Sunday, August 28, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 8/27/16

Last update: Sunday 8/28/16 @ 10:30 am

This week's cover = Astronomers find closest "earth-like" exoplanet ... Other top stories = Uber loses over $1.2 billion in first half of this year ... Tesla goes 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds ... and Facebook empowers software to select news


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 8/27/16.


A. HBCUS | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Chuckles

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech 

Top Stories 2015: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4


Cover Story ...  Closest earth-like exoplanet ++++++++++++ 

  1. Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNET, Ars Technica, Business Insider, Gizmodo, The Verge, New Yorker
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A. HBCUS ... Half-Dozen + 1
  1. . Initiative on HBCUs Announces Third Class of All-Stars: 📸:
  1. Engineering Students JSU Develop Technology to Reduce Diabetes-Related Amputations
  1. Another Big STEM Diversity Give, This One Backed By Hedge Fund Wealth
  1. represent new generation of environmental scientists
  1. Fayetteville State University Professor Visited Leading Mathematical Research Institute in China Read more at:
B. Ed Tech ... Dozen - 1
  1. Instrumentl helps match scientists with the best research grants by
  1. A new study finds students benefit from waiting to declare a major
  2. Average ACT scores drop as more people take the test
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Adaptive/Personalized Learning ... 

  1. Arizona State Action Lab promotes real-time adaptive learning:
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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

  1. resource: Check out this rubric for competency-based education developed by
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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. LinkedIn teams up with Virgin America to stream online courses on flights
  1. Great inforgraphic as we head into the new term:Dispelling Myths of the Online Student
  1. New Frontiers Post: Nine Organizations Partner on Official Comments for Regulations
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 6

Top Story #1 ... Uber losing $$$$$$$ +++++++++++

  1. Why Uber is losing money faster than any tech company ever ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, Bloomberg, The Verge, NY Times, Gizmodo
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Top Story #2 ... Tesla's super speed +++++++++++

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  1. RT: Costs of Bay Area boom has tech companies expanding elsewhere.
  1. Apple has quadrupled R&D spending under Cook
  1. WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook for ad targeting — here’s how to opt out ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by PC Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Bloomberg, VentureBeat
  1. Google's Fiber rollout isn't going as planned   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, CNET, Ars Technica, The Verge, Digital Trends, Fortune
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FinTech ...


  1. How big banks learned to stop worrying and love the blockchain
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Internet-of-Things (IoT) 

  1. GE and Cisco face off over industrial IoT
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...

Top Story #3 ... Facebook's news algorithms ++++++++++++
  1. Facebook is scaling back the role humans have in its ‘trending’ feature 🔓  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, VentureBeat, Business Insider, Recode, The Verge, TechCrunch
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  1. Meet Luigi, the sewer-scraping PoopBot:
  1. Harvard's Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica
  1. Google wants to improve artificial intelligence to prevent robot screw-ups.
  1. Vision and neural nets drive demand for more powerful chips
  1. Here's why chat apps are becoming one of the most important new platforms for publishers
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Statistical learning, data science, big data, etc
  1. How data science fights modern insider threats by
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. France, Germany push for access to encrypted messages after wave of terror attacks
  1. Hackers linked to Russian intelligence agencies target The New York Times  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by PC Magazine
  1. Israeli cyber weapons dealers figured out how to hack every iPhone  ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal
D. Hackers ... Dozen
  1. A glimpse of some of our Jr. Developer summer bootcamp students presenting. ✨
      
  1. Our Parent/Daughter workshop hosted by in was incredible! Congrats + tech divas!
      
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. CONGRATS to the entire team who made this happen. It took years of dedication, and many lessons to learn from it.
  1. Black engineer says he wasn't invited to NAACP talk while at Twitter for a strange reason
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. . Mathematician Katherine Johnson wins National Medal of Freedom  ... DLL Editor's note -- Ms. Johnson's 98th birthday also celebrated in a video

  1. Watch: 's journey to Co-Founder/CEO of , now joining at .
  1. Career Profile: Kathryn Finney, digitalundivided
  1. Kobe Bryant spends retirement launching $100 million venture capital fund ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Next Web, TechCrunch, PC Magazine, CNN
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Coding & Coders
  1. Facebook Open-Sources AI Code:
  1. NSA includes Coursera Data Science Certificates as Acceptable Credential — Class Central
  1. The languages you need to know if you want to work in :
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 7
  1. We need more black people who are white hat hackers. More black folks in infosec, cybersecurity, etc.
  1. Untangling the NSA's latest alleged embarrassment
  1. How Uber's driverless cars may affect the sharing economy — via  
  1. MOOCs: Course Completion is the Wrong Measure of Course Success
  1. and Beyond  ... DLL Editor's note -- The author's discussion of the continuing evolution of MOOCs applauds M.I.T.'s recent introduction of assignments graded by experts whose salaries are paid by student fees, but he doesn't note that Udacity blew way, way beyond that milestone two years ago. Stanford's Sebastian Thrun offered the first mega-scale MOOC, then blundered into absurd hype, but quickly "pivoted" Udacity into highly innovative and highly profitable new directions -- becoming the first EdTech billion dollar "unicorn" in the process. If you want to know what's going to happen to MOOCs in the near future, just look at what Udacity is doing right now ... :-)
  1. Navigating the CBE Frontier: A New Metrics Framework for Student and Program Success
  1. The killer app of the Internet of Things isn’t a thing at all—it is services 🔓
  1. How online courses can bring the world into Africa's classrooms
  1. Better data could be key to improving the US criminal justice system — via
  1.  Lesson Plan "short yet precise primer on higher-ed policy & its relevance for the future of our economy & democracy"
  1. How Gates Foundation Money Steered Uversity Into Trouble:
  1. Every data science interview boiled down to five basic questions:
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. A 124-year-old industrial giant is investing big in software. And, G.E.’s C.E.O. says, there is no Plan B.
  1. Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine
  1. Scaling Education to the Community: How Libraries Can Leverage MOOCs — Class Central
  1. Exploring the opportunities and threats of nudging from predictive analytics in , via
F. Chuckles ... Quarter-Dozen - 2 ... :-)
  1. Oh yay, more Hillary Clinton emails
  1. Oof: Democrats react more negatively than Republicans when watching Clinton defend honesty
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