Sunday, September 04, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 9/3/16

Last update: Sunday 9/4/16 @ 10:30 am
This week's cover = SpaceX rocket explodes on launchpad ... Other top stories = Facebook's African Internet plans before and after SpaceX explosion ... Samsung recalls Note 7 ... and EU orders Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion additional taxes


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 9/3/16.


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 ... SpaceX rocket explodes ++++++++++++ 

  1. Here’s what we know about the SpaceX explosion  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Next Web, Business Insider, Wired, VentureBeat, The Verge ... and a brief history of SpaceX from TechCrunch
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A. HBCUS ... Half-Dozen + 2

  1. Definitely not average... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNN
  1. NCA&T wins $1.12M grant for urban, sustainable ag research
  1. Lockheed Martin and BEYA Celebrate Decades of Building the STEM Pipeline
  1. USDA Awards Over $18 Million to Improve HBCU Research Facilities
  2. Lincoln University Awarded $50,000 for STEM Study Abroad Program
  3. Langston University will receive $991,763 from the USDA for agriculture and food science research improvements.
  1. A Recipe for Success in Educating Leaders:
B. Ed Tech ... Dozen - 2
  1. "Knowing when to use nudging--and when enough is enough--can be a challenge."
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  1. Coding Startup Treehouse Trims Staff to ‘Cross the Chasm to Profitability':
  1. Global E-Learning Market in Steep Decline, Report Says
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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. The Uni. of Pennsylvania crosses 100 MOOCs and 5 million enrollments. All 12 of its schools are contributing MOOCs
  1. Can startup college Minerva reinvent the Ivy League model for the digital age?
  1. Our CEO Rick Levin speaks to about bringing top university courses to employee learning & development
  1. SWAYAM: Inside India's Massive Bet on MOOCs -- Class Central
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 7

Top Story #1 ... Facebook's African Internet plans???  +++++++++++

  1. Zuckerberg says Facebook will launch internet access in sub-Saharan Africa this week.  ... DLL Editor's note -- Zuckerberg's trip to Africa also covered by Business Insider, Computerworld ... before the SpaceX rocket exploded
  1. Is Facebook's free internet plan totally doomed?  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, Wall Street Journal ... after the SpaceX rocket exploded
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Top Story #2 ... Samsung recalls Note 7+++++++++

  1. Report: Samsung to issue "unprecedented" recall of Note 7 amid explosion fears  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, The Verge, Engadget, Wall Street Journal


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  1. ๐ŸŽฅ Six scientists lived in a dome for one year trying to simulate a human colony on Mars   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by BBC, Digital Trends, Daily Mail, Mashable
    Six Scientists Lived in a Tiny Pod for a Year Pretending They Were on...
    It sounds nuts, and maybe you have to be, but Six scientists completed a yearlong NASA-funded Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.
  1. Google kills plan to make modular phone by ๐Ÿ”“
  1. 'Silicon Valley' is great. But as Facebook shows, it gets one big thing all wrong:
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Top Story #3 ...  ++++++++++++
  1. EC details how Apple used Ireland to only pay $558 in taxes on each $1.1 million in profit  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, Wired, Fast Company, Business Insider, The Verge, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Recode
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  1. Silicon Valley is turning to the dismal science in its quest for cash. “It’s an absolute candy store for economists”
  1. Palo Alto has an unusual message for some of the tech companies based here: Go away. Please.
  1. This chart shows how completely Amazon is dominating the retail market
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FinTech ...


  1. That time a major investment bank let an MIT professor study 57 of its traders: via
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. A driverless tractor stole this year’s premier farm equipment show ๐Ÿ”“  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Machine learning just got more human with Google's RankBrain
  1. Turing Learning breakthrough: Computers can now learn from pure observation:
  1. Facebook fires human editors, algorithm immediately posts fake news by   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch
  1. DARPA's mind controlled prosthetics will make you wish you were a cyborg:
  1. Tech's biggest names are working to regulate AI research  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by New York Times
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. Amazon, Apple, Google support Microsoft in legal fight for disclosures of government data access


  1. Two state election databases were infiltrated by foreign hackers, the FBI warns   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNN, The Verge
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D. Hackers ... Dozen + 4
  1. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to witness Africa’s Tech Revolution
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity:
  1. Black Founders launches entrepreneur mentoring program
  1. We hv the intellect we hv the resources wht R the solutions? this is on
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. The hidden black women who helped win the space race, by :
  1. Alphabet's legal chief steps down from Uber's board, reports. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, Business Insider
  1. . has been making moves in Silicon Valley
  1. Coding diversity into Silicon Valley: Our talk with CEO
  1. Check out our interview with alum Olivia and get excited for our Big Bang benefit concert!
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Coding & Coders
  1. Want to Save Lives Building Driverless Cars? Sebastian Thrun Wants To Make You An Engineer Of The Future
  1. Coding bootcamps, EQUIP and low income students-- take a look at how outcomes will be assessed
  1. These are the 10 best countries for computer programming — and the US didn't make the list
  1. Learn more about CS theory with these 80+ free online courses and MOOCs
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, courses, etc
  1. Love this recap of on ! Such an awesome tech scene & initiative!
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Half-Dozen + 1
  1. Robotics and Industry 4.0: Reshaping the way things are made
  1. Reigniting Your Passion for Distance Teaching and Learning cc:
  1. Why China is poised for an economic resurgence with data analytics
  1. IoT's killer app is home security
  1. Is higher education ready for this kind of thinking?
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Will Amazon kill FedEx? Don't miss Businessweek's earth-defying cover story.  .... DLL Editor's note -- Bloomberg's Business Week lengthy piece was also discussed by TechCrunch

F. Chuckles ... Half-Dozen
  1. Mass media won't stop pretending that it cares about or policy positions. It cares most about viewers. Trump knows it.
  1. The smartest bird in the world can use tools like a human, and it's amazing to watch
    These are the incredible things that crows can do
    Crows can recognize faces, make their own tools, and understand complex subjects — and we're only beginning to understand everything that they can do
  1. Google coder analyzes a billion files to find a winner in tabs vs spaces debate   .... DLL Editor's note -- This Nobel Prize worthy investigation also covered by Business Insider
  1. Where's he crossing to return? Can Border Patrol retain him until mid November? That would help!

  1. uses spoof of drug ad to encourage students to use office hours

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