Sunday, June 18, 2017

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 6/17/17

Last update: Sunday 6/18/17 @ 3:30 pm

This week's cover =  Amazon buys Whole Foods ... Other top stories = E3 2017 Announcements by Sony, Microsoft, & Ubisoft ... Uber's CEO takes leave of absence ... Russia hacked 39 states in U.S. election

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 6/17/17

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

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech 

TECH Dozens 2016

Cover Story ... Amazon buys Whole Foods ++++++++

  1.  Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, dives into bricks, clicks, groceries  ... DLL Editor's note -- Facebook's efforts to block terrorism also covered by Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, NY Times, Economist, Bloomberg, Washington Post, CNET, Engadget, Fast Company, TheNextWeb
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A. HBCUS ... Dozen - 3
  1.  Hampton University Prof. Dr. M. Patrick McCormick Inducted in NASA Hall of Honors
  2.  Since its founding, Savannah State has engaged in cutting-edge research.
  1.   is well underway here at Harris-Stowe. Visit for more information.
  1.  Someday, a small farm on Mars may be growing materials for biofuel using an invention developed at SSU.
  1.  It's sea turtle nesting season in the area and is helping the hatchlings find the ocean. 🌊🌾🐢
  1.  Hampton University Invites High School Students to Explore the 'Business of Engineering'

  2.  . Mechanical Engineering Wei Guo to perform research in Japan on JSPS Fellowship
B. Ed Tech ... Half-Dozen +3
  1.  The Telltale Data That Can Identify College Students at Risk ... Via NY Times ...

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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1.  Classroom, not-online courses, may be best for least-prepared students
  1.  Facebook testing features to let users teach online courses... Via Inside Higher Ed ==>
  1.  Lack of faculty time & training limits digital learning more than resistance does
  1.  Online meets on-campus. Learn how piloted an edX course for full-credit for residential students. ...
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 6

Top Story #1 ... E3 2017 +++++++++++
Sony ... 
  1.  Here's everything Sony showed us at  ... DLL Editor's note -- Sony's announcements also covered by CNET, Gamespot, The Verge, Polygon
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Microsoft ... 

  1.  E3 2017: All The Microsoft Xbox One Press Conference News  ... DLL Editor's note -- Microsoft's announcements also covered by Kotaku, CNET, The Verge
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Ubisoft ...  

  1.  Ubisoft's E3 2017 games include Assassin's Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and more by ... ... DLL Editor's note -- Ubisoft's announcements also covered by Kotaku, Gamespot, Polygon, The Verge
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  1.  NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets:

  1.  US drops $258m on supercomputer development to chase down China
  1.  These are the states with the fastest — and slowest — internet speeds: ...
  1.  A controversial study is tearing the CRISPR world apart.
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

Top Story #2 ... Uber CEO leaves +++++++++++
  1.   CEO Takes Leave of Absence Amidst Management Shakeup: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, NY Times, Recode, TechCrunch, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider ... plus long form Wired ... plus Holder's report
  1.  "We are very encouraged that they have taken this as seriously as we had hoped." ... TechCrunch
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  1.  A look at Bezos' donations after he asks for philanthropy ideas focused on "the right now"
  1.  Google, Apple, and other tech companies dominate ranking of the world's most valuable brands
  1.  Apple issues $1 billion green bond after Trump's Paris climate exit ... ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget
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Internet of Things, the Cloud ...

  1.  A computer revolution is taking place behind the screens
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1.  Apple confirms it's working on self-driving cars  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by MIT Tech Review
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1.  This new approach to AI could prove significant in the quest to make machines as intelligent as we are. ...
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

Top Story #3 ... Russia hacked 39 states +++++++++
  1.  Russia hacked 39 states to influence the 2016 election ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by PCMag, ExtremeTech, Bloomberg, Fortune, Vox, Washington Post
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  1.  Facebook says it wants "to be a hostile place for terrorists" ... DLL Editor's note -- Facebook's efforts to block terrorism also covered by Wired, TheNextWeb
  1.  Cyber experts identify malware that could disrupt U.S. power grid ...

  1.  Microsoft confirms latest security fixes thwart NSA hacking tools  
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Science and technology policies

  1.  Mystery internet company challenges NSA’s mass surveillance order  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet

D. Hackers ... Dozen + 1
#TechInclusion Seattle
  1.  Thanks ! Seattle conference is a wrap! Tomorrow is the career fair 11am -3pm

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@In3DC ... My Brothers Keeper 
  1.  Come FLYE with us @ ! Future Leaders & Young Entreprenuers

  2.  Fifth business - FLYE - pitching at the DC My Brothers Keeper pitch competition w & at
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1.  Uber is creating a Chief Diversity Officer position as part of an attempt to change its company culture: ...
  1.  Check out our first piece where we address our approach to this work & why we focus on Black and Latinx folks: ...
  1.  Fundraising while black: New podcast helps POC navigate the venture capital landscape
  1.  This coding school lifts New Yorkers out of poverty—and then asks them to pay it forward
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Coding & Coders
  1.  What is Docker and why is it so darn popular?
  1.  The Google Digital Academy in London looks to ‘educate and inspire.’
  1.  Interested in a career? This 40+ page is your complete guide to getting started: ...
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 1
  1.  Education Technology Vendors in Higher Ed: Friends or Foes?
  1.  Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement shows Koch Brothers’ power... via New Yorker ==> via
  1.  These Red Flags Signal Competency Education’s Three Biggest Misconceptions ...
  1.  Why the hung parliament isn’t a big deal for UK tech by
  1.  5 key trends, for all institutions, embedded in the Purdue-Kaplan acquisition (essay)
  1.  Before America First there was “nation-building at home,” via ...
  1.  Canadian Tech Is Having A Moment. The Trick Is Not to Mess It Up ... via ==>
  1.  A Lawsuit Attacks the Marketing of the Presidency via ...
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Krugman on mega-tweet on GOPcare
  1.  The key to what's going on in the Senate on health care goes back to the origins and logic of ObamaRomneycare 1/
  1.  Replying to   Think of it as an attempt to solve the problem of how to make health care available to people with preexisting conditions 2/
  1.  Replying to   One answer would be national health insurance -- Medicare or Medicaid for all. But that seemed politically out of reach. So compromise 3/
  1.  Replying to   Regulate insurers to prevent discrimination based on medical history; mandate that individuals have insurance to prevent death spiral 4/
  1.  Replying to   And subsidies to make it possible for lower-income families to afford insurance -- 100% subsidies for those at bottom via Medicaid 5/
    1.  Replying to   Mandate should have been stronger and subsidies larger, but this has still achieved a lot of coverage at relatively low cost 6/
  1.  Replying to   So what is the Republican alternative? What's their answer for people with low incomes and/or preexisting conditions? 7/
  1.  Replying to   There are two possible answers. (1) Deregulate everything, and the magic of markets will make insurance affordable for all 8/Assign To
  1.  Replying to   Or (2) The poor (and even the Trump-loving working class) and the sick should just die already; tax cuts for rich are more important 9/
  1.  Replying to  But (1) is obvious voodoo, which even Rs can't say with a straight face, while (2), while probably the true position, can't be said 10/
    1.  Replying to  So the only way to proceed -- aside from, you know, just letting the law work -- is to work in secret and try to pass with bum's rush 11/
  1.  Replying to  This is why questioning Rs about what they're doing and why gets answered with evasive word salad. There is no honest, non-awful answer 12/
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1.  In praise of pachyderms: Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans ... via  ...
  1.  On some of the most critical issues facing the future of higher ed, a round-up of expert opinions ... DLL Editor's note -- YouTube videos of all of the panel sessions at this NY Times annual forum were posted by the New York Times
  1.  U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS ... via NY Times ==>
F. Chuckles ... Dozen - 3
  1.  Amazon’s deal for Whole Foods sparks string of Alexa jokes
  1.  My lawyers got Trump to admit to 30 lies under oath. New column by  via Bloomberg ...
  1.  Tweets will be official presidential records if the Covfefe Act passes
  1.  Report: Trump tells senators that Trumpcare is too 'mean'

... ICYMI This week's @realDonaldTrump ...
  1.  Congratulations! 'First New Coal Mine of Trump Era Opens in Pennsylvania'

  1.  I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
  2.  Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
  3.  The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people! I can go around them
  4.  After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians," nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!

... ICYMI comments about UK election by John Oliver

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