Plug-in tool allows anonymous surfing

Anonymizer Inc. has announced the release of a new plug-in tool for Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer (IE) browsers which lets users surf the Web anonymously.

The plug-in adds a button to the IE toolbar which, if clicked upon, lets users visit Web sites anonymously by preventing visited sites from tracing visitors’ identities back beyond Anonymizer’s proxy servers. The plug-in thus makes it impossible for Web sites to identify users’ IP addresses and place cookies in users’ machines, according to the company. The free service runs in the background, and does not permit browsers to visit secure sites like a Hotmail e-mail account or online bank accounts. The faster US$50 pay version provides for secure site access, as well as ad filtering and blocking functions.

Reporting software partner program for EPM

PeopleSoft has announced the launch of a new reporting software partner program for Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) customers. The program provides customers the flexibility to integrate third-party reporting products that complement PeopleSoft’s EPM solution.

PeopleSoft’s EPM suite is a pure Internet solution to provide organizations with real-time visibility into critical business processes. The program is designed to allow PeopleSoft EPM customers to take advantage of features and functionality from business intelligence solutions. Customers can create analytic reports in their favoured reporting environment, allowing them to preserve existing investments in their preferred business intelligence technology. PeopleSoft’s open architecture allows eligible program participants to integrate their reporting technologies into PeopleSoft’s EPM solution, and provide customers with easy access to PeopleSoft business analytics through a standard Web browser.

Wi-LAN receives OFDM certification by FCC

Wi-LAN Inc. has announced that it has received official certification for its patented W-OFDM technology from the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. regulatory body responsible for telecommunications. This certification officially authorizes the sale of Wi-LAN’s BWS 300-24 W-OFDM product for use in the unlicensed 2.4 CHz frequency band, and opens the door for certification of the company’s next-generation W-OFDM products in the 2.4 GHz band.

The original certification application by Wi-LAN in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band had been denied by the FCC on the basis that OFDM technology did not meet the specified definitions of a “spread spectrum system” or a “direct sequence system”, and therefore did not meet the intent of the FCC rules.

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