Tropical Storm Chris forms over Atlantic Ocean

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Chris formed over the open Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday and posed no threat to land, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Stanford and Piazza Add Peer Collaboration to iTunes U ‘iPad and iPhone App Development’ Course

ITunesEarlier this year, Apple completely revamped iTunes U with new iPad and iPhone apps as well as new tools that allow teachers to include assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses with their iTunes U courses.

Now, Stanford is taking that a step further by linking the Piazza social learning platform with one of the most popular iTunes U courses — Professor Paul Hegarty’s iPad and iPhone App Development [iTunes Link].

The new social media aspect of the course builds on a technology many students already use: Piazza, a social learning platform. Stanford students taking the classroom version of Paul Hegarty’s programming course, on which the online course is based, have used Piazza.

Earlier versions of the 10-week apps course have proved enormously popular, with individual lecture videos downloaded more than 10 million times.

The inclusion of Piazza will enhance the learning experience, said Brent Izutsu, Stanford’s program manager for iTunes U. “There is an enormous potential for collaboration and community-building though Q&A and problem-solving with friends from across the globe,” he said.

Those enrolled in the iTunes U class are expected to answer questions as well as ask them, while the course captains facilitate discussions and drive students toward correct answers.

The course follows the iOS 5 course from the Fall 2011 semester that’s currently on iTunes U — Stanford is taking those lectures and using Piazza to improve the experience for users taking the class across the same 10 week period.

We hope that the ability to ask and answer questions online will help even more people learn – increasing the value of the materials Stanford has already made available. We also think having peers will make it more fun, and will make you more likely to keep going when the going gets tough.

The course will run June 25 to August 16. Registration is free and closes July 6.

U.S. stocks rise on hope for Fed action

U.S. stocks finished up about 1% Tuesday, as investors breathed a delayed sigh of relief about Greece and were optimistic the Federal Reserve might act to boost the economy at the end of its two-day meeting .

Kodak says Apple, FlashPoint want to "delay and derail" patent sale

Kodak is accusing Apple and FlashPoint Technology of attempting to block Kodak’s sale of its patent portfolio as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The photography giant has now filed a new lawsuit against the two companies, arguing that Apple and FlashPoint are deliberately taking advantage of Kodak’s bankruptcy situation by attempting to “delay and derail Kodak’s efforts” to sell its Digital Capture Portfolio by claiming that they own 10 of the claimed patents.

According to Kodak’s complaint, filed in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Kodak and Apple worked together between 1992 and 1994 to develop “certain digital camera technology” under Apple’s code names Adam, Aspen, and Phobos. In December of 1994, the companies entered an agreement regarding Aspen and Phobos that said each party retained ownership of its own intellectual property.

That same month, Kodak filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for one of the main patents involved in the dispute (referred to as the “‘218 patent”) and subsequently filed applications for nine other digital imaging patents. All of the patents ended up being issued to Kodak between 1996 and 2010.

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