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The creator of YouTube "channels" launched a new online video platform for learning on Tuesday, taught by a roster of iconic artists and celebrities from Madonna to Deepak Chopra.

Bright is the L.A.-based brainchild of Guy Oseary — investor and music manager for acts including Madonna and U2 — and Michael Powers, who was behind "channels." Their new platform focuses on livestreamed, interactive teaching sessions.

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Scrolling through Twitter could soon help you learn another language. That's the idea behind Toucan, a tech startup whose browser extension translates words on your screen from English to one of seven languages — soon to be 11.

On Tuesday, the Santa Monica-based company closed a $4.5 million seed round to launch the software in Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic and Hebrew.

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Los Angeles students are returning to classrooms this month that will look different and not only because desks will be six feet apart.

Laptops and tablets, which have been students' only connection to their teachers and classmates for the past year, will become prominent in classrooms that for generations have relied on paper and pen.

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