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AOL junk mail outlives outlet

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. -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

Iris program in beta testing

Iris Financial, a New York-based provider of tailored component-based financial software, has redeveloped its business objects and core financial technology for the Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE). The financial services industry recently identified J2EE as a strategic development platform.

The program is approaching the end of beta testing and will be formally launched by the end of the second quarter this year. -CU Staff

Viewpoint player licensed to Compaq

New York-based Viewpoint Corp. has licensed its Viewpoint Media Player to Compaq Computer Corp. Compaq will use the media player throughout its network of corporate Web sites to offer photo-realistic 3D, 2D Zoomview, Macromedia Flash and other compatible vector graphics animation, object movies, panoramas, and digital audio and video.

In addition, the company has made its Viewpoint Partner Portal Program available online. The Web-based marketing site contains specific information on the Viewpoint Experience Technology (VET) features, access to the technology, and the ability to publish digital assets on the Internet. The portal program also grants small businesses the rights to publish rich-media content on the Internet.

Viewpoint develops interactive media technologies and services. Its graphics operating system platform, the Viewpoint Media Player, is licensed to Fortune 500 companies for use in online, offline, and embedded applications. -CU Staff

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

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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