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California to develop free digital textbooks for high school students

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 6 launched an initiative to make California the first state in the nation to offer schools free, open-source digital textbooks for high school students,…

Microsoft’s Ballmer gives pep talk to Stanford students

It's a tough time to leave school and start a business, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did his best on May 6 to make a hall full of Stanford University…

Irish student’s Wikipedia hoax dupes newspapers

An Irish student's fake quote on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been used in newspaper obituaries around the world, an experiment that reveals the danger in relying solely on user-edited…

More cell phone users dropping landlines

In a high-tech shift accelerated by the recession, the number of U.S. households opting for only cell phones has for the first time surpassed those that just have traditional landlines,…

Feds reverse course on flu-related school closings

Easing recommendations that have closed scores of schools nationwide, federal health authorities said May 5 that the new swine flu spreading across America is too mild to warrant continued closures,…

Fight brews over ‘metering’ of internet use

In what might be the first big test in the "net neutrality" debate for the Obama administration, consumers are protesting a plan by Time Warner Cable Inc. to "meter" customers'…

NASA announces high school science program

U.S. high school students are being invited to take part in a NASA program designed to attract them to science and technology fields, UPI reports. …

New P2P bills focus on security, not copyright

In the wake of news reports that classified and confidential information is popping up on file-sharing networks worldwide, Congress on May 5 tackled two bills intended to protect users from…

School searching Facebook for parties

University at Buffalo students planning a graduation party this weekend could get a phone call from the school, thanks to the tools many students already use, WGRZ reports. …

Touch-screen lecture hall speeds up feedback

As a third-year university student, James White knows how difficult it can be to participate in a lecture with more than 100 other people in the room. But that's about…