Sunday, April 29, 2018

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 4/28/18

Last update: Sunday 4/29/18 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = Quarterly reports from tech's Big Five of Six ... Other top stories = Beyoncé partners with Google to double her HBCU scholarships ... Sprint & T-Mobile agree to merge ... Data from Geneology Website used to catch Golden State Killer

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 4/28/18


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

#EdTech Calendar ... TECH Dozens: 20172016



Cover Story ... $$$ for Tech's Big 5 of 6 +++++++++
... Alphabet/Google ...
  1. Alphabet's earnings-per-share were announced at $13.33, well clear of expectations. ... https://t.co/hzCMlqf6IM ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Recode, Business Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat
... Amazon ...
  1. Amazon surges in after-hours trading following huge earnings beat ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, CNET, The Verge, GeekWire, Engadget, Axios, Recode
... Facebook ...
  1. Facebook reported monthly active users for Q1 that met the average analyst estimate; shares are rising ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, CNET, Recode, Axios, Engadget, VentureBeat, ZDNet, TechCrunch, GeekWire, Wired
... Intel ...
  1. Intel reports strong Q1, accelerates growth in data center business by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, GeekWire, VentureBeat, Forbes
... Microsoft ...
  1. By keeping its head in the cloud, Microsoft makes it rain on shareholders by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, GeekWire, The Verge, ZDNet
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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen
Top Story #1 ... Beyonce/Google HBCU scholarships  +++++++++
  1. Beyoncé announced there'd be double the scholarships on the two-year anniversary of "Lemonade." ... https://t.co/PcWHZW0OTt ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Root, HBCU Buzz, BET, Vibe

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  1. .'s Microsoft are changing their communities for the better — we're proud to have these students on our team:
  1. Congrats to for being named one of Magazine's . Thanks for your work in making —a 12-week coding program for upper-class students majoring in computer science here at Howard - a HUGE Success!



  1. On Friday alumna Ruth J. Simmons was inaugurated as the first female president of ! Congratulations
  1. Now on US Black Engineer: MSU gets its first technology transfer contract. ... https://t.co/StL4sAqh3z
B. Ed Tech  ... Half-Dozen + 4
  1. Educause Releases 2018 Horizon Report Preview
  1.  EdSurge HigherEd 


    Does an online program have to be big to be successful?
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ... 
  1. "As the size of student debt owed has increased, so have monthly payments. The Federal Reserve estimated that the average monthly student loan payment increased from $227 in 2005 to $393 in 2016." VIA
Analytics -- higher ed applications ... 
  1. helps IT troubleshoot, boost performance and improve connectivity on the
  1. A new data visualization tool for higher ed launches
  1. A new online system for scheduling academic support saved students time and increased their self-reliance. by Kes Schroer ()
Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...
  1. AIR Education @Education_AIR


    Competency-based education, a model based on learning rather than seat time, may help students complete college coursework in less time and at a lower cost, but more rigorous evidence is needed. Our webinar series “Makes the Case” for : ... https://t.co/jGdSnFdtgvDirect message
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. The University of Phoenix’s online enrollment plummets while Western Governors and Southern New Hampshire near 100,000 students as they vie to rule the roost ... https://t.co/L6YaYAlaKV

Conferences, workshops, Twitter chats, and other events ...
  1. Replying to   and Thanks for noting this! is a biweekly Twitter chat devoted to topics in digital learning. We hope you can join us next time - on May 8 we'll discuss: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? Here's some more info: ... https://t.co/DbZ8UCrFrW ... EVENT 5 May 18
  1. ICYMI: Check out the latest on : learn all about the 2018 from 's - Ensuring Ethical and Equitable Access in ... EVENT 5-6 June 18
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C. Info Tech  ... Half-Dozen + 4
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...
Top Story #2 ... Sprint T-Mobile merger +++++++++
  1. Sprint and T-Mobile have reached a deal to merge. They're betting regulators will allow the U.S. wireless market to shrink to just 3 big players. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, LA Times, CNN, Business Insider
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  1. Twitter reports second profitable quarter in a row and beats expectations ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by LA Times, NY Times, Bloomberg, VentureBeat, TechCrunch

Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. A study finds nearly half of jobs are vulnerable to automation .... https://t.co/5HUUw1KJ6x

  1.  EdSurge HigherEd @HigherEdSurge
    Ashok K. Goel, a professor of computer science and cognitive science, and his team have refined perhaps the first robot teaching assistant, dubbed Jill Watson.
  1. Robot density: A strange metric elegantly illustrates the revolution underway ... https://t.co/Mr4tZnrbMr
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
Top Story  #3... User DNA catches killer +++++++++
  1. Here’s how investigators used a genealogy website to track down the Golden State Killer, and what it could mean for civil liberties in the era of commercial DNA testing ... https://t.co/hOKjq8ihxA ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Washington Post, TechCrunch, M.I.T Tech Review, Science, Vox
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  1. The Growing Role of AI and ML in Data Security
  1. Facebook exploits the privacy fallacy... via ... https://t.co/L9rdJHDxab
Political context ...
  1. AI could dramatically increase risk of nuclear war by 2040, says new report
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D. Hackers  ... Half-Dozen + 3
Founders, techs, and execs
  1. Featuring academics, data scientists, dev advocates, and more, here are 7 folks to follow in the community:

  1. Now on US Black Engineer: BEYA winner receives Lifetime Achievement Award. ... Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, 2013 Black Engineer of the Year ... https://t.co/kBVyArkEi5
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs

  1. Interested in learning how to code? Want free developer tools has some goodies Available to all MLH hackers - start using it immediately

  1. Does this make anyone else a little nervous? Computer scientists have created an AI that is able to write software ... https://t.co/ikA7rNh0xR
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, etc
  1. BlackTech Weekend NYC - presented by Etsy with support from Barclays ... https://t.co/X6H8b3CFRe ... EVENT 17 - 19 May 18
  1. BDPA Technology Conference in New Orleans 8/9-8/11 Register Now! ... EVENT 9-11 August 18
  1. The Future of Gathers Here: On May 1st & 2nd join 400 business professionals and 4,000 data scientists helping shape the future of AI at Accelerate AI, East 2018! ... EVENT 1-2 May 18
  1. Register Now! May 5th Houston Parent-Daughter Workshop! - ... EVENT 5 May 18
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E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen + 5

  1. "We are in the process of outsourcing our brains to computers and our bodies to . The questions that comes out of this transition are profound, for they relate to what it means to be human." - Excerpt "The Fourth Age" by - Get it here.
  1. Measuring out federal support for HBCUs through five key programs of institutional support puts Barack Obama and Donald Trump in a different perspective.
  1. Artificial intelligence will be worth $1.2 trillion to the enterprise in 2018 ... https://t.co/QQ0RLMDmVs
  1. ICYMI: Read 'Robot-Proof' If you only read one higher ed book this year... (opinion)
  1. It's time to address the reproducibility crisis in AI by Direct messag
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. You might have thought the ability to edit our genes was something of the far-away future. Here's your guide to that future, because it's already here ... https://t.co/H0dsy0bdLd
  1. "On the blockchain” is basically the new “Uber, but for.” Which means if you haven't learned what it is yet, now's the time. Presenting the WIRED Guide to the blockchain ... https://t.co/eaiRxWwRY2
  1. “The internet unlocked applications we didn’t think were possible—like Twitter, which came completely out of the blue. The same way the internet revolutionized communication, blockchain is going to revolutionize trust." ... https://t.co/nPVHVMnHFh
  1. One researcher at the U of Maryland has been warning about the potential misuse of Facebook data for years. Here's her advice for better safeguarding privacy on Facebook (with the help of scholars). ... https://t.co/y1HEgPBfaQ
  1. In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy. But new rules may instead serve to strengthen Facebook and Google’s hegemony. ... https://t.co/N6mDTU2Gnv
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F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Half-Dozen + 3
  1. A new study finds that status anxiety, not poverty, motivated support for Trump. reports: ... https://t.co/RjcQZaoRtG ... DLL Editor's note -- This study also discussed by The Economist, NY Times, Washington Post ... and the study More... ...
  1. Proximity to President Trump has been crushing for many aides who joined the White House with stellar careers. Their fates are cautionary tales.
  1. Benjamin Santer, a 62-year-old atmospheric scientist led the effort to draft the National Academy of Sciences' statement against the Trump Administration. Because his work is almost entirely funded by the Department of Energy, he now fears losing his job. ... https://t.co/LYonwBQoLYAssign To
  2. .: Americans Startled by Spectacle of President Who Can Speak English.
  1. Trump had to be coaxed by Fox & Friends hosts to get off the phone at the conclusion of this morning's interview. What he said in a wild 30 minutes: ... https://t.co/uKQ0EmWzrx
@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 or #25 ... 
  1. Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community - Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades - Legacy Stuff! Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).
  1. House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia. As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies. There should never have been a Special Counsel appointed. Witch Hunt!