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Journalism school to require iPod use

The University of Missouri School of Journalism is requiring that all incoming freshmen have iPhones or iPod Touch devices, reports the Columbia Tribune. …

Students are skeptical whether Kindle DX can replace textbooks

Amazon will have to do much more than enlarge its Kindle to increase the eBook reader's appeal to college students, Wired reports: Many students polled on Twitter listed various reasons…

Wisconsin virtual-school applicants likely to exceed cap

The number of applicants for virtual schools in Wisconsin could exceed the 5,250-student cap set by the state Legislature next fall, WKOW reports. …

Blackboard to buy another rival eLearning firm

Blackboard, the maker of software used by schools and colleges to manage online learning, said on May 6 that it expects to acquire another of its main competitors, Angel Learning…

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'…