T.H.E. News Update :: September 3, 2008

News & Issues

Google Plunges Into Browser Market

Just days after Microsoft released the second beta of Internet Explorer 8, Google unexpectedly made what could be its largest assault on Redmond to date--the release of its own Web browser.

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WildFireWeb Offers Free Web Sites to Every K-12 School

WildFireWeb is offering WebSchoolPro Web sites to all public and private K-12 schools in the United States for free. The offering comes after successfully piloting the platform in 15 California districts from 2006 to 2008.

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Malware Dramatically Increasing; Almost All Users Have Clicked on Malicious Links

Web security services firm ScanSafe reported that the total number of Web-based malware blocks has increased by 87 percent in July 2008 compared to the previous month. Specifically, the first two weeks in July have shown an extraordinarily high volume of malware blocks. ScanSafe sells online security services, which scan Web requests from its customers and blocks malicious content.

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Texas District Deploys Internet Management, Monitoring

Llano Independent School District in Texas has signed on with security provider Cymphonix to deploy appliance-based network filtering and management district-wide.

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Alabama District Adopts Web-based Textbook Management

Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama is moving its textbook management to the Web. The switch is designed to address the triple-digit growth forecast for the district over the next 10 years and comes on the heels of a $270 million capital improvement project.

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Santa Ana USD Deploys Crisis Management System

Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) has announced plans to install Prepared Response's Rapid Responder crisis management system for use during emergencies in the district's 78 schools.

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Xap Transcript eXchange Gets SIF 2 Certification

Xap announced recently it has received SIF 2 certification for its Xap Transcript eXchange 2.0 from the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA). The new status is effective as of now and makes the platform among the first of its kind to receive the certification, according to Xap.

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Nevada Virtual Academy Expands To Serve Grades K-9

Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) has announced the expansion of its tuition-free, online public school to include grades K through 9. Prior to state approval, NVVA was limited to grades 4 through 8.

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