A new web site purveys campus gossip, raising the ire of college administrators … A groundbreaking cyber-bullying trial ends with a mixed verdict … The Wall Street meltdown threatens campus investments and leaves administrators scrambling to find new ways of paying their bills: These are among the many noteworthy developments affecting higher-education technology in the past year.

In this special retrospective, the editors of eCampus News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant higher-education technology stories of 2008.

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10. Higher education continues to bolster security after Virginia Tech murders.

9. JuicyCampus leaves a nasty stain on campus relationships.

8. ‘Botnet’ attacks put school computers under hackers’ control.

7. The power of online video is a force for good–and bad.

6. A landmark cyber-bullying case inspires new laws–and raises awareness of a growing problem.

5. The RIAA scores huge wins … and then alters its strategy to combat illegal file sharing on campus.

4. Skyrocketing cost of textbooks spurs campus copyright battle.

3. Broadband policies spark debate as the U.S. slips farther behind.

2. Rising costs, and a tanking economy, hammer schools–forcing several key changes in behavior.

1. President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory signals a shift in federal ed-tech policy.