T.H.E. News Update :: January 9, 2008

News & Issues

IBM To Develop California Student Achievement System

The California Department of Education has contracted with IBM, through its Global Business Services division, to deliver its next-generation student achievement system. Dubbed the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), the new system is expected to be deployed in the next three years to provide tracking and reporting on student data....

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Visalia USD Bolsters Network for Converged Services

Visalia Unified School District is beefing up its converged network to support higher bandwidths for voice, data, and video. Visalia USD, located in the San Joaquin Valley, has signed AT&T in a five-year deal to act as the primary service provider for network services for the California district....

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GWT: Advanced AJAX Security

Billy Hoffman gave a talk on advanced AJAX security at the recent Google Web Toolkit (GWT) conference in San Francisco. Hoffman manages HP Security Labs, which was SPIDynamics until HP acquired it this year, along with Hoffman. He focuses on automated discovery of Web application vulnerabilities and Web crawling technologies....

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Scientific Learning To Buy Out Soliloquy

Scientific Learning Corp. has announced that it will acquire Soliloquy Learning from JTT Holdings. Both Scientific Learning and Soliloquy provide technology solutions for education. The acquisition will cost SLC about $11 million and is expected to be completed this month. (A definitive agreement to acquire the company was reached in late December.)...

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Worksheet Magic Plus Adds Mac OS X, Vista Support

Gamco, a division of Siboney Learning Group, has released an update to its Worksheet Magic Plus software, a tool for teachers that allows them to create supplemental classroom materials, including puzzles, tests, and other materials. The release is the first of Gamco's titles to run on Vista and also offers Mac OS X support....

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Virtual Machine Use May Tilt OS Dynamic

The rise of virtual machines may prove to be somewhat of a nightmare for entrenched purveyors of closed operating systems, but it may become a boon for independent software vendors (ISVs) and end users -- so a recent Yankee Group report suggests....

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