Sunday, October 01, 2017

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 9/30/17

Last update: Sunday 10/1/17 @ 12 :30 pm
This week's cover = Twitter  tells Congress that Russians posted divisive fake news in 2016 election and during recent national anthem controversy ... Other stories = Twitter doubles character limit to 280 ... Amazon's new Echo, Alexa, and Fire TV ... IKEA buys TaskRabbit

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant #EdTech innovations in the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 9/30/17

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

Cover Story ... Russia's divisive tweets +++++++++
  1.  Researchers found 600 Russian-linked Twitter accounts that fueled the debate   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, LA Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, VentureBeat, Gizmodo, Recode, The Verge, CNET, Slate ... and Twitter

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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen
  1.  Amid Controversy, White House Reveals 2017 HBCU All-Stars ...
  1.  News: Elizabeth City State University increases enrollment by 72 percent
  1.  Don't forget to apply for the HBCU Scholars Program.
  1.  Tuskegee Receives $300K Computer Science Teaching and Training Grant ...
  1.  Only 29 college presidents show up to National HBCU Week Conference - Amsterdam News ... message
  2.  The JBHE Weekly Bulletin for September 28th is here. Read it now at: and subscribe here:
B. Ed Tech  ... Dozen + 5
  1.  Scores on new SAT show large gaps by race and ethnicity ...
  1.  Students aren't turning to advisors or counselors for career information; they're asking people in the workforce. ...
  1.  New research on background, educational characteristics, plans, enrollments, completion of first-generation students
  1.  America's 20 most innovative colleges for adult learners ...
  1.  Dual-enrolled students are more likely to graduate high school, attend college & earn degrees than their peers
  1.  Survey: Faculty Getting More Confident in Tech Skills, but Students' Skills Are Slipping
  1.  Chief diversity officers - 5 major challenges   ...
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  1.  Report: 20 University of Phoenix campuses to close ...
  1.  US Dept of Ed approves sale of Kaplan to Purdue via ...

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Analytics ... 
  1.  A Strategic Focus on Outcomes: Shifting From Access to Success with Data
  1.  How can states improve data innovation in ed systems? ...
Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...
  1.  No grades. Flexible coursework. Competency-based programs may look different, but are ideal for many students.
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1.  "The professor concluded that the problem wasn’t the students. It was him." ...
  1.  Full report looks at faculty and student experiences in the online humanities classroom:

Conferences, workshops, Twitter chats, and other events ...
  1.  Check out the from this week's OUTSTANDING "So you want to be a (better) "
C. Info Tech  ... Dozen + 2
Top Story #1 ... Twitter's 280 characters +++++++++
  1.  Twitter will lift its 140-character limit for a small group as an experiment ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Wired, Wall Street Journal, Recode, The Verge, Fast Company, CNET, Engadget, GeekWire, Mashable
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Top Story #2 ... Amazon's new hardware +++++++++
  1.  The 5 biggest announcements from today’s Amazon hardware event ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg, VentureBeat, CNET, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, ZDNet, GeekWire

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  1.  .'s vision for a new rocket is one that's actually earth-bound. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Verge, CNET, Digital Trends, GeekWire, TechRepublic
  1.  Microsoft Ignite 2017: Everything that was just announced ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Forbes, ZDNet, TechRepublic
  1.  Bing gets the boot, Siri now uses Google  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge

  1.  Russia and the US will work together to build a moon base ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Forbes

    Russia and the US will build a moon base | Engadget Today

    This means the Deep Space Gateway might actually happen. Follow @Engadget for more.
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  1.  Software companies are contributing an outsized share of growth to the US economy — and not just in Silicon Valley:
  1.  “Repatriations did not lead to an increase in domestic investment, domestic employment or R.&D.” ...
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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1.  4 industries that are making the best use of blockchain technology

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Self-driving and/or electric vehicles ...
  1.  Forget vacuum cleaners and hand dryers: British consumer engineering firm now wants to become an automaker. ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNET, Mashable
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1.  Air travel: Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside ... via ...
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
  1.  What Whole Foods hasn't said about its payment card data breach  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, PCMag, Business Insider, CNET
  1.  Equifax breach shows signs of a possible state-sponsored hack ...
Political context ...
  1.  Trump, diverging from his secretary of state, says Tillerson is 'wasting his time' on North Korea talks
D. Hackers  ... Dozen 
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1.  DePaul’s Coding Academy at Blue1647 Returned Bigger and Better This Summer via
  1.  Learn more about our partnership with Colgate by watching this video from our NYC Hackathon!
  1.  New Dell exec’s big job: Upgrade diversity at world’s largest private tech firm ...
  1.  . says it’s made significant progress hiring with women in the workforce ...
  1.  Lyft's diversity efforts are not going unnoticed by
Founders, techs, and execs
Top Story  #3... IKEA buys TaskRabbit +++++++++
  1.  Ikea bought TaskRabbit today for undisclosed amount. Listen back to 's intv w/ CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot: ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Bloomberg, CNET, LA Times, Fast Company ... and IKEA
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  1.  . Opens Research Facility Honoring “Hidden Figures” Hero Katherine Johnson

Code & Coders
  1.  What contract tech workers get paid in cities around the country. (Hint: It’s more than salaried workers.) ...
  1.  Programmers will soon have to code for quantum devices, and Microsoft wants to provide the language to do so ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget
  1.  Want to be a better programmer? Try Microsoft's 'code-writing', question-answering Stack Overflow Bot
  1.  We'll still need human developers to write software... for now ...
E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1.  A rift is growing between Big Tech and civil society, and "it will probably only continue to get more pronounced" ...
  1.  All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
  1.  Trump Creates Chaos and Confusion ...
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1.  IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S. ... via ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet
  1.  Everything we know—and don’t know—about Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, and the subsequent investigations ...

F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Dozen + 1
    1.  U.S. responded more forcefully to Haiti quake in 2010 than to Puerto Rico disaster ...
  1.  The Mayor of San Juan is wading through sewage, searching for people with a bullhorn while insults her on twitter.
  1.  San Juan Mayor Rebukes Trump Administration for Rosy Comments on Relief Effort...via ...
  1.  Lost weekend: How Trump’s time at his golf club hurt the response to Maria in devastated Puerto Rico ...
  1.  General overseeing Puerto Rico response breaks with Trump: We don’t have enough troops or equipment
  1.  So, it totally fits the pattern that Trump is attacking the mayor San Juan. She challenged him and she's a woman (and Hispanic, obviously.)

    She has been working 24/7. 
    You have been GOLFING.
    You're going straight to hell. 
    Fastest golf cart you ever took.
  1.  Much as Hurricane Maria was a predictable catastrophe, so is Trump’s cruel reaction, says ...
  1.  Opinion: Trump's deadly narcissism ... Paul Krugman ...
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@POTUS in his own words ... #FakePresident "45" until #2020 or #25 ... :-(
  1.  ...Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They....Direct message
  2.  ...want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.
  1.  Because of my people are not getting the credit they deserve for doing a great job. As seen here, they are ALL doing a GREAT JOB!


    I want everybody on the ground in PR & USVI assisting in Hurricane Maria relief efforts to know that we are grateful & thankful to all of you! Ignore the FAKE NEWS & keep up the GREAT WORK! THANK YOU!
  1.  ..But the people were Pro-Trump! Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months-and economy roaring
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