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  • The Department of Education in New South Wales, Australia announced this week that it officially supports its teachers' use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, noting that this will "help improve communication between schools and their communities
  • John Resig, the creator of JQuery, announced this week that he was leaving the Mozilla Foundation and joining Khan Academy -- a move that's sure to have a huge impact on education technology.
  • The 40 regional finalists for the Doodle 4 Google competition have been announced. The public can vote on these through May 13. This vote will help determine the four national finalist, one per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). On May 19, Google will announce the national winner, whose doodle will appear on Google.
  • Amazon is suing the National Association of College Bookstores (NACB), arguing that the the latter constitutes a monopoly. The lawsuit follows claims by the NACB that Amazon is falsely advertising that students can save up to 60 - 90% on textbooks by shopping with the online bookseller.
  • TeachStreet,the online community that helps lifelong learners find teachers and classes on almost any subject, announced that it was revamping its pricing structure, making the Basic Listings on its site free again. Featured and the new enhanced listings, however, will still cost money -- $10 and $3 respectively.
  • The AFP reports that Facebook is being sued for not notifying parents and gaining their permission when their children "like" things on the social networking site. By "liking," minors' faces can appear in Facebook's Social Ads, for example. Facebook says the suit is "without merit."
  • The British broadcast channel Teachers TV had its government funding axed and was facing shutdown, but The Guardian reports that it has struck a deal and will relaunch as an online service called SchoolsWorld, which will have both an advertising-supported and subscription service for its content.
  • Mobile gaming startup SCVNGR is teaming up with the book publisher Scholastic for the "this is teen" initiative, that will connect teen readers to authors, books, and a community of readers


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