Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World
Protip: Hit [Stop][Stop][Play]. This will skip directly to the main menu on the majority of DVD players.
Google URL Shortener Opened To the Public
True, but I really do enjoy Google's shortening service in Maps. Let's be honest, those old links were ridiculously long and contained no relevant information, shortening them up makes them easier to share any way you want (text, im, email, etc). For the majority of cases, url shortening isn't a good practice, but it's not universally bad either.
iPads On American Campuses? Maybe Next Year
My brother is a freshmen at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and all students there were given iPads as part of their enrollment (price included in tuition). As to how much it's used in the classroom, who knows, I haven't talked to him much since he got there.
California Student Arrested For Console Hacking
Does this count as Godwin's Law?
How Should I Teach a Basic Programming Course?
Start with something that the students are interested, ie how the basics of the web work. How when you visit a website, your actually requesting information from another computer not to different from their own computers. Then give them the basics to write a basic "internet" application, using something like the google app engine or a little apache server you have set up.
Once you have their interest, then go into coding practices and such. And be sure to teach that programming is about making mistakes. If you don't make mistakes/errors, your not programming right, and your definitely not learning anything.