marketing, customer experience and enterprise sales. Wait will report directly to CEO Eric Robison.

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Udemy new hires

Udemy hires Seasoned Execs – Focus on Scale and Growth

Udemy added three seasoned executives to its management team which further underlines that the startup days for the course marketplace are over.

The new hires will take over roles as vice president and general manager Udemy for Organizations, vice president of business development and vice president of finance and operations.

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Junction Education

Junction Education launches a Flipboard for College Courses

Today Junction Education, a startup founded by former McGraw-Hill executive Vineet Madan, officially launched. Junction Education aims to provide instructors and students with an easy to use course platform which integrates different kinds of web content into web- and mobile based courses.

Junction Education has received investment from two former heads of McGraw-Hill Education, Robert J. Bahash and Peter C. Davis, who are also advisors to the startup along with former Pearson Education Global CMO Gary L. June.

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Teachers pay Teachers

Former Etsy COO Adam Freed new CEO at Teachers pay Teachers

One year after John Yoo took over as CEO of Teachers pay Teachers from its founder Paul Edelman, the teacher resource marketplace shuffles its leadership again.

Adam Freed, who joined TpT’s board of directors in May as part of its venture round, takes over as CEO. Yoo will go back to his roots as former head of product and focus on mobile strategy and classroom initiatives.

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Chegg

Chegg outsources Textbook Distribution to Ingram in its Transition to Digital Company

Chegg announced a strategic partnership with book distributor Ingram along with its second quarter 2014 results on Monday. With results better than expected and a partnership that will immediately liberate $25 million of Chegg’s capital, shares were up 9% in afterhours trading.

The second quarter results also once more indicate the ongoing transition of Chegg into a purely digital business as stated by Chegg’s CEO Dan Rosensweig in the press release.

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EdTech News Europe

EdTech News Europe: TES Resources, LEO Learning and ABA English

Here is our weekly rundown of the edtech news covered by our sister site EDUKWEST Europe.

This week we got news from TES Global, announcing that the next version of TES Resources will introduce paid downloads. Learning Technologies Group merged Epic and LINE Communications into a new brand: LEO Learning. ABA English, an English learning platform from Spain raised €2.5 million.

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