1 in 4 adults hold educational credentials other than an academic degree

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A report  from the U.S. Census Bureau says that in the  fall of 2012, more than 50 million U.S. adults, or one in four, had obtained a professional certification, license or educational certificate apart from a postsecondary degree awarded by colleges and universities. This is the Census Bureau’s first-ever report on this topic.

 

 

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When MOOCs profit, who pays?

A typical MOOC is an online course open to people all over the globe via the Internet.

MOOCs are massive open online courses that have been heralded as an inevitable transformation in higher education. They have been called a revolution, a boom, and, a “disruption” – a term that at first invokes a welcome alternative to the stagnation and elitism of the American university.

 

 

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Firesheep Snatches Your Cookies to Break Into Your Facebook Account

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Firesheep nabs credentials through website weaknesses.

It’s no great secret that public and open Wi-Fi networks are not particularly secure. But developer Eric Butler’s alarming new proof of concept, called Firesheep, shows just how simple it is to steal log-in credentials, and how many popular websites leave their users exposed. Many sites offer a secure log-in feature, but then rely on an unencrypted cookie to identify your session and keep you signed in. When you’re using an open Wi-Fi network, these cookies are “basically shouted through the air,” as Butler writes on his site. That makes it very easy for someone to monitor traffic over the wireless network, identify cookies and make copies of them for their own nefarious purposes…

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