The Circuit: Taking the ‘LEAD’ on tech in schools, Google plans search changes, app privacy

LEAD Commission: The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that they, along with education and technology experts, will discuss how to improve schools using technology by forming the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission.

The commission will be co-chaired by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, TPG Capital co-founder James Coulter, former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Common Sense Media Founder and chief executive James Steyer.

Google search: Google is working on revamping its search formula, the Wall Street Journal reported, and will be offering its users more facts and answers to queries instead of presenting a list of links.

In an interview with the newspaper, Google fellow Amit Singhal said that the changes will make Google more in tune with “how humans understand the world.”

In a post on Google+, Singhal said that the changes are the initial steps in what “will continue to be a long road ahead.”

App privacy: Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) sent a follow-up letter to Apple on Wednesday, asking for the company to provide more information about its app privacy policies. As the New York Times reported, the letter asked the company to explain “the manner in which apps can access photographs” on mobile devices, and said that an initial letter the company earlier this month did not “answer a number of questions we raised.”

Apple stock hits $600: Apple’s stock hit the $600 mark before sliding back under the new high in afternoon trading. The company, on the verge of the launch of its next iPad, recently surpassed $500 billion in market capitalization.

The new iPad is expected to draw crowds when it goes on sale Friday, and analysts say that Apple will sell its 100 millionth iPad by the end of 2012.

Kevin Rose headed to Google: Digg co-founder Kevin Rose is reported to have been hired by Google, according to a report from All Things Digital.

Rose, who left Digg last March, had been focusing on a new start-up called Milk. On Wednesday, Milk announced that it was shutting down the only product it had launched, a local recommendations app called Oink.

All Things Digital’s Liz Gannes reported that unnamed “sources close to the situation” said that Rose’s first day at Google will be Monday.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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