A new policy by the University of Missouri School of Journalism requiring incoming students to have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or similar device has touched off a heated debate about the limits and possibilities of technology -- as well as corporate influence -- in academia.

Gadgets such as the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch are mainstays on college campuses, largely for their ability to help students escape the pressures of the classroom--although a growing number of institutions also use the devices for academic purposes.

Now the nation's oldest journalism school is asking students to buy those or similar devices, so students...

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