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Senators agree on patent reforms

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on April 1 said they have reached agreement on key elements of a bill to revise U.S. patent law, Reuters reports -- changes…

Suit dismissed in firing over creationism eMail

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Texas state science curriculum director who alleged that she was illegally fired for sending out an eMail message about a…

Paying in full as the ticket into colleges

Facing fallen endowments and needier students, many colleges are looking more favorably on wealthier applicants as they make their admissions decisions this year, reports the New York Times -- a…

Maine schools feel misled on laptop program

Some local school officials say the governor's plan to expand Maine's laptop program from middle to high schools comes with more strings attached than advertised, reports the Portland Press Herald.…

American University launches Web 2.0 site

American University has launched a new, redesigned web site featuring interactive, multimedia capabilities that combine dynamic content with state-of-the-art Web 2.0 communication tools, FOXBusiness.com reports. …

Teacher gets creative with technology grant

Eastmont Middle School special-education teacher Jennifer Heaney has received a $1,674 grant from the Qwest Foundation to order five optical scanners that translate the written word into spoken sentences, reports…

Social-search site Wikia Search to shut down

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has pulled the plug on social-search web site Wikia Search, which he had hoped would do for search what Wikipedia did for research, Wired reports. …

FAQ: Conficker time bomb ticks, but don’t expect boom

There's been lots of hype about the fact that the latest variant of the Conficker worm is set to start communicating with other computers on the Internet on April 1--like…

Microsoft to discontinue its Encarta encyclopedia

Students and other researchers soon will have one less reliable source for digital information: Microsoft Corp. is to exit its Encarta encyclopedia business later this year after losing ground over…

Colleges line up against allowing guns on campuses

Texas universities are firing back against a bill that would permit students to carry handguns on campus, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. …