IT Trends :: Thursday, March 30, 2006

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Spitzer G'es After Spammer Harvesters

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is calling the situation "the biggest deliberate breach of Internet privacy ever." He's after Datran Media, which has already paid $1.1M in an earlier settlement…(CNN.com)

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Online Classes: Bane or Boon?

The University of Central Florida finds a balance between campus and online classes by offering mixed-mode courses that take place in both places. This benefits nontraditional students who may have full-time jobs or families to support, and it's also benefiting school funds. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

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Students Plan to Toss Council Votes After Glitch

Student government folks in Madison are pretty ticked off: "It's a mess-up and I understand. But it's hard to get students to vote once and now it'll be even harder."...(Wisconsin State Journal)

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Apples and, Well, Apples

The Beatles’ Apple Corp. and Apple Computer agreed some time ago on equitable use of an apple logo. Now Apple Corp. says that iTunes breaches a boundary – since it IS music, after all – and wants Apple Computer to stop...(CNN.com)

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Law Professor Bans Laptops in Class Over Student Protest

A University of Memphis law professor has forbidden laptops during lectures, concerned that students are "focusing on trying to transcribe every word that [he] was saying, rather than thinking and analyzing." Students petitioned against the ban, but both the American Bar Association and university officials are siding with the professor. (USA Today)

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Online Classes: Bane or Boon?

The University of Central Florida finds a balance between campus and online classes by offering mixed-mode courses that take place in both places. This benefits nontraditional students who may have full-time jobs or families to support, and it's also benefiting school funds. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

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IT Spending to Increase 6.3% in 2006, IDC Says

The IDC believes the largest purchases will probably include equipment, outsourcing, and software. Global IT spending totaled about $1 trillion in 2005, and should grow by about $100 billion in 2006. By 2009, IDC predicts IT spending to increase about 5%. (NetworkWorld)

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Apple is 30 Years Old on April Fools' Day

They’ve gone from a garage to a sprawling campus in three decades. Apple's award-winning designs for its iPods and curvy computers, of course, don't even resemble the wood-box prototype Apple I that got it all started. That said, at age 30, Apple faces some unique problems that aren't easy to solve. (Tech News World)

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