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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. Photo: IBM

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will announce a plan to create 1,800 jobs over the next two years in France in areas like AI, blockchain, cloud computing and IoT. On Thursday, Rometty will also make new moves around privacy and social good efforts.

The bottom line: IBM continues to make moves aimed at distancing itself from peers caught up in the techlash.

What's happening: IBM plans to hire both new graduates and experienced workers for a range of positions, including business consultants, IT architects, developers and technical experts. IBM is also expanding a big effort to train workers for what it has called "New Collar" jobs. (IBM has been making a similar pitch in the U.S.)

Rometty is making the announcements later today at the Tech for Good Summit, where she is speaking along with French President Emmanuel Macron. Also this week:

  • Rometty is expected to make a new commitment on data privacy as well as castigate tech companies that can't protect their customers' data and/or won't commit to not using it without permission. That will come Thursday — one day before GDPR protections kick in — as she speaks at VivaTech.
  • Finally, IBM is teaming up with some new partners on the social good front.

Meanwhile: Rometty isn't the only techie in Paris this week. Bloomberg's "Sooner Than You Think" conference lineup includes:

  • Cambridge Analytica whislteblower Christopher Wylie
  • Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun
  • Atomico CEO Niklas Zennström
  • DeepMind Co-Founder Mustafa Suleyman

Go deeper: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg denies monopoly in EU testimony.

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Minnesota governor denounces alleged police violence against media

Law enforcement officers pepper spray freelance photographer Tim Evans (L) as he identifies himself a working journalist outside the Brooklyn Center police station on Friday. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Gov. Tim Walz (D) spoke out Sunday over allegations that journalists covering unrest in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center have endured police violence, telling CBS Minnesota: "Apologies are not enough, it just cannot happen."

Why it matters: Since violations of press freedoms came to national attention last year, with reports of journalists being arrested and assaulted while covering anti-racism protests, violent encounters with law enforcement seem to have become the norm.

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In photos: Students evacuated as wildfire burns historic Cape Town buildings

Firefighters try, in vain, to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town, after a forest fire came down the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A massive wildfire spread from the foothills of Table Mountain to the University of Cape Town Sunday, burning historic South African buildings and forcing the evacuation of 4,000 students, per Times Live.

The big picture: Visitors to the Table Mountain National Park and other nearby attractions were also evacuated and several roads including a major highway, were closed. South Africa's oldest working windmill and the university's Jagger Library, which houses SA antiquities, were among the buildings damaged.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

3 killed, 2 wounded overnight in Kenosha bar shooting

Three people died and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries after a gunman opened fire in a bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, the police department said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest: Officers arrested a "person of interest" Sunday afternoon in connection with the 12:42 a.m. shooting and there's "no threat to the community at this time," per a police statement.