Sunday, February 05, 2017

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 2/4/17

Last update: Sunday 12/5/17 @ 3:30 pm
This week's cover =  Carnegie Mellon AI beats poker professionals ... Other top stories = Amazon's quarterly revenue ... Facebook's blowout fourth quarter ... Apple's revenue is growing again

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 2/4/17

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

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech 

TECH Dozens 2016

Cover Story ... AI beats poker pros ++++++++
  1. Carnegie Mellon creates a poker playing AI that can beat the pros ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg, Digital Trends, Mashable, ZDNet, IEEE Spectrum, Wired, Ars Technica
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A. HBCUS ... Half-Dozen + 1
  1. How did influence presidential policy? Explore his friendship w Lincoln in this edu resource

  1. Black History: The Life and Legacy of Carter G. Woodson [Lecture]: Lecture by Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr on the “Life…
  1. Fact: February 1926, Historian Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week,” which later became Black History Month.
  1. to the School of Architecture & Engineering for hosting a student robotics competition
  1.  New documentary 'Tell Them We Are Rising' tells most of the history of black colleges and universities - AberdeenN…
  2.  Interested in our program? Join us for an application webinar-Tues, Feb 7 @ 7:30 PM EST
  1. Dolphins following shrimp trawlers cluster in social groups by Tara Cox of   ...
B. Ed Tech ... Half-Dozen + 2
  1. 5 questions on 's strategy with Tim Bozik, president of global product
  1. Our Jan/Feb issue is out! Great stories on ed tech trends, digital literacy, salary survey results and more: (PDF)
  1. New blog post from the University of Texas San Antonio on their iPASS journey to date:
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. Apollo Education Group finalizes sale for $1.14 billion
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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. Infographic: leaders & students see the value of
  1. Today, we celebrate crossing the 10 Million learner mark on . Why you do learn at edX? Share your story:

C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... 2 * Dozen + 2
  1. Computing conference to celebrate 50 years of Turing Award
  1. Amazon's bookstores aren't just for selling books, according to CFO Brian Olsavsky
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

Top Story #1 ... Amazon's $$$$ ++++++++++++++
  1. Amazon Q4 earnings beat estimates, but sales missed  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, NY Times, ZDNet
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Top Story #2 ... Facebook's $$$$ +++++++++++
  1. Facebook beats expectations across the board with blowout fourth quarter results ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, ZDNet, VentureBeat, The Verge, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Forbes, NY Times

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Top Story #3 ... Apple's $$$$$ ++++++++++++
  1. Apple is growing again — and sold 78 million iPhones last quarter ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, ZDNet, Digital Trends, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, The Verge, Business Insider, Fortune, VentureBeat, Ars Technica, TheNetWeb ... and Apple
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  1. ZeniMax awarded a half billion in lawsuit against Facebook ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, Recode, Fast Company, ZDNet, Mashable
  1. Snap, Inc. files for $3 billion IPO
    ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, Recode, The Verge, TechCrunch
  1. A little known part of Amazon is growing fast — and competes with Google and Facebook
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Climate change, emissions, and energy efficiency ...

  1. Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost ... via NY Times
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Daimler will build self-driving cars for Uber ...

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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Boston Dynamics made a kickass robot on wheels that jumps higher than you  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, MIT Technology Review, The Verge, Gizmodo, TechCrunch

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Statistical learning, data science, big data, etc

  1. The problem of patient data: on the and how Lab project MedRec could streamline health records ...

  1. How big data can predict a student's risk of dropping out of college.
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. Trump just eased sanctions on the Russian security agency accused of hacking the US election
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Science and technology policies ... and "walk backs"

  1. A Seattle federal judge just dealt a major blow to Trump's immigration ban  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story and its aftermath covered by NY Times, CNN, NPR, Los Angeles Times

  1. Microsoft joins Amazon in lawsuit over Trump's immigration ban ... DLL Editor's note -- This lawsuit also covered by Recode, Business Insider, TechCrunch
  1. Elaine Chao will be steering the Department of Transportation at a crucial time for the tech and auto industries. ...
  1. 900 Iran-educated techies have helped power top U.S. tech juggernauts by
  1. New York’s tech community pens letter condemning Trump’s immigration ban by

  1. These tech and telecom companies still haven’t responded to Trump’s immigration ban ...  ... DLL Editor's note -- A similar article posted by Fast Company
  1. 2,344 California profs urge not to drop the U.S. out of the Paris accords on climate change
  1. Elon Musk explains why he won't quit Donald Trump's advisory council   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, TechCrunch

  1. Trump wants to bring sneaker jobs back to the U.S., but they will mostly go to robots
  1. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is leaving Trump's business council following wave of outrage from users  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, VentureBeat, CNET, TechCrunch
  1. Microsoft Requests Exemptions to Trump's Immigration Order:  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, ZDNet, Engadget
D. Hackers ... Dozen - 1
  1. Thanks to we're showing to 200 Oakland students this afternoon!

  1. The enrolled after receiving 24M this past week. Mentorship is vital for success ...
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. In the Silicon Valley, they call it the “3 percent problem”:
  1. ., , and launch of a new initiative to support Oakland-based tech entrepreneurs.
  1. National Society of Black Engineers Launches

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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. Showcasing our African-American female astronauts in honor of Black History Month!
  1. Physicist Ronald E. McNair became the second African American to enter space in 1979
  1. Daughter of ‘Hidden Figures' NASA Mathematician: 'Mom defined fearless' via @
  1. We celebrate & the African-Americans that have been essential to the success of our space program
  1. : Guion Bluford, the first African American in space, was from Philadelphia
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... 1.5 Dozen
  1. Data science is creating a tidal wave of opportunity for women to get into executive leadership. ...
  1. Mapping Higher Ed’s Future: Placing Disruption and Identifying Underserved Populations
  1. Silicon Valley faces a balancing act between White House criticism and engagement ...
  1. You Don’t Need to Be Superwoman to Succeed in via via
  1. What’s new in ? Four experts share their stories ...
  1. ePortfolios Based on Competency Models: Connecting Academia to the Workplace and Back cc:
  1. President Trump may next challenge the tech industry on the hot-button issue of H-1B visas
  1. Why Elon Musk played nice with Donald Trump—but may not for much longer by
  1. Five Key Trends Affecting the Tides of American Higher Education cc:
  1. ‘Hidden Figures’ Director Defends Decision to Add Fictitious White Savior Scenes to Movie via
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. China already has the world's fastest supercomputer. Now it's competing for top A.I. tech.
  1. Who is John Arnold, and why is he spending so much money to raise questions about science? ...

  1. Compelling need exists for colleges to establish better HS relationships & refine competency-based models
  1. 5 Great Data Science TED Talks for Current and Aspiring Analysts via
  1. An Introduction to Data Science Careers via
  1. To hack tech’s giant diversity problem, Google’s turning to and other activists ...
F. Chuckles ... Quarter-Dozen
  1. Every Sean Spicer meltdown from his disastrous first two weeks as Press Secretary  ... DLL Editor's note -- See also SNL's 2/4/17 take on Spicer

  1. Trump ripped Schwarzenegger's 'Apprentice' ratings during the National Payer Breakfast — and Arnold had a great response ...

    Trump ripped Schwarzenegger's 'Apprentice' ratings and he responded

    At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump wanted to "pray" for Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Apprentice" ratings.
  1. The internet is transforming Trump's executive orders into hilarious memes ==>
    Trump's executive orders are being turned into memes
    Donald Trump signed 18 executive orders and memorandums in the first 12 days of his presidency. Not everyone is happy with these orders. Online, people are making some hilarious memes.
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