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8×8 debuts Enhanced 911 service

Santa Clara-based VoIP provider 8×8 Inc. said the Enhanced 911 (E911) service it offers Packet8 subscribers, which mirrors that of legacy landline phone service providers, is now available in 2,024 rate centers covering 43 U.S. states.

Launched nearly one year ago with support the National Emergency Number Association, 8×8’s E911 service automatically routes calls and computer-based “screen pops” of caller information to emergency personnel at local Public Safety Answering Points. The E911 call is routed as 911 emergency traffic and is accompanied by caller information.

WiFi sales rise to record rates

Worldwide sales of wireless LAN equipment revenue rose 20 percent to $767.6 million between the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005, according to Infonetics Research’s quarterly market share service.

The study also said that 12.2 million units were shipped, the highest quarterly volume to date. Revenue is expected to rise another 2 percent to $779.6 million by first-quarter 2006, and will hit $3.6 billion by 2008, as wireless LAN products continue to gain traction across most all product categories and across all geographic regions.

The number of wireless LAN switch ports in use rose 44 percent to 112,000; revenue grew 13 percent to $52.2 million and is expected to jump to $699.2 million by 2008.

The global broadband boom continues to generate more and more demand for wireless broadband routers, which saw a 34 percent increase in revenue between 4Q04 and 1Q05, topping $328 million. In 2005, new product features such as MIMO, extended range capabilities, and Infonetics said VoIP functionality will generate replacement purchasing, further fueling the wireless broadband router market.

Persony teams with ShareMethods

Los Gatos-based Web conferencing software provider Persony announced a partnership with ShareMethods, a sales and marketing document management and collaboration service provider. Persony provides Persony VShow, a Web conferencing product that uses standard Web servers to host online meetings, reducing the cost of Web conferencing. ShareMethods has joined the Persony Partner Program which will allow the company to make Persony VShow available to all of its prospects and customers as an additional subscription service.

The partnership enables ShareMethods to add real-time collaboration to its on-demand sales and marketing document management service.

Anonymizer releases Firefox ID protector

San Diego-based Anonymizer Inc., a provider of Internet privacy and security products, released Anonymizer Total Privacy Suite, which it says it the first comprehensive identity protection product that works with Mozilla’s Firefox open-source Web browser.

The suite integrates three Anonymizer programs-Anonymous Surfing, Anti-Spyware and digital shredding capabilities-into a single solution that protects Firefox users from from spyware, keylogger software, and online snooping programs.

Waterman new VitalStream CEO

Irvine-based VitalStream, Inc., a streaming media solutions and global content delivery provider, named Jack Waterman chief executive officer.

Prior to joining VitalStream, Waterman held senior executive positions during his 22-year career at Paramount Pictures Corp. Most recently, he served for more than a decade at Paramount as president of Worldwide Pay TV.

IT workers cautious, managers optimistic

The Hudson Employment Index for IT workers fell 21 points in May from 114.2 to 93.2, the lowest reading ever recorded for the IT Index. This decline in confidence was due to a significant decrease in optimism about personal finances and hiring intentions, as well as increased concerns about job loss.

The study found that 19 percent of the workforce expects their organizations to lay off staff in the coming months, up from 17 percent in March and April. Similarly, the percent of workers nervous about losing their own jobs rose to its highest level in more than a year at 22 percent.

Despite workers’ concerns, optimism continues to climb among managers. The percent anticipating their companies will hire in the coming months rose two points to 35 percent, while the percent expecting layoffs dropped a point to 18 percent.

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