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FTC cracks down on kids’ online privacy violations

Sending a clear message that it intends to enforce a law aimed at protecting children’s privacy online, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined one toy manufacturer because it failed…

Study: Kids’ web sites often confusing for students

Children don’t have the patience to navigate the complex designs of many of the web sites targeted to their age group, according to a study released April 15 that observed…

‘Spyware’ catches school tech directors by surprise

Security researcher Steve Gibson was testing intrusion-detection software on his computer when it suddenly warned him: A program he knew nothing about was trying to send data out to the…

Researcher: Allow online votes in school board elections

Allowing people to vote over the internet could draw millions more Americans to the polls, according to a University of Arizona study. The lead researcher recommends that states begin testing…

High court overturns ban on ‘virtual’ child porn

The government went too far in trying to ban computer simulations and other fool-the-eye depictions of teen-agers or children having sex, the Supreme Court ruled April 16. Many opponents of…

House committee OKs creation of web domain for kids

A bill that aims to create a special internet domain for children’s web sites passed a House committee April 10, but only after lawmakers added more stringent rules for the…

School system helps promote filtering device—for TV

A Tennessee school system has earned $7,000 for helping to promote a new technology designed to block offensive language from television programming. In an agreement with Global Cable Inc. of…

Microsoft issues patch for 10 new web-security flaws

Schools using certain versions of Microsoft’s web server software are encouraged to download a patch the company issued April 10 to fix ten newly discovered security flaws, the most serious…

ZZZMicrosoft issues patch for 10 new web-security flaws

Schools using certain versions of web server software are encouraged to download a patch the company issued April 10 to fix ten newly discovered security flaws, the most serious of…

Robotics competition sparks students’ interest in science and technology

Large-screen TV close-up images of wheels spinning, gears turning, and sparks flying—and deafening cheers of hyped-up high school students—provided the backdrop for a high-tech gathering of future scientists April 4-6.…