PowerUP, a massive educational technology effort that undertook to bridge the "digital divide" by installing millions of dollars worth of computer equipment in schools and community centers nationwide, closed its doors for good Oct. 31, leaving schools in need with one less friend to turn to.

Though it failed to eliminate the divide, the program—established in 1999—did succeed in equipping nearly 1,000 high-tech computer labs in underserved areas across the country before pulling the plug.

Backed by such high-profile corporate sponsors as AOL Time Warner Inc., Cisco Systems...

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