FORTUNE -- In a press release issued Thursday, Apple (AAPL) announced that content from its iTunes U site has been downloaded more than 1 billion times since the free educational service launched in May 2007.
There are now individual classes with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, according to Eddy Cue, the senior VP in charge of the site, and not just fun stuff like the TED lecture on Understanding Happiness. All of the classes featured on Apple's Most Popular Courses page have recorded at least 50,000 downloads and many require some heavy lifting, like Ohio State's General Chemistry class (100,000 downloads the first year) and UC Irvine's Environment Psychology class (170,000 students enrolled).
My favorite is still Michael Sandel's Harvard University class on Justice, which starts off with a bang with an 54-minute lecture on The Moral Side of Murder and The Case for Cannibalism.
Below: iTunes U's five-year growth curve.
As the Web grows more social and more mobile, women - entrepreneurs and users - are heeding the call.
By Jennifer Alsever, contributor
FORTUNE -- It's a woman's World Wide Web. Today's online experience is increasingly about connecting with people and sharing information -- and female users have responded enthusiastically. Some 56% of Twitterers are women; they are more than half of Facebook subscribers; and they make up 70% of Pinterest's MOREOct 1, 2012 5:00 AM ET
As a companion piece to the comScore report Monday that Americans have spent a record $18.7 billion online so far this holiday season -- up 15% from last year -- consider this chart from Compuware APM showing the relative contributions of the two leading platforms for what it calls "couch commerce": Apple's (AAPL) iPad and iPhone.
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76% say they'll sign up for free e-mail; 30% for the $25/year music matching service
Apple (AAPL) is not a company known for giving things away for free, but when they do, people tend to respond positively. According to a survey conducted for RBC Capital the week after Steve Jobs' iCloud keynote:
76% of respondents said they were likely to sign up for iCloud, Apple's free e-mail, back-up and data syncing service
The state mounted a PR blitz to show beachgoers that Florida's surf had been spared an oily disaster. Presidential visits aside, it seems social media helped save summer tourism on the Gulf of Mexico
By Shelley DuBois, reporter
The BP (BP) Deepwater Horizon spill happened in the middle of nowhere in the Gulf of Mexico, but it also took place, as every event of global import now does, in the realm of MOREAug 27, 2010 11:12 AM ET
A TV-on-your-PC company has created a way to block the locust noise from World Cup broadcasts. It's just the start of the personal-filterized future of TV.
By Paul Smalera, senior editor
In honor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, YouTube recently added a "vuvuzela" button that would enable the plastic horn's trademark buzzing on just about any video available on the site. That's pretty funny, and if you're watching "OMG MOREJun 24, 2010 11:49 AM ET
"Deal a day" websites are changing the way we shop -- and raising tons of venture capital. Discounter Groupon is leading the way.
A few years ago Andrew Mason was a public-policy graduate student who had gotten into a social rut. "There's so much to do in Chicago," he recalls, "but I found myself going to the same movie theaters and restaurants."
To make trying new places less risky, Mason, 29, started MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Mar 18, 2010 6:00 AM ET
By Theo Schlossnagle, CEO, OmniTI
In an era of cheap bandwidth, hardware, and programmers, executives have forgotten -- to their detriment -- how to prepare for the consequences of website failures.
Popular opinion holds that Web 2.0 is a surge of innovation heretofore unseen on the Internet. Many, like Marc Andressen, argue that one of, if not the most, important contributors to this innovation is access to cheap bandwidth, programmers, hardware and MOREFeb 26, 2010 11:00 AM ET
Startups and disruptors (yes, Google) seek to rethink voice calling.
Andy Jagoe is zigging while the rest of the mobile world zags. Let everyone else chase the next hot iPhone app. He's betting the next big thing is a twist on the same old thing: making calls.
He may be right. Jagoe, CEO and co-founder of startup 3jam, is one of several Silicon Valley dreamers who thinks he can reinvent the MOREJon Fortt - Aug 20, 2009 8:00 AM ET
Cost-conscious businesses are looking online for IT
By Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder, Box.net
Something is clearly happening in the cloud. Two major juggernauts – the government and Microsoft – have both recently made cloud-related announcements. The government (hardly ever considered an early adopter) is planning to launch a cloud computing 'Storefront' to ease the federal deployment of these online services, with the ultimate goal of streamlining operations and saving money. MOREAug 4, 2009 9:00 AM ET
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