IT Trends :: Thursday, July 27, 2006

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Hackers Break Into NU Admissions, Financial Aid Computers

There's no proof the hackers obtained sensitive information or even knew the targeted computers held Social Security numbers, but Northwestern University is treating the situation with extra precaution. Via e-mail and letters, 17,000 students and applicants are being notified that their personal data may have been exposed in the May attacks… (Chicago Sun-Times)

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How Music to the Ears Is Deafening for the MP3 Generation

Maybe college students don't crank up the volume for podcast lectures as much as they do for rock songs, but Deafness Research UK is concerned about MP3 players and ear health. The charity's chief executive says, "We don't want the MP3 generation to go deaf in their 30s or 40s." There's also an interesting graphic that shows MP3 player "max" volume at a higher decibel rate that the sound of a jet aircraft taking off… (The Times)

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Business Revolutionaries Learn Diplomacy's Value

Blackboard Inc., an online learning software company, has a market value of $800 million. In this article, the company's co-founder (now president and chief executive) asks, "How long have people been predicting that higher education was going to experience fundamental change or fall apart?" He g'es on to say Blackboard d'esn't "aim to 'replace' the classroom. We're not looking to 'revolutionize' education. We help schools deliver more effectively what they are good at already."... (New York Times)

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Best Electronic Communication Practices in FET to Be Explored

This August, college and university managers and MCD personnel will gather for the Electronic Communication Convention (ECC). Presenters will discuss technology trends in higher education, including blogs, electronic communication, online marketing, podcasting, virtual communities, and wikis… (

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