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At Harvard’s new ‘virtual classroom,’ students tune in to class from computers anywhere

The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.

In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference.

Facebook hits milestone - a billion people logged in on a single day, 1/7 of world population

NEW YORK — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world’s largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth’s population.

Hackers say they’ve leaked massive database of Ashley Madison users to the Internet

LONDON — Hackers claim to have leaked a massive list of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, saying its owners had refused to bow to their demands to close the site.

A message posted online said “Time’s Up!” and accused parent company Avid Life Media of deceit and incompetence.

“Now everyone gets to see their data,” the statement said.

High-tech cars helping blur traditional boundaries of auto, tech industries

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There’s a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone’s pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., six miles from the headquarters of Google.