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Veraciti, PNY, New Jersey schools, AOL, and Jacoby & Myers.

Veraciti debuts home network wiring service

Cedar Knolls-based Veraciti has launched a new service that provides computer users with the infrastructure needed to set up a home-based computer network.

Veraciti’s home-wiring solution provides electronic infrastructure for energy and appliance management, safety and security, audio and video distribution, home office technology, and educational technology needs including video conferencing, local area networks, and peripherals. -CU Staff

PNY releases new series of graphics cards

Parsippany-based PNY Technologies has released its Verto GeForce4 Ti 4600 graphics cards. The new graphics cards are powered by NVIDIA Corp.’s graphics processing unit.

PNY’s latest Verto GeForce4 graphics card includes a special in-box copy of Star Wars Starfighter by LucasArts. PNY’s other cards include 3D gaming glasses, Grin’s game, Ballistics, or a package of 80-minute CD-Rs, depending on the graphic card purchased. -CU Staff

New Jersey schools plan $12 million in tech upgrades

The state of New Jersey will spend more than $12 million on IT infrastructure upgrades provided by Houston, Texas-based Compaq Computer Corp. The state has signed an education contract with Compaq that will add more than 10,000 desktop units, more than 1,000 laptop computers, 155 Compaq ProLiant industry standard servers, and several Compaq wireless solutions.

The contract will affect five New Jersey school districts: Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Cherry Hill, and Dover. -CU Staff

AOL junk mail outlives Industry Standard

Subscribers to The Industry Standard haven’t received the new-economy magazine for months since it shut down last August. But they could be getting junk e-mail and other solicitations as a result of their subscription for years to come, thanks to New York City-based AOL’s Time unit.

In what may be an effort to monetize its investment, Time has apparently begun leasing the magazine’s subscriber list, which it reportedly picked up for $500,000 at a bankruptcy auction last September.

Representatives of IDG and AOL Time Warner confirmed that Time acquired the subscriber list last year, but they were unable to immediately provide more information on the transaction or on the media company’s plans for using the list.

E-mail to Industry Standard subscribers recently was sent from systems operated by Commerce Register Inc., a New Jersey-based direct marketing firm. According to the “From” line of the message, which touted an online seminar from Adobe Systems, the e-mail was sent by the business magazine. However, a line at the bottom of the message stated that “The Industry Standard is not affiliated with this offer.”

Representatives of IDG and AOL Time Warner confirmed that Time acquired the subscriber list last year, but they were unable to immediately provide more information on the transaction or on the media company’s plans for using the list. -CU Staff

Jacoby & Myers in class-action 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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