Sunday, December 11, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 12/10/16

Last update: Sunday 12/11/16 @ 2:30 pm
This week's cover =  CIA reports Russian hackers tried to help elect Trump  ... Other top stories = R.I.P. John GlennAmerica's foremost astronaut hero ... Microsoft's AR/VR announcements at WinHEC conference ... Computer Science Education Week with "Hour of Code"

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 12/10/16.


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 ... Russia tried to help Trump ++++++++++++ 

  1. Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the election, CIA report says ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, NY Times, Engadget, Business Insider, Gizmodo ... Related story that Obama orders full review of Russian hacking covered by Wired, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, The Verge ... Trump's denials of Russian hacking covered by CNN, NY Times, Wall Street Journal
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A. HBCUS ... Half-Dozen + 2
  1. Atlanta HBCU gets $400K grant to transform city and for jobs in tech - Rolling Out
  2. HBCU and Black tech company develop a tool to manage diabetes ... - Northdallasgazette
  1. Meharry grad Huda Zoghbi, MD '79, wins the prestigious  Read more about Dr. Zoghbi & her research:
  1. FAMU, Lockheed Martin Sign $5M NASA Agreement -
  1. UPCOMING EVENT - Top Producers of Black STEM Ph.D.’s: Clark Atlanta Among the Best
  1. SU physics professor shares in 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
  1. UNCF summit exposes HBCU students to inside look at Silicon Valley
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B. Ed Tech ... Half-Dozen + 3

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  1. Department of Education approves Apollo deal but with conditions  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, Chronicle, International Business Times
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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

  1. The CBE Frontier: Creative & Alternative Student Support for Creative & Alternative Models of Education
  1. ICYMI: Are programs fulfilling their value propositions? Our brief:
  1. Generally, countries that make teaching more prestigious have students who perform better.
  1. JUST IN: Average U.S. math scores on dropping since 2009. More results here:  ... DLL Editor's note -- This report discussed by EdSurge
  1. St. Norbert College's 'computerless' computer lab shows impact of BYOD in higher ed ==>
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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. Our focuses on minority, first-generation, and low-income . Learn more:
  2. A look at 's online learning efforts on campus and worldwide via
  1. News: Harvard professor swaps content for connections - Forbes Professor Bharat Anand teaches digital strategy ...
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 6

Top Story #1 ... R.I.P. John Glenn, 95 +++++++++

  1. These photos capture defining moments of decorated astronaut John Glenn's life and career ... DLL Editor's note -- Senator Glenn's passing also covered by NY Times, Engadget, Wired, Digital Trends, The Atlantic, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, The Verge ... and NASA


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  1. A scientist won $3 million for discovering the hidden 'intelligence' that defends our cells
  1. Trump team wants to meet with Silicon Valley execs next week   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg
  1. Google expects to run solely on renewable energy in 2017  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by PC Mag, TechCrunch, NY Times, Bloomberg
  1. Amazon’s trying to computerize the experience of buying sandwiches and soda from the corner store.  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge
  1. The Facebook board was terrified Mark Zuckerberg would ditch the company for public office
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  1. Supreme Court Hands Samsung Patent Victory Over Apple:  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Fast Company, Mashable, CNET, Recode, TechCrunch, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Michigan Welcomes Self-Driving Cars on Public Roads:
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Virtual/augmented/mixed reality ...


Top Story #2 ... Microsoft's AR/VRAnnouncements ++++++++++
  1. Microsoft has big plans for VR and AR in 2017 ... DLL Editor's note -- Microsoft's WinHEC conference also covered by TheNextWeb, TechCrunch, ZDNet, The Verge, CNET, Forbes
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...

  1. Microsoft is joining Google and Amazon in the race for your home:

  1. Apple will publish its AI research
  1. Chipmakers are racing to build hardware for artificial intelligence
  1. Elon Musk's nonprofit can help AI systems get smarter — even if their developers have bad intentions.
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. Fake news brought real gunfire for a DC pizzeria   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, NY Times, New Yorker, Gizmodo
  1. Tech giants band together to fight terrorist content online  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, The Verge, Wall Street Journal
  1. IBM's supercomputer-of-all trades, Watson, is embarking on its biggest challenge yet: preventing cybercrime.
  1. Rutgers faculty union urges faculty members to boycott new email system
  1. German Intel chief: Russia is trying to 'destabilize' the country

D. Hackers ... Dozen + 2
  1. . is moving its HQ to a 250K square foot space at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. Are you IN? The "pledge" is an email signature for to match your email w/$. Can we count on you to be IN? Link:
  1. DC Tech's Luma Labs Launches Luma Innovation Foundation for Entrepreneurship To Support diverse entrepreneurs
  1. The Kapor Center aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive.
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. Focus on tech & users Michael Siebel, CEO of gives an inside look on applying and how the game works.
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Coding & Coders

Top Story #3 ... Comp Sci Ed Week ++++++++++

  1. ’s third annual Hour of Code includes star athletes and a new sports-themed coding tutorial ... DLL Editor's note -- This story officially covered by CSEdWeek ... Hour of Code ... The White House
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  1. Want a job in Silicon Valley? Stay away from coding schools via
  1. Microsoft touts R - SQL Server integration in R Server 9.0
  1. . celebrates Computer Science Education Week with STEAM initiatives
  1. Celebrate on Coursera! Join a Specialization to build your first (or best) website, app, or game:
  1. For the beginner programmer in your life, the Intro to CS course is a perfect introduction:
  1. Curious about learning ? This , learn the basics of computer science and with :
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 3
  1. Bank allegedly said control of Facebook worth up to $8.7 billion to Zuck. Then that claim disappeared.
  1. Why education should become more like artificial intelligence
  1. We Need More Black People Rooting for Tech Entrepreneurs, Not Just Football Players via
  1.  Transformation and Access: The Past, Present and Future of Continuing and Professional Education cc:
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Coursera's 2016: Year in Review — Class Central
  1. Google makes so much money, it never had to worry about financial discipline ... until now
  1. If OpenAI's Universe works, computers will use video games to learn how to function in the physical world:
  1. Why it matters for tech companies to release diversity data on time
  1. The economy has a hidden problem: We're out of big ideas and that's hurting growth





  1. Berkeley closed their Stat2x series so I promoted a Duke series to #2 in my Career Guide.

  1. Neural networks? learning? Here’s your secret decoder for AI buzzwords
  1. The last two paragraphs of this article are just wow.
  1. This week, takes a deeper look into the future of Language.

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DLL Editor's note -- I apologize to readers who may be offended by the "rough" language in this video (below), but I fully endorse the speaker's forceful observations ...  Roy L. Beasley, DLL Editor

When Trump won the GOP nomination with over 13 million votes, I was very concerned, like millions of other liberals. How many votes might he receive in the November elections? Twice as many, three times, four times? Four times would be more than 50 million votes, possibly enough to win the election which the best pollsters unanimously declared would be highly improbable. So my worst case was about 40 million.

Forty million Americans might vote for a man I regarded as the most unqualified candidate I had seen in my long lifetime. Hillary would win, but these "deplorables" -- as she called Trump's supporters in what I regarded as a shocking and deeply offensive display of arrogance, bigotry, and political ineptitude -- were likely to make her presidency one of the most troubled in our nation’s history and one of the least successful. Nevertheless, she would still be better than Trump.

But when I expressed my concerns to fellow liberals in my small circles of family, friends, and colleagues. I was stunned by the hostility that I encountered from the “true believers” who really thought that most of Trump’s supporters were “deplorable” racist, sexist, gay bashing, immigrant hating, Islamophobic, fascist, etc, etc, etc. A few stopped speaking to me. It did not matter to them that millions of Trump's supporters had also voted for the first African American president not once, but twice.

So when Trump won, I was wrong, but they were “wronger”. No matter, because neither they nor I nor Hillary herself ever made any significant effort to engage Trump's supporters to try to understand why they supported him, then try to persuade them that Hillary might better serve their needs. Now we all have to live with the consequences of our political stupidity.


F. Chuckles ... Half-Dozen
  1. Al Gore just had an 'extremely interesting conversation' with Trump on global warming
  1. AT&T and Time Warner accidentally argue against their own merger
  1. Trump chooses pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration
  1. Trump's pick to lead the EPA is suing the EPA over climate change:
  1. Trump is retaining his executive producer title on NBC's new 'Celebrity Apprentice'
  1. AT&T CEO: Trump is a 'positive development' for our industry
    AT&T CEO on what Trump means for the media and telecommunication Randall L. Stephenson spoke at Business Insider's annual IGNITION conference and discussed what Trump's election victory could ultimately mean for his industry.
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