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Acme debuts PowerBook cover

Acme Made, a division of Tonic Ware, Inc., introduced the iCover II, Acme Made’s newest addition to its Cover line of screen covers for Apple PowerBook and iBook computers. The iCover helps protect the computer’s display from dirt and oils that build up on the keyboard and are subsequently transferred to the screen when the laptop is closed and can result in permanent damage to the display.

Nexsan releases ATAbaby

Woodland Hills-based Nexsan Technologies, a maker of storage products, announced a new dual-chassis configuration of its ATAbaby storage array, providing a high-capacity, storage solution for small and medium-sized businesses. Nexsan’s dual-chassis ATAbaby Twins configuration provides up to 2.4 terabytes in a 2U configuration. ATAbaby bundle offers integration for customers operating in Windows Server environments, and fully supports the storage services of the new Windows Server 2003.

SkyNET to use Payment One services

San Jose-based Payment One Corp., a provider of advanced payment solutions for digital content, online premium service and Internet access providers, announced that SkyNET Telesystems, a pioneer in VoIP (voice-over Internet protocol) long distance services has deployed PaymentOne’s payment and billing services for its online subscribers. As a key part of the decision to select and deploy PaymentOne, SkyNET has implemented PaymentOne’s full suite of traditional credit card processing and alternative payment options, including their proprietary PhoneBill Service. The service puts charges on consumers’ existing local telephone bill account.

Polycom teams with Avaya

Pleasanton video conferencing firm Polycom Inc. formed a partnership with Avaya Inc. to jointly develop new IP telephony video technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a joint statement, the companies said the aim of the partnership will be to develop Internet protocol-based telephony solutions “that will make desktop and group video communication as simple as a phone call.” The companies also said Avaya plans to sell and service Polycom products globally, expanding the companies’ existing strategic reseller relationship in North America that already includes more than 10,000 video implementations.

Talley new 2Wise vice president

San Jose-based 2Wire, Inc., a maker of intelligent DSL gateways, named Michael L. Talley as vice president, customer services and support. Talley will be responsible for driving the strategic development of 2Wire’s customer support initiatives and systems with its service provider partners. He will also oversee operations of the company’s Phoenix customer care facility, consisting of more than 250 help desk and support staff.

Acronis updates backup software

South San Francisco-based Acronis, Inc., a maker of storage management solutions, launched Acronis True Image Server 7.0, the latest version of its award-winning server disk imaging, disaster recovery and backup software. It allows systems administrators and network managers to create the exact disk image of live servers. New features include the ability to image live server operating systems, support for incremental backups, scheduling, dynamic disks, tape drives, and image verification. Acronis also released Privacy Expert Suite 7.0. The package provides corporate and individual users with the ability to protect confidential data by permanently removing all copies and trace data from cache files, logs and other parts of the disk drive where records of the data and computing activity are stored.

ImmuniCode, Matisse team up

San Francisco-based ImmuniCode announced a new partnership with Matisse Software. Both ImmuniCode and Matisse serve .NET developers with products that strategically complement each other. VBCS 2.0 helps legacy systems written in VB move to C#, enabling these systems to use Matisse’s database management system.

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