Sunday, September 18, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 9/17/16

Last update: Sunday 9/18/16 @ 10:30 am
This week's cover  = Uber tests self-driving cars in Pittsburgh ... Other top stories = U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ... Apple sales bring relief ... and Udacity launches self-driving car nanodegree

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 9/17/16.

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 ... 
Uber's self-driving cars ++++++++++++ 
  1. Uber opens self-driving vehicle trial in Pittsburgh to the public ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, M.I.T. Tech Review, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wired, The Verge, Bloomberg
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A. HBCUS ... Half-Dozen + 3

  1. Tuskegee University Hosts HBCU Partnerships in STEMS
  1.  Sep TSU receives almost $793,000 to enhance Southern Nursery Industry "Guide for Best Management Practices.
  1. $3 million grant to Morehouse helps prepare health workers
  1. Google partners with TSU Department of Computer Science to help create opportunities for students.
  1. Norfolk State Awarded a $5M Grant to Research Renewable Energy
  1. Remembering our past: In May 1946, Albert Einstein taught a physics class at Lincoln University.
B. Ed Tech ... Half-Dozen + 1

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  1. French edtech startup OpenClassrooms chalks up €6M in new funding by
  1. News: Pearson, Follett partner - Pearson Pearson and Follett Higher Education Group, higher education’s largest...
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Adaptive/Personalized Learning ... 

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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 5

Top Story #1 ... 
U.S. Commission recalls Note 7  +++++++++++
  1. After 2 weeks, the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is finally official πŸ”“ ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica, NY Times, CNET, The Verge, Recode, TechCrunch, Computerworld ... plus FAA flight restrictions covered by TechCrunch, The Verge ... and the CPSC statement
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  1. Jeff Bezos' new rocket will carry satellites, venture deeper into space ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, CNET
  1. . plans to resume Falcon 9 rocket launches in November ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Digital Trends
  1. NASA’S Mars rover just took its most incredible images yet that ‘rival photos taken in ...
  1. Facebook explains why it got rid of human news editors
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Top Story #2 ... Apple's Sales +++++++++++

  1. Why early iPhone data spells relief for Apple  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, Bloomberg, Fast Company, TechCrunch πŸ”“
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  1. Adblock Plus is going to start brokering online ad sales   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, ZDNet, Gizmodo
  1. Oracle profits rise on cloud computing growth πŸ”“
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Chicago officials may ban autonomous cars
  1. What has Pittsburgh done to prepare for Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars? Not much.
  1. Google's self-driving car project is losing out to rivals
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Marines launch competition to fund and build the next generation of battlefield robots
  1. SwiftKey improves its Android keyboard predictions with neural networks
  1. You can buy and sell artificially intelligent algorithms on Algorithmia—and now it includes deep learning
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Statistical learning, data science, big data, etc
  1. DataScience launches a service to easily query info and build models from anywhere
  1. Facebook's next data center will be in Los Lunas, New Mexico by
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. Hackers are already shaping U.S. election coverage with data leaks
D. Hackers ... Dozen + 6
  1. & the CEO sharing more about the lives changed & the vision for the future. sponsor:)
  2. BLUEFund (): Crowdfunding platform by the team at . Outstanding idea.
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. 10.There is no 10 year horizon to diversify
  1. Surprise! Industry events still haven’t fixed tech’s diversity problems
  1. Pinterest diversity head: 'What we're doing is trying to benefit the entire workplace' -
  1. The Iron Yard launches $45M fund to boost diversity in tech industry -
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. How 'Black Valley' connected 500 black interns in Silicon Valley
  1. Tech founders still don't believe diversity can boost the bottom line:
  1. On this date in 1992, became the first African-American woman in space.
  1. RT : Meet Olivia—a alum who makes games, mentors others, and thinks big about her future.
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Coding & Coders

Top Story #3 ... Udacity Nanodegree ++++++++++++

  1. Udacity launches self-driving car nanodegree in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Digital Trends, USA Today, Forbes, Wired, TechCrunch ... and Udacity's Sebastian Thrun ... and Udacity
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  1. Ex-Googler Sebastian Thrun says the going rate for self-driving talent is $10 million per person.
  1. Apple Swift Playgrounds almost makes coding fun
  1. Coding Bootcamp Graduates Report 64% Lift in Salary, up from 38% in 2015
  1. A surprising number of computer hackers earn over $100,000 a year
  1. GitHub launches a Trello competitor, pull request reviews, redesigned profile pages
  1. R is rapidly becoming the leading language in science and . Learn more with :
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 3
  1. Which Will Win: MOOC vs. Book? Are MOOCs like books, or are they really different?
  1. Assessing the Long-Term Potential for Bootcamps: How Do They Truly Stack Up? cc:

  1. Can Professional Bootcamps Take HBCUs to the Next Level?
  1.  What Higher Ed Can Learn From Start-Ups via
  1. Assessing the Long-Term Potential for Bootcamps: How Do They Truly Stack Up? cc:
  1. It's not totally clear how much Clinton's "bad weekend" affected the polls. But clear Trump still gaining ground.
  1. How Silicon Valley's talent wars are killing its nonprofits
  1. Profs should force vendors to explain how their tools will improve learning (essay)
  1. Combining Good Educational Models with Good Business Models for CBE Programs
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Caltech's ML is back after two years. Read the in-depth review here:
  1. Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas by
F. Chuckles ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1. Here's what happens if Hillary Clinton drops out of the presidential race  ... DLL Editor's note -- Just as I was beginning to believe that things couldn't get any worse during this election ... :-(
  1. CEO of company Amazon bought for $1 billion explains why it's streaming people eating food
  1. 100 tiny robots replaced humans in this early queue for the iPhone 7
  1. This fake Apple ad pokes fun at the AirPods' biggest problem
  1. On ‘Dr. Oz,’ Trump Offers Placebo Transparency, Great Lede!
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