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October 13, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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University of Cambridge Teams Up With iTunes U

Take a look at a University of Cambridge student’s iPod and you may be surprised to find the university’s professors sharing space with Britney Spears and the cast of The Office. That’s because the school ( is offering free educational content that includes lectures, short films, and interviews online via iTunes U, an offshoot of the iTunes Store.

"The old adage that ‘Cambridge ideas change the world’ has just received a new twist," says John Naughton, a Fellow of the university’s Wolfson College. "Now they’re on your desktop."

Available to users worldwide, Cambridge’s iTunes U channel features a variety of content from faculty members and other experts. Currently, more than 300 audio and video tracks are available, including podcasts from David Starkey’s history of Cambridge, interviews with the university’s Nobel Prize winners, and an exploration of the school’s code-breaking exploits during World War II.

Users can also download the latest podcasts from The Naked Scientists, the radio show of Chris Smith and his band of physicians and researchers of the same name. In these videos, which top the science download charts in the U.S. and hover in the top 20 throughout the world, Smith and his team break science down to its basics.

Prospective students who find themselves confused by the university’s application process can also download video walkthroughs that will take them through the process.

All content from the Cambridge channel will work on both Macs and PCs and can be transferred to an iPod or iPhone.

Source: University of Cambridge 

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Posted By Barry Cornelius10/12/2008 7:35:51 AM

On the same day, the University of Oxford also launched its site in iTunes U. More than 150 hours of free audio and video podcasts from the University are already available, with more to come.

As well as making the podcasts available through iTunes U, they can also be heard/seen by those not having iTunes: you just need a web browser and software to play mp3/mp4 files.

The podcasts are available at

The podcasts include key lectures and interviews by Professor Joseph Stiglitz on the global financial crisis, Dr Craig Venter on genomics and Sir Nicholas Stern on the economics of climate change.

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