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Microsoft, Comcast, Yahoo: no zombie cookies here, Congress!

Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are probing the online privacy policies of major Web content providers, and the responses are in: leading website operators all assure Capitol Hill that they either use Flash cookies in a limited context, or they don't use them at all. But the replies from Microsoft, Verizon, Comcast, MySpace, Yahoo!, and six other companies don't seem to have made Markey, or even the more conservative Barton, very happy...

Pushing the Boundaries of HTML5 Gaming: Jitterbugs

Given the support for full hardware acceleration in IE9, we were eager to see how far we could push the platform. Until now, there has not been an impressive selection of HTML5 games, or rather, the games that are there around are limited in their level of interactivity. For instance, the most highly rated games on Chrome Experiments at the time of writing are implementations of Solitaire and Tetris, games that were well within the capabilities of Windows 3.1...

Bill Gates talks education tech

Bill Gates has been taking online classes for years. Now, he thinks it's time to make sure a whole lot more students do the same.

Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing a new multiyear grant program that will give millions of dollars to those with novel ideas on how to use technology, and in particular online courses, to improve education. The Next Generation Learning Challenges are aimed at both funding new ideas and getting various groups to partner and expand on some of the good ideas that are being tried out, but only at small scale...

Universities Go Back to School With [email protected]

Around the world, more and more higher education institutions and schools are clamoring for more effective ways to save money and provide an outstanding experience to students. Today, Microsoft Corp. announced higher education institutions using Microsoft’s cloud services and [email protected] New universities joining the [email protected] ranks include California State University schools including San Francisco State University; CSU, Long Beach; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and State Center Community College District (California), as well as University of Montana, Northern Kentucky University, the College of DuPage, Washington University in St. Louis and Aston University in the United Kingdom...