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Qwest extends switchover deadline

Qwest Communications recently extended the deadline for customers to switch to Microsoft’s MSN or any other Internet service provider (ISP). Customers now have until late April to select an ISP, after which time service for those who have not made the change will be automatically switched to MSN.

The Denver, Colo.-based company, which serves a 14-state region stretching from the West Coast to Minnesota, said in a news release that it wants to be sure its customers know they can choose any ISP.

The Qwest extension was offered one day after Minnesota attorney general Mike Hatch announced that the phone company agreed to inform customers in the state who have not yet made the switch that they have their choice of ISPs. Qwest agreed to extend terms of the Minnesota settlement to other states in the region. -NewsBytes

Shriners Hospital unveils custom kids’ computer

Young patients of the Shriners Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities now have access to a specially designed computer that enables children with disabilities to use the World Wide Web, e-mail, and word-processing programs.

The new computer, which features a touch-screen monitor and the capability for voice-recognition software, was designed for children who are unable to use standard input devices such as mice and keyboards. The computer is stationed on an ergonomic tray cart designed by St. Paul-based Ergotron Inc. that allows the computer to be adjusted by users who are lying in a hospital bed or sitting in a wheelchair.

A group of volunteers associated with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Shriners Hospital donated approximately $4,000 to pay for the equipment, which includes a touch-screen monitor, voice-recognition software, a wireless keyboard, three wireless mice, a wireless network, and a USB hub. -CU Staff anchors fundraiser

Minneapolis-based ISP was the sponsor for a recent AIDS fundraising event entitled “Surrender Diva: We’re not in Oz Anymore.” The local ISP debuted its Surrender Diva digital photo booth at the event, which drew about 3,500 people.

Photos taken at the booth were e-mailed instantly to friends and family. The event was presented by Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) and benefited several Twin Cities organizations including Park House, AIDS Care Partners, Clare Housing, Open Arms of Minnesota, and Camp Heartland. -CU Staff

Telex partners with iConnectHere

Telex Communications Inc. of Minneapolis has teamed up with Internet telephony service iConnectHere to offer a promotional deal that includes 300 minutes of Internet long distance phone calls with all Telex computer microphones and headsets purchased at retail outlets such as CompUSA and BestBuy. -CU Staff

Watermark honored

Edina-based business and technical training company Watermark Learning was the recent recipient of the Project Management Institute’s Corporate Partner Outstanding Support Award. The business and technical training company was presented the award by the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

The award is presented annually to PMI corporate partners that have demonstrated outstanding support for the chapter throughout the year.

In addition to the award, several members of Watermark’s staff were honored individually, including Elizabeth Larson, Richard Larson, Andrea Brockmeier, Steve Westby, and Virg Senescall. -NewsBytes

PeopleSoft, Soft Link team up

Maplewood-based PeopleSoft Inc. has inked an agreement with Texas-based Soft Link. PeopleSoft will designate the company a PeopleSoft end-user training partner. Soft Link will have its core end-user training engagement team complete customization training over a three-month period, after which time the company will be permitted to use the EUT partner program logo. Soft Link’s PeopleSoft consulting practice provides end-user training solutions to more than 150 clients. -CU Staff

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