This week

*Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) has announced theexpansion of the ColorLok paper standard with new benefits for commodity-gradeoffice papers for laser printing. A study conducted by Buyers Laboratory Inc. andcommissioned by HP concludes that ColorLok quality standard papers can help maximizethe life of laser printers – running up to nine times longer – compared totested papers that do not meet the standard. ColorLok papers helped protectcritical laser engine parts and kept them clean on the inside, enabling theconsistent, reliable performance and quality customers expect. Thelarge-particle mineral filler papers included in the BLI analysis that do notmeet the ColorLok quality standard are manufactured in Asia and distributedprimarily in China and India.

*NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), a cloud-based financials/ ERP software vendor, has announced the NetSuite Accountant Program. The programis designed exclusively for accountants that want to use NetSuite to offeraccounting services to their clients. It offers accountants services includingsecure real-time, browser-based access to their clients’ NetSuite accounts, atthe clients’ discretion and preferred rates on NetSuite training. The programis provided at no charge to accounting firms, and their clients who are runningNetSuite. It allows accountants to securely, easily and remotely supportclients who are running NetSuite, receive training and tools to learn NetSuiteand navigate the client’s NetSuite-based financials, learn about the latestNetSuite innovations and get advice from fellow NetSuite users, and get benefitsfor referring new business to NetSuite.

*BitDefender, an internet security software vendor,is warning social networking devotees to be careful when accepting friendrequests and to be conscious of the data they share. According to a new studyconducted by BitDefender over a two week period, social network users do notappear to be preoccupied with the real identity of the people they meet onlineor about the details they disclose while chatting with total strangers. Thestudy revealed that 94 per cent of those asked to “friend” the test profile, anunknown, attractive young woman, accepted the request without knowing who therequester really was. The study sample group included 2,000 users from all overthe world registered on one of the most popular social networks. In the firststep, the users were only requested to add the unknown test profile as theirfriend, while in the second step several conversations with randomly selectedusers aimed to determine what kind of details they would disclose. The studyshowed more than 86 per cent of the users who accepted the test-profile’sfriend request work in the IT industry, of which 31 per cent work in IT security.The most frequent reason for accepting the test profile’s friend request washer “lovely face” (53 per cent). After a half an hour conversation, 10 per centdisclosed personal sensitive information, such as: address, phone number,mother’s and father’s name, etc. – information usually requested as answers topassword recovery questions. Two hours later, 73 per cent siphoned what appearsto be confidential information from their workplace, such as future strategies,plans, as well as unreleased technologies/software.

New Products

*IBM (NYSE: IBM) is producing what it claims is theworld's fastest computer chip which will power a new version of the IBMmainframe that begins shipping to customers on Sept. 10. IBM said the speed isnecessary for businesses managing huge workloads, such as banks and retailers,especially as the world becomes increasingly more inter-connected, data hasgrown beyond the world's storage capacity, and business transactions continueto skyrocket. The z196 processor is a four-core chip that contains 1.4 billiontransistors on a 512-square millimeter surface. The chip was designed by IBMengineers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and was manufactured using IBM's 45 nanometer SOIprocessor technology in the company's 300mm fab in East Fishkill, N.Y. Themainframe processor makes use of IBM's embedded DRAM technology, which allowsIBM to place dense DRAM caches, or components, on the same chips as high-speedmicroprocessors, resulting in improved performance. The chip will power the newzEnterprise System. The core server in the zEnterprise System — calledzEnterprise 196 — contains 96 microprocessors, capable of executing more than50 billion instructions per second.

*SmartBear Software has announced the release ofits application runtime analysis and performance profiling tool, AQtime 7.0. Version7.0 brings its powerful capabilities to the latest development frameworks,including the newly released Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Embarcadero RADStudio XE, and adds support for Java and Microsoft .NET 4 Framework. Inaddition, AQtime Standard 7.0 is now included in Embarcadero RAD Studio XE andprofiles its Delphi and C++Builder applications. Users can upgrade to AQtime7.0 Pro which provides many additional advanced features for code profiling,including line-level profiling, 64 bit and .NET support, compare and mergeoptions, and unlimited number of modules. AQtime 7.0 Pro is availableimmediately.

*Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX), anenterprise content management software vendor, has announced the availabilityof a complete set of products and services intended to help enterpriseinformation technology groups centrally manage large numbers of MicrosoftSharePoint 2010 sites from creation through archiving. The services will be ledby Burntsand, which joins Open Text after a recent acquisition. Burntsandbrings experienced consultants who focus on SharePoint 2010 and ECMimplementations. Using the recently released SharePoint 2010 version of OpenText Content Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Open Text Case Management Frameworkfor SharePoint 2010, Open Text services can help IT departments deploy theinfrastructure needed to take control over unmanaged SharePoint 2010deployments. Moreover, it can help accelerate the rollout of critical projectsby giving users simple tools to create and deploy SharePoint 2010 sites andapplications in accordance with corporate governance policies and manage theentire lifecycle of SharePoint 2010 sites.

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