Edupage, April 12, 2006

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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006 Microsoft Debuts Academic Search Service Stanford Announces Online High School for Gifted Youth Google Rebuffs Critics, Expands Chinese Research Center China Adopts New Rule to Address Software Piracy

Microsoft has introduced a new service called Windows Live Academic
Search to compete directly with Google's similar service, Google
Scholar. Danielle Tiedt, general manager of content acquisition for
Microsoft, noted that the academic search market exceeds the market for
nonacademic users by a factor of six, and some analysts have predicted
that the academic search market will grow to $10 billion by 2010.
Microsoft's new service was launched with limited content--only
resources from computer science, electrical engineering, and physics
are included because these fields provide "the most highly structured
metadata," according to Tiedt. Microsoft has partnered with a number of
leading academic organizations and publishers and plans to add to the
content included in the service. Tiedt also said the new service fits
with Microsoft's efforts to cultivate relationships with academics
Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 April 2006 (sub. req'd)

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Stanford University has announced that its existing Education Program
for Gifted Youth program will in the fall begin offering a full high
school curriculum and a diploma to students who complete it. Started in
1992, the Education Program for Gifted Youth currently offers online
courses to about 4,000 students between the ages of 4 and 18. The new
offerings will round out a high school curriculum and will establish
the program as the first online high school that targets gifted
students. Other institutions, such as the University of Miami and the
University of Texas, operate online high schools without a focus on
high-performing students. Stanford's new program will be open to
students in grades 10-12 who must apply for admission; demonstrate
excellent achievement after they are enrolled; and pay tuition for the
program, which is expected to be about $12,000 per year. Stanford said
it will offer financial assistance and will particularly look for
students from disadvantaged schools.

Responding to critics of Google's decision to filter certain content
to Chinese users, CEO Eric Schmidt reiterated the company's position
that it is better to have a presence in China with some restrictions
than not to be there at all. Other Internet companies operating in
China face the same restrictions as Google--preventing access to sites
the government deems objectionable--and Schmidt said Google has not
received any complaints from Chinese users. Noting that one-fifth of
the world's population lives in China and that many of them are or
will be Internet users, Schmidt said Google would comply with
applicable local laws and would expand its research operation in the
country. The company currently employs about 30 engineers in its R&D
facility in Beijing and plans to increase that number to 100. Schmidt
also said Google is working with Chinese libraries to include their
books in its Book Search program, which is scanning millions of books
for online access.
Wall Street Journal, 12 April 2006 (sub. req'd)

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Following trade talks with the United States, Chinese authorities have
issued a new guideline requiring PC manufacturers to load a licensed
operating system on all computers before they leave the factory.
Although an official from the State Copyright Bureau in China denied
that the new regulation is in response to foreign pressure--insisting
it was implemented for "the country's economic development"--China has
long been seen as a haven for software pirates, with piracy rates as
high as 90 percent. Under the new rule, computer makers must install
legally licensed operating systems on all systems, and retailers who
sell imported computers must do the same. Furthermore, computer
manufacturers and vendors of operating systems must report the numbers
of computers made and operating systems installed each year to the
country's Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The MII also stated
that software makers should provide "favorable pricing and qualified
service" to computer manufacturers.
BBC, 12 April 2006

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