News Update :: Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Carnegie Mellon Undergrads Take Business Plan Honors

Seven Carnegie Mellon University students and a student from the University of Pittsburgh are sharing a $10,000 prize as winners of the Tepper Venture Challenge, an undergraduate business plan competition held last week at Carnegie Mellon…

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Negroponte Says ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Project on Course

MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte last week offered an update on his “One Laptop Per Child” project, which is aimed at creating a $100 laptop to boost educational possibilities in countries where people can't afford to buy computers for their children…

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World Wide Web Consortium Opens China Office

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a standards-setting organization for Web technology integration, has opened up an office in Beijing to encourage Chinese technology experts to join in the process of developing Web standards…

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Geospatial Group Tackles Digital Rights Management Spec

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a standards body for geographic information systems and data sharing, has proposed a Web services specification that it says will allow for broader use of geodata while also protecting the rights of geospatial data developers and producers…

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RPI, Hawaii Team Develop Nano-Brushes for Nano-Dust

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Hawaii have developed the smallest nano-tools on record. These “nano-brushes” have bristles that are more than a thousand times finer than a human hair...

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Caltech Scientist's Comic Strip Gets 3.5 Million Views a Month

Jorge Cham, a mechanical engineering instructor at Caltech, has created a comic strip about academic life that has become a cult classic in the higher ed community…

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Contracts, Deals, Awards

Facebook is on the Block

Facebook is a Web site where students around the world socialize and swap information. The owners of this privately held social networking site have put the company on the block and are hoping to fetch as much as $2 billion. They turned down a $750 million offer and hope for a better deal, senior industry executives say…

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Pen-Centric Computing Alliance

Brown University and Microsoft Research have announced an alliance aimed at revolutionizing pen-centric computing for the academic environment. The Microsoft Center for Pen-Centric Computing at Brown will research new ways instructors and students can interact through pen-centric computing…

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