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.6 Per Day At 101 eBooks Done In 2003 We Averaged 7 eBooks Per Day 50 eBooks Per Week ***Headline News*** [My Comments In Brackets] Headlines From Newsscan IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS OFFER ONLINE COURSES Elite schools like Harvard University, which largely have avoided the "distance-learning" boom, are bowing to the popularity of online education and are beginning to offer a few courses via the Internet. Harvard's fledgling effort is a master's degree program in public health set to start in 2004. Brown University is participating in a consortium of schools developing an online medical-school curriculum, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has a small master's program in engineering offered partly online, is exploring degree-granting distance learning in a joint venture with Cambridge University in England. The University of California at Berkeley offered its first all-online undergraduate course on gemology last semester, and Stanford University is expanding its online engineering master's program to include a fourth discipline -bioinformatics. "The No. 1 reason people take this way of learning is convenience," says Michael Lambert, executive director of the Distance Education and Training Coucil. He estimates that 2.5 million U.S. students took online courses for credit last year. (Wall Street Journal 15 Jan 2003),,SB1042594341876820384.djm,00.html (sub req'd) SUN AND MICROSOFT GET SET FOR JAVA LEGAL BATTLE Sun and Microsoft are appearing in federal court to argue their positions before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, who will be ruling on Sun's request for an injunction requiring Windows to include Sun's latest Java software immediately, pending resolution of the larger Sun lawsuit against Microsoft. Sun claims Microsoft has gained an unfair advantage by shipping Windows with a version of Java that is both outdated and strongly biased toward Windows, even though Java is meant to make it possible for programs to run on all computers, regardless of the operating system. (AP/San Jose Mercury News 15 Jan 2003) [You might have heard this here first, only we weren't quite as tough on Mr. Case as was the New York Times, though he may have deserved it.] AOL TIME WARNER: SYNERGY/SHMINERGY The resignation of supersalesman and high-tech "visionary" Steve Case as chairman of AOL Time Warner marks an obvious admission of the failure of that company's merger, which was intended to create synergy between an "old economy" publishing and media empire and a "new economy" Internet venture. New York Times journalist Steve Lohr says the idea was for AOL to give Time Warner "sex" and Time Warner to give AOL "class." Industry analysts are now suggesting that the company will succeed only if it undergoes a serious attitude adjustment; Jordan Rohan of Soundview Technology Group says:

"If AOL continues to tilt at windmills in terms of trying to generate spectacular growth, I think it will be a waste of shareholders' capital. If they begin to treat AOL as a mature business and focus on consistent returns, I think they can succeed. Case's departure could accelerate that shift." (New York Times 14 Jan 2003) MUSIC, TECH GROUPS REACH COMPROMISE ON COPYRIGHT ISSUES The Recording Industry Association of America, the Business Software Alliance and the Computer Systems Policy Project have hammered out a compromise agreement that they say will protect copyrights on music and movies without the need for further government intervention. The pact is intended to head off efforts by Congress to legislate the inclusion of government-approved copy restriction technology in all new "digital media devices." This latest agreement, described by participants as a "landmark consensus," politically isolates the powerful Motion Picture Association of America, which was noticeably absent from the negotiations. MPAA has aggressively advocated new government requirements for built-in locking controls on new devices, such as DVD players. (AP 14 Jan 2003) VCR TO GET NEW INITIALS: R.I.P. [You definitely heard this one here first!] The VCR is dead (or dying), long live the DVD (at least for a little while, for crying out loud). Stores like Circuit City and Barnes & Noble's either are sharply reducing their inventories of VHS tapes or no longer carrying them at all. (The video category of Best Buy's offerings is already more than 80% DVD.) And the storyline is the same out in Hollywood: MGM Entertainment's VHS library now numbers only 200 films (compared to 1,800 at one previous point), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is phasing out certain VHS catalog titles once they are released on DVD. Industry analyst Tom Adams says, "The issue was always will VHS have the stink of death of the eight-track tape. By now it's pretty clear that it will." (USA Today 14 Jan 2003) U.S. TECH COMPANIES RANK LOW IN RECYCLING EFFORTS The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has released its annual Computer Report Card comparing the environmental records of 28 high-tech firms, and reports that most U.S. companies lag behind their Japanese competitors when it comes to recycling equipment and safe disposal of hazardous substances used in the manufacturing process. Of the companies surveyed, only Fujitsu received a passing grade. It's one of a handful of Japanese companies that has sought to eliminate toxic chemicals by developing and using lead-free products. "The leadership continues to be by and large the Japanese companies, and the U.S. companies tend to be far behind," says SVTC founder Ted Smith. "A lot of (U.S. manufacturers') initiatives are piecemeal and not really designed to address the vast majority of consumer concerns. There is still an enormous amount of computer waste being exported to China." The Computer Report Card notes that some U.S. companies use a double standard when it comes to recycling. Divisions located in Europe and Japan, where safe recycling is mandated by law, have implemented programs but their U.S. operations have not. Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would require the EPA to create grants for private and governmental organizations to develop computer recycling programs and the National Electronics Product Stewardship

Initiative is working on a nationwide plan for recycling obsolete electronic devices. ( 10 Jan 2003),1282,57151,00.html IBM RENTS OUT SUPERCOMPUTING POWER [The Return of Timesharing!] IBM has launched a new program to rent out processing power on its supercomputers, and has signed up Petroleum Geo-Services, a petrochemical company, as its first customer. PGS has about 1,000 of its own dual-processor Linux computers clustered into a single computing resource, but it's renting another 400 from Big Blue, says a company spokesman. The new service reflects IBM's push toward "utility computing," which enables companies with fluctuating needs for computing power to pay for it as they use it. An e-commerce operation, for instance, may need to beef up its processing power during the busy holiday shopping season, but that demand drops off in January. IBM also expects to find many of its customers in the petrochemical and life sciences industries. (CNet 8 Jan 2003) RETINAL SCANNING AT U.K. SCHOOL The Venerable Bede school in London will use advanced eye-recognition software to determine which students are to be billed for their lunches and which may eat for free because they are poor. The school decided to use the technology to protect poor children from being ridiculed by the more well-off children. [As an historical aside, it might be noted that the concern for poor would probably please the school's namesake. Venerable Bede, the 8th century monk best known for his history of ecclesiastical history, said on his deathbed: "I have a few treasures in my box, some pepper and napkins and incense. Run quickly and fetch the priests of our monastery, and I will share among them such little presents as God has given me."] The school's headmaster said that the software will also be used in the library for book check-out and return but added: "This is not a James Bond school for spies... This is not science fiction. This is technology that exists." (USA Today 9 Jan 2003) You have been reading excerpts from NewsScan NewsScan Daily is underwritten by RLG, a world-class organization making significant and sustained contributions to the effective management and appropriate use of information technology. To subscribe or unsubscribe to the text, html, or handheld versions of NewsScan Daily, send the appropriate subscribe or unsubscribe messages (i.e., with the word 'subscribe' or 'unsubscribe' in the subject line) to: Text version: Send message to Html version: Send mail to NewsScan-To-Go: >From Edupage WRITER OF In a blow was found violating DECSS PROGRAM ACQUITTED to the U.S. film industry, Norwegian teen Jon Lech Johansen innocent on all counts in a complaint filed against him for computer break-in laws by the U.S. Motion Picture Association

and the DVD Copy Control Association in January 2000. Now 19, "DVD-Jon" was 15 when he wrote and posted on the Internet the DeCSS software, which decodes the Content Scrambling System (CSS) used by the film industry to prevent illegal copying of DVD films. CSS also prevents consumers from playing DVDs on certain devices, however, and from making legal copies of DVDs. Head Judge Irene Sogn ruled that there was no proof that Johansen or others had used the program for illegal purposes and that consumers have rights to DVDs obtained legally "even if the films are played in a different way than the makers had foreseen." No decision has been made about an appeal in the case. Washington Post, 7 January 2003 MICROSOFT BACKS AWAY FROM .NET BRANDING STRATEGY [Could this also be due to backlash from the "real" .net community?"] Less than six months after Microsoft announced that its next major operating system would be called "Windows .NET Server 2003," the company has decided to call the product simply "Windows Server 2003." The change is part of Microsoft's revised approach to marketing its NET technology, which is designed to support Web services. After several months of attaching the .NET tag to most of its products, Microsoft now will simply refer to those products as ".NET connected," indicated with a logo. Ted Schadler of Forrester Research said Microsoft's strategy should never have been to lump everything under the .NET umbrella, which many consumers did not understand and found mysterious. The .NET technology included in Microsoft's products will not change, but the ".NET connected" logo can be applied to independent software vendors' products based on the technology, according to an official from Microsoft. Wall Street Journal, 10 January 2003 (sub. req'd),,SB1042210597413487704,00.html IBM TO PROVIDE SUPERCOMPUTING ON DEMAND More about "The New Timesharing"] IBM recently announced its supercomputing-on-demand service, targeted to businesses whose computing needs are cyclical, that offers an alternative to the costly practice of building and maintaining computer infrastructure used only during busy periods. The service uses a Linux cluster of rack servers based on Intel's Xeon processor or a network of UNIX servers running IBM's Power4 processors. Customers sign a contract with IBM detailing the project length and resources required, with price contingent on these factors. PGS Data Processing, an energy company, has signed up for the Linux-Intel service. The clusters are currently located at IBM's facility in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with plans to roll the technology out to IBM data centers worldwide. IBM hopes to evolve the technology to the point where clients could access computer resources like "flipping a light switch." IDG, 9 January 2003 REPORT CHARGES E-RATE PROGRAM RIDDLED WITH FRAUD A report from the Center for Public Integrity says that the federal government's E-Rate program is rife with "fraud and financial

shenanigans." The E-Rate program gives subsidies for telecommunications projects and is credited with bringing Internet access to thousands of schools and libraries that would otherwise have difficulty affording them. The report is based largely on information collected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which, according to the author of the report, "found problems everywhere they've looked, and they haven't looked very hard." A review by Arthur Anderson uncovered several million dollars' worth of "inappropriate" payments under the program, and recently the first criminal charges were filed against a New York company for attempting to steal millions of dollars from the program through misrepresentation. The inspector general of the FCC said the program is "subject to unacceptably high risk of malfeasance." Representatives from the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers E-Rate for the FCC, and from the American Library Association defended the program, arguing that although some abuse is likely, the problem is not excessive and may turn out to be less than indicated by the Center for Public Integrity's report. New York Times, 10 January 2003 (registration req'd) PUBLISHER ACCEPTING DISSERTATIONS AND THESES ONLINE Developers of a new online-submission tool for dissertations and master's theses hope the system will make the submission process--required by most institutions--easier for students and will speed availability of the papers. ProQuest Information and Learning receives about 55,000 dissertations and theses each year, but only about 3,000 are submitted online. The $55 fee for submissions is the same for online and paper submissions, and some observers predicted that the ability to submit papers electronically will encourage students to include less traditional features in their work, such as embedded databases or audio and video files. The University of Texas at Austin, which has one of the nation's largest populations of graduate students, will begin testing the system this month, and it will be available to other institutions later this year. Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 January 2003 NEW PLAGIARISM SERVICE FOR BRITISH UNIVERSITIES The Plagiarism Advisory Service, based at the University of Northumbria, is a new electronic plagiarism-detection service available to all British colleges and universities. Papers are returned four hours after being submitted to the service and are color-coded to indicate the level of matching to documents available on the Internet. Red indicates that more than 75 percent of the text has been copied, blue means less than 10 percent, and other colors are spread in between. Instructors also see which Web site(s) the copied content comes from. Because of the ease with which students can cut and paste content from the Web, plagiarism is a growing problem in the United Kingdom, as well as in many other parts of the world. Ananova, 8 January 2003 You have been reading excerpts from Edupage: If you have questions or comments about Edupage, or send e-mail to:

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