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Texas GOP files complaint over Enron parody site

The Republican Party of Texas has apparently backed away from its threat to bring a trademark lawsuit against the owner of enronownsthegop.com, opting instead to file a complaint with the state ethics commission.

The site lampoons several state GOP incumbent candidates for refusing to return tens of thousands of dollars in PAC money contributed by Enron employees.

The Web site reads “The Republican Party of Texas, Brought to You by Enron,” and includes the Texas GOP’s trademarked symbol of an elephant superimposed on a map of the Lone Star State. Sprinkled nearly everywhere on the site–including on the back of an elephant–is Enron’s now-infamous “crooked-E” symbol.

The site’s founder, Kelly Fero, received a threatening letter from the Texas GOP stating that the Web site was “clearly intended to imitate and mimic the RPT trademark symbol and Web site, and to create confusion and mislead the public.” -NewsBytes

SourceForge to host Compaq open-source Web site

Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp. announced that its open-source development and resource Web site will now be hosted on OSDN’s SourceForge.net, the world’s largest open-source software development site.

Compaq, a long-time supporter and advocate of Linux development, anticipates that moving its Opensource.compaq.com site to SourceForge.net will enable its sponsored Linux projects to be more easily accessible, garner higher visibility and increased participation, and result in a greater impact and return for the open-source community.

SourceForge.net currently hosts more than 32,000 projects for 330,000 registered users. -CU Staff

Texas.Net buys Insync Internet, Reliant data centers

Austin-based Texas.Net has acquired Insync Internet from Reliant Energy Communications, a move that will add more than 1,000 businesses to Texas.Net’s customer base across Texas. The company also acquired Reliant Energy Communications’ Internet data centers in Houston and Austin. The acquisition makes Texas.Net Houston’s largest business Internet services provider, adding to its No. 1 market share in the Austin-San Antonio corridor.

Both Texas.Net and Reliant Energy Communications have committed to making the ownership transition seamless for customers. The Reliant data center shares a wall with Texas.Net’s operations in the Marathon Oil Tower in Houston. The two facilities will be combined to create more than 20,000 square feet of Internet infrastructure with military-grade security. -CU Staff

Sirius Satellite launches radio service

Sirius Satellite Radio has launched its satellite radio service in Houston. The company also announced that a variety of Sirius-ready products are now available at area retailers including Best Buy, Tweeter, Mobile One, and Circuit City.

Sirius has held a “Rhythm of the Road” tour during the past several weeks in commemoration of the launch. “Rhythm of the Road” trailer trucks opened up to listening kiosks for consumers and Sirius-ready vehicles at various locations throughout Houston.

Sirius uses its three satellites orbiting directly over the United States to broadcast 100 channels of digital quality radio to motorists throughout the continental United States for a monthly subscription fee of $12.95. Sixty of the channels are completely commercial-free. The company has agreements to install AM/FM/SAT radios in Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, Mazda, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. -CU Staff

BSD buys Viatel assets

Houston-based BSD Corp., a PeopleSoft provider, has acquired certain assets of Viatel, a global telecommunications company based in New York City. BSD will acquire hardware and software from Viatel’s data center, and the company has also outsourced aspects of Viatel’s financial applications, data warehousing, and e-mail server activities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The outsourcing agreement will enable BSD to offer outsourcing and business recovery for PeopleSoft applications to its customer base. -CU Staff

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