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Judge rejects dismissal motions in music lawsuit

A federal judge is siding with the recording industry in rejecting motions filed on behalf of two University of Maine System college students who are being sued for allegedly illegally downloading music onto their computers on campus, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

Obama makes history; what’s next?

With the whole world watching, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama made history Nov. 4 by becoming the first African-American elected as president of the United States. Now, as he prepares to take office Jan. 20 amid a host of steep challenges, school leaders will be watching to see how education fits in with his priorities.

Feds OK broadband over TV white spaces

In a move that could advance the spread of broadband internet service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission voted Nov. 4 to open up unused, unlicensed portions of the television airwaves known as “white spaces” to deliver wireless broadband service to more Americans.

Community college has big-time tech

Richard F. Andersen doesn’t believe technology-laden campuses should be exclusive to the bigwigs of higher education.
For expansive universities with nine-digit budgets, lectures via webcast, state-of-the-art simulators, and wired classrooms have become the norm. But Andersen–vice president for information systems at Tidewater Community College in Virginia–has helped beef up his own campus’s technology infrastructure to give students a major university education in a small-town atmosphere.

Making a greener campus

College technology officials say environmentally friendly policies can save IT departments millions as campuses across the United States adjust to tighter operating budgets.

On security, Microsoft reports progress and alarm

Microsoft plans to issue a report Nov. 3 with some mixed news on computer security, reports the New York Times: The security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds, and other online scourges has become much more serious.

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.