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Bill Clinton Thanks Eva Longoria for Being an Inspiration

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Eva Longoria at her graduation

Eva Longoria received a touching congratulatory message from former U.S. president Bill Clinton, after graduating from university with a Masters Degree in Chicano Studies.

The politician praised the former Desperate Housewives star for inspiring her fans to never stop learning, following her graduation ceremony on Wednesday at California State University. Sharing his admiration for the 38-year-old actress on Twitter on Friday, he wrote, "Thanks for inspiring others to never stop learning and for your support of @ClintonGlobal. Congrats on your degree." The brunette beauty quickly replied, "Thank u Mr. President. (sic)"

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Eva Longoria Graduates from California State University

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Eva Longoria graduating from California State University, Northridge

Eva Longoria graduated from California State University, Northridge on Wednesday.

The Desperate Housewives actress received her Master's degree in Chicano Studies and took to Twitter to share her excitement ahead of the ceremony. "Big day today!!! Very excited to graduate for my Master's degree in Chicano Studies! You're never too old or too busy to continue your education! (sic)" she wrote.

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America Ferrera Returning to TV?

America FerreraAmerica Ferrera is planning a return to TV.

The End Of Watch actress - who shot to fame on TV show Ugly Betty - is reportedly planning to star in telenovela project Pedro & Maria, a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

"Pedro and Maria are two opposites cut from the same cloth caught in the trap of forbidden love. He is a second generation Dominican from the mean streets of Washington Heights. She is a Puerto Rican whose parents made millions as real estate developers. It's a clash of the haves and the have-nots, of Main St vs. Wall St, set against a volatile cultural backdrop that fiercely believes neither side should mix with the other," the series synopsis states.

Although America found fame as the titular character in Ugly Betty - earning an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance - she has previously admitted she nearly quit acting to follow her academic dream until one of her professors gave her some helpful encouragement:

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Pearson Aspires to be the Electronic Arts of Education

When you think of education, Electronic Arts probably isn't the first company to come to mind. But for the publisher Pearson, EA is exactly the kind of role model it's looking for in remodeling Pearson for a digitized age.

Speaking to GigaOm, chief product officer Luyen Chou revealed his intent for his company to become an "Electronic Arts for education." Chou enumerated, detailing the struggle to keep up with the times, and getting "high-quality, interactive digital learning experiences" into classrooms.

"Digital studios, animators, illustrators, producers, 3D artists – we need to build that capacity within instructional companies like Pearson and we need the whole end-to-end supply chain to the take that from the studio to the actual users,” Chou said. “The folks that have done that well are the EAs of the world, digital studios. That’s not a core competency for companies like Pearson.”

Pearson's lately been busy acquiring a massive amount in the way of pushing toward an interactive education company, spending $1.6 billion on acquisitions alone.

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Emma Watson Returning to Brown

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Child Stars,

Emma WatsonEmma Watson is set to return to Brown University early next year.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower actress - who began her studies at the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, campus in 2009 and studied there for two years before completing her third year at Oxford University in South England - is set to return to the prestigious university in January after taking an unofficial gap-year to concentrate on her career.

"Emma is planning on returning to studies in January," a spokesperson for the starlet said.

The 22-year-old actress is said to be hoping to finally secure her degree in English there after previously admitting she found her first two years there extremely difficult: "My first two years at Brown weren't easy, not because I was bullied or because anyone gave me a particularly hard time, but just because, you know, without the collegiate system... and at Brown everyone does completely different things and very much chooses their own path, which is great, but it's also much more difficult, too. You're not with a group of people all the time at one time."


Madonna’s Daughter Eager to Flee Spotlight

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Child Stars, Clothing, Style, Rumors,

Madonna and her daughter LourdesMadonna's eldest daughter Lourdes is planning to fund her own university education.

The independent 16-year-old student - who helps run a successful fashion line Material Girl with her famous mother - is said to want to pay her own fees to attend performing arts school Bard College close to New York in a bid to escape the spotlight and her mother's strict rules.

"Lourdes can't wait to leave home and get to university. She's already planned it all. She's also fed up being in the spotlight. That's why she didn't go on stage during Madonna's tour," a source told The Sun.

Madonna previously said she worries about being an "irresponsible parent" and revealed her daughter planned to leave home in the near future: "My children are my first priority and because they are older I can't take them with me on the road everywhere. I really feel I would be an irresponsible parent if I didn't stop my tour and spend time with them. My daughter is going to be leaving home soon."

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iBooks Author allows you to create and publish books for the iPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software, Videos,

Alongside the release of iBooks Textbooks this morning, Apple has also released an app called iBooks Author. Available for free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is a tool that allows anyone to create a textbook, storybook, or any other kind of book with relative ease. These books aren't just text either--you can add videos, 3D objects, photo galleries, web widgets, and more. Once you're satisfied with your book, you can then export it for personal use, or publish it to the iBookstore for sale or as a free download. Check out the video above for a full rundown of how it all works.


Apple looks to change education with iBooks Textbooks

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds,

Today Apple took the stage in New York City to unveil its education initiative, and at the heart of it all is the release of iBooks Textbooks. Textbooks require an iPad running iBooks 2, and Apple hopes this will open up a whole new world of learning to the masses. Bringing with them dynamic, interactive, and updateable content, textbooks on the iPad become instantly relevant and engaging. Apple also made sure to point out that an iPad is much lighter than a backpack full of heavy books. The video above demonstrates Apple's vision for the future of the textbook. iBooks 2 is available now, as are a handful of textbooks from publishers like DK, Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, focusing on the K-12 market for now. Textbooks are $14.99 or less, which is another breakthrough (although you won't be able to sell these back when you're done with them like you can an actual book.)

Apple also released iBooks Author, a free Mac app that lets anyone create an interactive book for the iPad. It's available now on the Mac App Store.


2011 Holiday Gift Guide: LeapFrog LeapPad

LeapPad

I know I'm not the only parent out there that has to give up the iPad to the children on a regular basis, and that's why we're putting the LeapFrog LeapPad in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. It's a personalized learning tablet optimized for kids ages 4 through 9. It's got a 5-inch touch display, built-in camera that can record video, and ships with four apps. More apps are available for download, and they focus on various educational topics like reading, math, science, geography, art, music, and more. You can pick up the LeapPad on Amazon now for $99.

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Comcast Internet Essentials brings broadband to low-income families for $10 a month

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Broadband, Corporate News, Internet,

comcast Internet essentials

Comcast is tapping into its altruistic side a little bit and deploying a brand-new service tier, one that's designed to bring the Internet to families that would otherwise be unable to pony up $40 to $60 for the company's lowest tiered plan.

Dubbed "Internet Essentials," Comcast's new plan will cost a family only $9.95 per month for a connection that features 1.5 Mbps download and 384 Kbps upload speeds. There's a guarantee of no price increases after-the-fact, as well as no activation fees or equipment rental fees for families signed up for the program. Enrollees will even be able to purchase a netbook computer via the Internet Essentials program for $149.99 (plus tax), and Comcast is offering free online and in-person "Internet training."

To join the program, however, families have to meet four different criteria: They have to be located in an area where Comcast can actually deliver Internet service (obviously), one of their children has to be receiving free school lunches via the National School Lunch Program, families must not have had Comcast Internet service up to 90 days prior to requesting to join the program, and families must not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned Comcast equipment.

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