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Anonymizer to debut Chinese Internet solution

San Diego-based Anonymizer Inc., which makes online identity protection technology and software, is developing an anti-censorship solution that will enable Chinese citizens to safely access the entire Internet filter-free, and also free from oppression and fear of persecution or retribution.

Anonymizer’s solution for Chinese citizens will provide a regularly changing URL that users can access to open the doors to unfettered access of the World Wide Web. In addition, users’ identities will be protected from online tracking and monitoring by the Chinese government.

Coraid announces disk storage protocol

San Clemente-based Coraid Inc. and Rocket Division Software Inc. announced Windows support for the open ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) disk storage protocol. AoE delivers an alternative to iSCSI for networked block storage by eliminating the processing overhead of TCP/IP.

The new AoE Windows driver works with 32/64 bit Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 systems, and provides a simple user interface to mount disks on the network. RDS has added the AoE Windows Driver to its iSCSI software products.

IT worker optimism plummets

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers dropped more than six points to 109.0 in January. Decreased optimism in personal finances and job satisfaction sparked the decline. Just half (51 percent), of sector workers rated their finances favorably in January, down from 57 percent in December. In contrast, the national index remained steady this month, sliding just .8 points to 102.6.

Nationally, managers were less confident about their firms’ hiring plans in January than the previous month. Only 29 percent anticipated more hiring in the coming months, compared to 33 percent in December.

Evisibility buys software company

San Diego-based Internet marketing firm Evisibility.com purchased Runwal Software, based in Bombay, India, bolstering its Web-wide marketing services to include general and specialized software solutions.

Evisbility.com specializes in Internet marketing services and search engine optimization.

Worldlink teams with Alerion

Irvine-based Worldlink Integration Group Inc. announced an investment partnership with Alerion Capital Group, lead by former Unisys CEO James A. Unruh.

Worldlink is a national technology deployment services firm specializing in executing technology deployments across their customers’ distributed footprint of retail and enterprise locations.

Wireless spending outstrips lines

For the first time, in 2006 U.S. businesses of all sizes will spend more on wireless voice services than on wireline, reports In-Stat (www.in-stat.com). And wireless data services will make significant gains as well over the next several years, the high-tech market research firm says. Expenditures by enterprise firms (1,000 or more employees) on wireless data will grow an average of 18 percent per year through 2009.

Recent reports by In-Stat found the following:

* Mid-sized firms accounted for 12.4 percent, or $24 billion, of total U.S. business telecom spending in 2005; these numbers will reach $33 billion and 13 percent of the total U.S. business market by 2009.

* Small business spending on Internet access will grow to $8.2 billion by 2009, up from $4.4 billion in 2005, largely due to adoption of DSL and higher bandwidth services.

appMail debuts e-mail application

San Mateo-based appMail, which specializes in automating business processes performed by e-mail, introduced appMail.com, an integrated platform for structured e-mail communication.

Because it is an application within the body of an e-mail, appMail.com eliminates attachments by putting a database structure in the e-mail itself to collect, consolidate and store the responses that are received from other email accounts. Additional appMail.com features include pre-set delivery dates, reminders, and dates to receive a consolidated report.

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