Sunday, January 31, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 1/30/16

Last update: Monday 2/1/16 @ 3:30 pm
This week's cover = photo from tweet that Google/Alphabet AI beats (human) professional Go player  ... Other top stories = Howard University professor of computer science named fellow of the AAAS ... Quarterly reports from Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook ... and Marvin Minsky, A.I. pioneer, dies

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 1/30/16 @ 3 pm.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  ... 

TECH Dozens 2015 ==> Q1 ... Q2 ... Q3 ... Q4 ...  Calendar 


Cover Story ++++++++++++ 
  1. Google’s AI beats a professional Go player, an industry first ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Engadget, Wired, NY Times, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, Gizmodo, Re/code, The Verge
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen


Top Story #1 +++++++++++
  1. Computer Science professor named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) ... DLL Editor's note -- Dr. Legand L. Burge, III, was featured in one of the DLL's top stories last week ("Why doesn't Silicon Valley hire more black coders") and is the Chair of Howard University's Computer Science program. His impressive CV can be found here ... #DiversityInTech ... :-)
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  1. FAMU is Top Ranked HBCU for Research and Development via
  1. remembers everyone impacted by this tragedy 30 years ago today.

  1. Remembering NASA Astronaut and North Carolina A&T State Alumnus ‘71, Dr. Ronald E. McNair ,
  1. Shaw Student Marisa Richardson explains her research at the Student Research Symposium
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  1. MSM's Dr. Lillard among members meeting w & staff to discuss at !
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  1. PSC Comp Sci students, Prof. Zhang and AVP at a chapter mtg. of AABE (Assn of Blacks in Energy).
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations, honors ... 

  1. Congrats Grad Student K Marie, selected for a presentation at the 2016 meeting.
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  1. Maryland Commerce, and endow $4M in two new research professorships
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  1. Dubroy, Shaw President, Says: ‘Thank You, IBM, for Supporting Our Epic Vision -
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B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 2
  1. The Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2016. This and more in :
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  1. When virtual reality meets education
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  1. A look behind the Hobsons acquisition of the PAR Framework:
  1. . is partnering with to help create -powered student advisors [ / ]
  1. "Think Sherlock Holmes w/mathematical know-how instead of arcane knowledge abt tobacco ash"
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. Report: Apple Acquires Ed-Tech Start-up LearnSprout:    ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Education Dive
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  1. Education Industry Sees 415 & , Worth Nearly $18 Billion, in 2015:
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  1. ProctorExam Raises $550K Seed Round for Secure Online Exam Platform
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Competency based ...

  1. Like , does not apply to Competency Based Education.
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MOOCs, online, blended ...

  1. Look who made an appearance at HQ this week! Thanks for stopping by . Come back any time!
  1. The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals
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  1. Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model
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C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 2
  1. Apple reportedly has a huge, secret VR team ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Business Insider, TechCrunch, The Verge
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  1. The 's plan to fix cable boxes will save you a ton of money ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Mashable, The Verge, Re/code
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  1. Oracle will soon lay the Java browser plug-in to rest ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Ars Technica
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  1. Facebook is finally bringing live streaming to everyone ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Business Insider, The Verge, VentureBeat, TechCrunch
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Top Story #2 +++++++++++

  1. Microsoft earnings top estimates on strong cloud business by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, ZDet, The Verge, TechCrunch, Business Insider
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  1. Amazon stock plummets on disappointing Q4 results by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, VentureBeat, NY Times, The Verge, ZDNet, Business Insider
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  1. Apple beats earnings expectations, but misses on iPhone sales ... DLL Editor's note -- Apple's latest quarterly earnings, iPhone sales, etc, also discussed by Mashable, Wired, Business Insider, Computerworld, ZDNet, Wall Street Journal, Ars Technica
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  1. 80% of Facebook's ad dollars come from mobile: ... DLL Editor's note -- Facebook's most recent quarterly earnings also covered by Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Endgadget, Business Insider, VentureBeat
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  1. Wall Street expects Amazon's fastest growing business to triple its sales by 2018
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Virtual/augmented reality ...

  1. 10 cutting-edge ways virtual reality is being used (besides gaming) via
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Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...

Top Story #3 ++++++++++++
  1. Artificial intelligence luminary Marvin Minsky has died at 88 by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, NY Times, Washington Post ... M.I.T. and Wikipedia
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  1. This ingenious fruit-picking robot could actually revolutionize farming
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  1. These robot lifeguards are helping save refugees in Greece:
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  1. Combining human neurons with machines makes a truly powerful computer:
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Statistical learning, machine learning, data science, big data, etc

  1. How Nate Silver missed the Donald Trump phenomenon — via
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  1. The Importance of in the 21st Century:
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. How vulnerable IoT devices are changing the cybersecurity landscape
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D. Hackers ... Dozen  + 1
  1. "We're going to make sure our company reflects the people that use Twitter" says CEO
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  1. Big turnout at today's meeting! Finding partners and patrons for
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

  1. Diversity in Tech: Facebook Taps the NFL's Playbook to Increase Diversity in Hiring
  1. What If Tech's Biggest Diversity Problem Is Silicon Valley Itself?
  1. Here's our metrics for 2015. Action, not ideas. Not what we're going to do, what we've done.
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Founders and techs

  1. Diversity Recruitment Platform Jopwell Raises $3.25 Million in Seed Funding
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Coding & Coders

  1. President Obama wants $4B to bring computer science education to every kid ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat, Wired, xxx
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  1. Should you start with or ?
  1. You can now do the in 46 languages — even Kazakh, Georgian, and Basque.
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  1. Darian Nwankwo | Python Dev Shines at Black Men Code Innovation Bootcamp
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  1. Microsoft moves its Computational Network Toolkit to GitHub and MIT open source licenses
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc


E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen  + 4
  1. Using "diversity" as a euphemism for non-white men allows white men to think of themselves as normal, everyone else as abnormal or “diverse”
  1. Meet the late adopters: What companies are learning from latecomers to new tech

  1. On political ad spending, Sandberg says "Facebook's really the new town hall."
  1. Google's Go win was a massive step forward for AI, but the singularity is no where close
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. OpenGov’s Zac Bookman tells us about transforming U.S. governments
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  1. CBE veteran Ruki Jayaraman on inspiring innovation in competency-based education:
  1. Billions have been spent trying to replicate Silicon Valley, with little to show for it. | MIT Technology Review
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... plus chuckles and/or absurdities ... 

  1. SNL spoofs the Academy Awards in the best way possible [VIDEO]
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  1. . is back! Michael Bloomberg's Spanglish satirist speaks. (Q&A) by
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  1. Top as community reacts to MJ film casting.
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  1. The story: Trump cast a gigantic shadow over the Fox News debate — without even being there
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