Jobs thinks Dell should eat his words

The New York Times reports that on Friday, January 13, 2006, Steve Jobs shared an e-mail chuckle with his employees at the expense of Michael Dell. The message was prompted by stock price surge that pushed Apple’s market capitalization past Dell’s. In 1997, Dell had suggested that Apple should shut down, and give the money to the shareholders… (Note: This site requires free registration.)

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Annoying someone online now a federal crime

News.com reports that on January 12, 2006, President Bush signed into law a prohibition against posting anonymous web messages or emails that are annoying in nature. The prohibition is buried in the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison. Some critics contend that the term “annoy” is particularly problematic…

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More than $5,000 for community literacy programs

The Starbucks Foundation funds programs for youth, ages 6-18, who integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. The Starbucks Foundation invites letters of inquiry from qualifying organizations that work with underserved youth in the fields of literacy (reading, writing and creative/media arts) and environmental literacy.

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Travel expenses for energy conservation efforts

The program encourages teachers across the United States and parts of Canada to ask their students what they as individuals can do to make a difference. Open to K-12 students, the challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy and the environment. Student entries must reflect the theme “Igniting Creative Energy” and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or community. Students may express their ideas in the form of documented science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music or video or website projects. They may also submit recent service projects, or results from the National Energy Foundation’s own Energy Patrol activities.

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Teachers’ credentials questioned

The Contra Costa Times reports that the Contra Costa, California, superintendent of schools is investigating the West Contra Costa school district’s high school technology programs. Auditors are trying to determine whether tech teachers at three high schools are properly credentialed…

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$10,000 and a trip to Sweden for community environmental projects

Volvo Adventure recognizes and rewards practical environmental action being taken by young people in their local community. It is open to young people around the world aged between 10 and 16 years, working with schools and youth and community groups. Winners will receive a prize to fund their project, as well as a trip to the Volvo Adventure Conference in Sweden. Volvo Adventure is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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$3,000 for programs that inspire young readers

The award funds schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations with programs promoting a love of reading or encouraging families to read together. Target particularly focuses on programs that inspire the youngest readers (birth through third grade). Examples of Reading Grants are: Saturday Superstars Book Club, Readers for Life, After School Read Aloud and Families Read Together.

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iTunes raises privacy concerns

News.com reports that Apple’s iTunes music software is raising some privacy concerns. The popular program is drawing criticism because it sends playlist information that is linked to a specific user id back to Apple…

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$20,000 for spreading music knowledge and appreciation

The program’s objective is to support organizations whose performances encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. Funds are available for general operating support or project support to professional performing ensembles with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment.

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Project support for geoscience instruction programs

Through its Geoscience Teacher Training (GEO-Teach) program, the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support projects designed to improve the quality of geoscience instruction, primarily at middle and high school levels. GEO-Teach projects will give teachers access to curricular materials and will implement pre-service teacher training and in-service professional development programs designed to enhance middle and high school students’ understanding of and appreciation for the importance of the geosciences. GEO-Teach projects should emphasize the importance of an Earth system science approach in geoscience education and should promote the integration of content drawn from atmospheric science, Earth science, and ocean science disciplines. The relevance of the geosciences to modern society should be made clear by GEO-Teach products and activities. GEO-Teach projects should take a leadership role in the geoscience education community by providing services and support to that community.

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