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Jun 29, 2001

Thomson, Harcourt Divestments Required by U.S. DOJ for Assets Acquisition This U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) ruling requires Thomson to divest itself of some textbook and computer-based testing assets before it can complete its acquisition of Harcourt. This ruling shows just how close Thomson is coming to monopoly status in the educational publishing industry. AFX News, Ananova, June 27, 2001. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

eLearning Forum Update: Peer-to-Peer Pretty good summary of a discussion of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking and its potential impact on online learning. The idea behind peep-to-peer networking is that computers share resources directly with each other, without the need for a central server. Certainly, peer-to-peer will have to develop before it is used in online learning: there is no administration model, there is no content model, and there is no revenue model. The main thing about peer-to-peer, though, is that the providers of information (or learning, or whatever) will almost always be outnumbered by the consumers, which creates an inherent imbalance. Peer-to-peer will be used in collaborative enterprises, but expect traditional servers to keep up the job of distributing content. By Jay Cross, Learning Circuits, July, 2001. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

Content Management: Desktop Interface Superior to Web Browser This article raises an issue I've been struggling with for some time now: is it better to use a browser for online learning, or is it better to use a specialized desktop application. As the article suggests, many of the old arguments in favour of using browsers - cross platform compatibility, for example - no longer apply. And specialized applications give you much more flexibility. This article discusses a content management company that has taken the desktop application route. I would watch for more of this in the field of online learning. By Alis Marsden, Content Wire, June 13, 2001. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

Google Image Search Brilliant! Cool! Fast and silky smooth - this is the new Google image search, still in Beta mode. The searches are very accurate (I'm impressed) and delivered with usual Google punctuality. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

IMS Establishes European Foundation Not sure what to make of this one. Just a few months ago, IMS was building partnerships in Europe. Now, it is expanding into Europe with the establishment of a European Foundation. This is part of a global initiative, as the consortium's new URL - http://www.imsglobal.org/ - suggests. The linked story is from Yahoo, PRNewswire, June 29, 2001. There is also an IMS press release, also dated June 29. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

Document Sharing - Anytime, Anywhere Quick read covers the essentials of document sharing (allowing more than one person to edit a single document). Describes the different approaches taken by three different vendors. By Kenneth M. McCall, Accounting Web, June 12, 2001. Submitted on Jun 29, 2001 [Refer]

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