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Comverse hooks up with Bouygues Telecom

Woodbury-based Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology Inc., has landed a deal with Bouygues Telecom, a Paris, France-based mobile telecom. Comverse will provide the company with its Multimedia Messaging Service Center, an open platform that allows multimedia messages to be exchanged between mobile telephones, personal digital assistants, PCs, and interactive televisions.

Bouygues Telecom is one of the top five global operators of mobile telecommunications, with international coverage in 142 countries. -CU Staff

Sybari, Ericsson join forces

Northport-based Sybari Software–the developer of Antigen, an antivirus, content-management, and e-mail security application for Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino environments–has secured a deal with Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson.

Sybari will deploy its Antigen software across Ericsson’s global Exchange servers, which support more than 80,000 Exchange users throughout 140 countries. -CU Staff

Cell phone law enacted New York motorists now face fines of $100 for talking on their cell phones while driving without a hands-free device or headset, even if ticketed motorists show proof they’ll mend their ways in the future.

Any motorist pulled over by a law enforcement officer and ticketed for talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device or headset will be fined $100. The price goes up to $200 for the second violation and $500 for each infraction after that.

New York remains the only state to have an outright ban on the use of cell phones while driving, and some states’ lawmakers have approved various restrictions on the practice, said Matt Sundeen, spokesman for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The law requires a four-year analysis of how the law works in terms of enforcement and effectiveness, as well as a statistical study of accidents involving cell-phone use and other distractions. Under the ban, New York police will record incidents in which mobile-phone talking and other “distracted driving” episodes cause accidents. -NewsBytes

Gianus unveils security application

New York-based Gianus Technologies has unveiled its latest security application, Phantom Total Security. The software is a non-encryption-based application that can protect any type of computer data by making it completely invisible to hackers, unauthorized users, and viruses.

Phantom TS works by splitting a computer hard disk into two parts, then making one portion “disappear.” The program can protect files, e-mail, e-commerce, Internet records, audio, video, pictures, and software. For more information on the product, visit www.phantomTS.com. -CU Staff

Linux to develop, host BBDO sites

Armonk-based BBDO Interactive has chosen Linux to develop and host its Web sites and applications for its clients. BBDO is deploying SteelEye’s LifeKeeper clustering software running on Linux-based IBM eServer xSeries servers and IBM DB2 Enterprise Edition for Linux.

BBDO chose the German company Computer Concept to help deliver SteelEye’s newly available package on IBM’s eServer xSeries with DB2 database software for its enterprise-grade deployments. -CU Staff

Jacoby & Myers in Web site dispute

The Manhattan law firm of Jacoby & Myers is preparing to file an emergency order asking a court to declare that no “official” Web site exists in connection with its class-action lawsuit against Palo Alto, Calif.-based PayPal.

According to Gail Koff, managing partner of Jacoby & Myers, the firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the popular Internet payment service, alleging improper restriction and administration of customer accounts.

After the suit was filed in California Superior Court in Santa Clara, Calif., Koff said “numerous” Web sites have sprung up on the Internet masquerading as “official” sites of the class action suit.

“Some of these sites claim to represent Jacoby & Myers on this, and some are charging people to participate in the class,” she said. “We want to stop the misinformation that is out there.” -NewsBytes

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