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Education in 2015: Cyber learning for digital natives

Pervasive, high-bandwidth wireless networks; cloud-based processing; and fast-growing repositories of digital information, including a rising tide of data from networked sensors and information analysis tools, are among the computing trends that will influence higher education in the next seven years, according to researcher and author Christine Borgman, who outlined what learning might look like in 2015 at last week’s EDUCAUSE conference in Orlando, Network World reports.

Google settles book-scanning lawsuit

Internet search giant Google Inc., the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers have settled a class-action lawsuit over Google’s ambitious book-scanning project in a deal that represents a huge win for libraries and their users.

Microsoft plans ‘cloud’ operating system

Looking for growth in new markets where it is increasingly being bypassed, Microsoft said Oct. 27 that late next year it would begin offering a new “cloud” operating system that would manage the relationship between software inside the computer and on the web, where data and services are becoming increasingly centralized, reports the New York Times.

Is surfing the web altering our brains?

The internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work, with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change that will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order, Reuters reports.

‘Digital dark age’ might doom some data

What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer’s hard drive? The framed photograph will inevitably fade and yellow over time, but the digital photo file may be unreadable to future computers–an unintended consequence of our rapidly digitizing world that might ultimately lead to a “digital dark age,” reports Science Daily.

University, IBM join in cloud-computing project

IBM and North Carolina State University have teamed up to bring “cloud computing” to every student in the state–giving them free access to centralized computing power, data storage, sophisticated software, and other educational materials, the two parties say.