¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤,¸¸,ø¤º Please link to the Educational CyberPlayGround http://www.edu-cyberpg.com Add your K12 SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT URL http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/schools/ Please Share and Add Your Song http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/ncfr/ Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List ¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤,¸¸,ø¤º ***************************************************** Edupage is a service of EDUCAUSE, ***************************************************** TOP STORIES FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006 Higher Education and IBM Announce Joint Initiative Group Wants to Offer Online Courses in Spanish Princeton Arranges Free Online Music China Enters Copyright Agreement Boeing Loses Another Laptop HIGHER EDUCATION AND IBM ANNOUNCE JOINT INITIATIVE IBM and seven universities will collaborate on research projects under the auspices of the Open Collaborative Research program, an effort launched last year by several universities and HP, Intel, Cisco, and IBM. Some academics and corporate officials believe that the current climate of innovation has become too restrictive due to growing concerns over intellectual property and commercialization of new technologies. The new initiative is intended to foster a renewed sense of cooperation between industry and academia in the areas of research and development. Elisa Bertino, computer scientist at Purdue University, said, "Universities in the United States want to protect their intellectual property but more and more see the importance of collaboration." In addition to Purdue, other partners in the program are Carnegie Mellon; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Davis; Columbia University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Rutgers University. New York Times, 14 December 2006 (registration req'd) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/14/technology/14blue.html Military Industrial Educational Complex http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/militaryuniversity.html GROUP WANTS TO OFFER ONLINE COURSES IN SPANISH The Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER), an international educational organization, hopes to establish partnerships with U.S. colleges and universities through which it can offer online courses in Spanish. The group already offers online courses taught in Spanish and Portuguese to students in Europe and Latin America. Officials from FUNIBER said they want to extend their offerings to the 42 million Spanish speakers in the United States. Sergio Abramovich, head of the new U.S. office for FUNIBER, said that many working professionals in this country are fluent in English and Spanish but "prefer to study for that master's degree or that PhD in Spanish." He added that students are more comfortable taking an online course from a local, known institution, which is why FUNIBER is working to offer its courses through U.S. institutions. FUNIBER joins several other organizations offering online courses in the United States taught in Spanish, including the University of Phoenix. Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 December 2006 (sub. req'd) http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/12/2006121501t.htm Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education http://tinyurl.com/lznbm PRINCETON ARRANGES FREE ONLINE MUSIC Princeton University announced a deal with Ruckus under which students at the institution will have free access to the 1.5 million tracks in the online music service's library. The cost of the service will be covered by advertisements, but students will have to pay about $20 per semester if they want to transfer songs to portable music players. Another potential snag in the program is that songs from Ruckus are not compatible with iPods, still the most popular portable music players, particularly among college students. Byron Austin, a senior at Princeton, pointed to the incompatibility with iPods as a real problem, saying that although "the service is progress...it still has a long way to go." Silicon Valley, 14 December 2006 http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/16239474.htm 2006 RUCKUS MOVES TO NEW BUSINESS MODEL - http://tinyurl.com/92jcm Music and video download company Ruckus Network is dropping its subscription model for an ad-based model and has announced a deal with Internet2 to distribute content over its high-speed network.Ruckus was not able to attract significant numbers of subscribers under its old plan.
CHINA ENTERS COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT http://news.com.com/2100-1014_3-6144063.html Chinese authorities this week announced an agreement with four trade associations about the ongoing problem of copyright infringement, which is reportedly rampant in China. The Business Software Alliance and the Publishers Association (both in the United Kingdom), the Association of American Publishers, and the Motion Picture Association of America (in the United States) signed the memorandum of understanding, under which the organizations will provide the Chinese government with lists of products that should be protected by copyright law. The four groups will also keep Chinese authorities informed about legal actions against suspected copyright infringers. The National Copyright Association of China will oversee the information from the four groups and will work to improve the country's efforts at enforcing copyrights. Copyright P2P DRM Enforcment http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Internet/1copyright.html BOEING LOSES ANOTHER LAPTOP For the third time in just over a year, a Boeing laptop containing personal information has been stolen. In November 2005, a laptop with data on 160,000 current and former employees was swiped, and another laptop was taken in April, that time with 3,600 records. In the latest incident, an employee left a laptop unattended, and it was stolen. This one included names and Social Security numbers of 382,000 employees and retirees, who have not yet been notified of the theft of their personal information, which included addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and, for some, salary information. Tim Neale, a spokesperson for the aircraft maker, said, "It's very disturbing to us when things like this happen." He said that Boeing understands that it must do more to prevent such incidents from recurring. Security http://tinyurl.com/vzqmv TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2006 Higher Ed Tops in Data Breaches Two Foundations Join to Improve Third-World Schools PC Magazine Names Villanova as Most Wired MySpace Coming to Cell Phones Verizon to Build Fiber-Optic Link to China HIGHER ED TOPS IN DATA BREACHES Educational institutions reportedly have had more information security breaches than government, business, financial service, and health-care companies and are twice as likely to report breaches as other entities. According to Ron Ben-Natan, chief technology officer at database security and monitoring first Guardium, "College and university databases are the ideal target for cyber criminals and unscrupulous insiders [because] they store large volumes of high-value data on students and parents.... At the same time, these organizations need open networks to effectively support their faculty, students, and corporate partners." Even if the data are not used immediately for identity theft, the risk remains, as names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth don't change. New York Times, 18 December 2006 (registration req'd) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/18/technology/18link.html TWO FOUNDATIONS JOIN TO IMPROVE THIRD-WORLD SCHOOLS The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plan to donate at least $60 million over the next three years to improve schools in third-world countries. The Gates Foundation will give $40 million to the Hewlett Foundation, which will contribute $20 million to the project. Said Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest, "It is the first time in our history that we have received a grant from another institution." Sylvia Mathews, president of the Gates Foundation global development program, said that the grant is the largest they have given another grant-making organization. She said her foundation was eager to bolster education in developing nations but realized they would be more successful if they worked with an organization that already had expertise in the field. San Jose Mercury News, 18 December 2006 http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/16266719.htm PC MAGAZINE NAMES VILLANOVA AS MOST WIRED Princeton Review, an educational and test preparation company, and PC Magazine surveyed about 240 colleges and universities to select the United States top "wired" campus. They declared Villanova University the winner, with its advanced finance lab that gives students access to Wall Street tools, including stock tickers. The university also provides laptops to freshmen, preloaded with software and applications they will use in their fields of study. The laptops and more than half the campus have wireless support. Michael Pagano, associate professor of finance in the School of Business, designed the lab in partnership with colleague David Nawrocki, professor of finance. The lab opened in January 2005. Said Pagano, "There's a growing demand to put finance theory into practice. It's nice if you can show them real numbers, blinking in real time." The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 December 2006 http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/education/16243326.htm MYSPACE COMING TO CELL PHONES Cingular Wireless plans to offer its customers a version of the social-networking site MySpace.com on its phones for about $3 a month. Users reportedly will be able to upload photos taken on their cell phones, read and respond to MySpace e-mail, update blog entries, and view and search for friends. Users must download a Java software application to their cell phones to access the new services. Cell-phone service provider Helio also offers MySpace services on its phones, although with fewer options. CNET, 17 December 2006 http://news.com.com/2100-1039_3-6144395.html VERIZON TO BUILD FIBER-OPTIC LINK TO CHINA Verizon Communications plans to build an undersea, fiber-optic link between the United States and China, partnering with China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, and companies in Korea and Taiwan. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2007 and end late in 2008. Data transport speeds are predicted to reach 10 gigabits per second for individual customers. The new line enhances a lower-speed system that is the sole direct link between the two countries. 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