URBANA – The PLATO computer system at the University of Illinois innovated both in hardware – including plasma display and touch screens – and software – educational innovations, email, interactivity with other users and even instant messaging as early as 1961.
The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a new phishing scam recently landing in e-mail inboxes across the U.S.
The bureau said the malicious e-mails have come from the address email@example.com and they pretend to be about a complaint being filed against the company.
Now the work begins.
Officials from Urbana, Champaign and the University of Illinois are expected to meet this week to work on plans for the Big Broadband fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet to the twin cities and campus.
Activities include sessions with tips, chance to shred financial papers, help for seniors
Folks will get plenty of chances next week to learn more about personal finance, thanks to Money Smart Week observances in Champaign and Vermilion counties.
National bagel-chain restaurant Einstein Bros. Bagels will open a location at University and Lincoln avenues in Urbana this summer.
Boast Restaurants, made up of Marc Bralts and Ryan Oas, is the franchisee developing the quick casual restaurant here.
CHAMPAIGN – Randy Reisinger thinks America's reliance on heavy, gas-guzzling automobiles for day-to-day transportation is grossly inefficient.
So he's pitching a plan for small, three-wheeled "personal vehicles" that he hopes will attract drivers and investors alike.
URBANA – The University of Illinois has won a $15 million federal grant to help improve the security of electronic medical records.
CATLIN – Village officials unveiled a $522,214 spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Tuesday that includes a projected deficit of about $22,000.
Mayor Clay Woodard said village officials prepared a budget with a focus on maintaining village services. He said the unpredictability of state funding prevented the board from taking on any big projects next year.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District board Wednesday formally committed the MTD to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband Consortium.
The MTD will pay $339,102 to become part of the group, plus an annual fiber maintenance charge of $24,910 during the 20-year term of the agreement.
URBANA – Acceptance of a $22.5 million federal grant by Urbana City Council members Monday means that local officials can now begin the hard work – actually building a fiber-optic network.