As the Comcast-NBCU merger nears approval, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is calling for Comcast to continue to make NBC programs available for free online. Franken wants to make sure that if Comcast owns both the content and the broadband through which its delivered, that continues to deliver content fairly to all users, including those who subscribe to other providers.

A Pennsylvania school district accused of watching students via webcam has been ordered to stop spying. It was recently brought to attention that the Lower Merion School District was spying on students outside of school through web cams provided on school laptops. The school’s previous rules note that “possession of a monitored MacBook was required for classes, and possession of an unmonitored personal computer was forbidden and would be confiscated.”

Apple announced that the iPad will not only be available at Apple Stores but also at Best Buy. The high profile retail move would make the iPad instantly more accessible for users looking to purchase the new tablet. Apple is also making moves to bring its iPhone operating system to more mobile gadgets.

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"Schools Must Stop Spying on Students : MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer February 24, 2010" by @ShellyPalmer

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