T.H.E. News Update :: July 23, 2008

News & Issues

Is Desire2Learn in the Clear? Blackboard Says 'No'

Desire2Learn is reporting the first bit of (tentatively) good news to come out of Texas since Blackboard initiated its patent-infringement suit against it almost two years ago to the day. According to Desire2Learn, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division, has denied issuing sanctions in Blackboard's motion for contempt. But Blackboard told us Desire2Learn definitely is not in the clear.

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IBM Delivers Virtual Desktop Hosting to Pike County Schools

IBM and Pike County Schools have confirmed a five-year agreement that will provide the Kentucky school district with Virtual Infrastructure Access desktop hosting. The service will provide older PCs within the district Internet performance similar to newer machines.

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Studywiz Spark Partners with ePals, Takes Web 2.0 Around the World

"Dynamic LearnSpace" provider Studywiz Spark and social network provider ePals announced a partnership that will integrate the two companies' offerings to provide rich, dynamic learning experiences for K-12 students, teachers, and parents.

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Ubisoft, Princeton Review Bring the SATs to Nintendo DS

At the E3 conference last week, Ubisoft announced plans to release My SAT Coach with The Princeton Review for the Nintendo DS.

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Virginia, Texas Schools Deploy Firewall Solutions

Palo Alto Networks announced two large-scale deployments of its PA-4000 series firewall. The city of Staunton, VA (including its schools) and Garland Independent School District in Texas have implemented the company's firewall solution to protect their network infrastructure from a variety of security issues, including inappropriate content, malware, viruses, and unwanted applications, to name a few.

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AVST, Mirapoint Team Up To Provide Unified Messaging

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies (AVST) and Mirapoint announced they've formed a strategic partnership to deliver a unified messaging solution that addresses the needs of both the enterprise and education sectors.

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The Latin School Migrates to BakBone for Data Backup and Recovery

The Latin School of Chicago has signed on with BakBone Software to provide its VMware-based virtualized infrastructure and heterogeneous data protection. Under the agreement, the school will use BakBone's NetVault: Backup solution to protect information on more than 80 servers throughout the campus.

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ConnectEDU Acquires Prep HeadQuarters

College and career planning services provider ConnectEDU announced that it's acquired Prep Headquarters, an online college planning service currently used in more than 700 high schools in the United States.

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