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Yahoo Inc. has acquired Konfabulator, a software maker that provides a computer platform for monitoring the weather, stock prices, and other customized information without opening a Web browser. The deal, finalized late last week for an undisclosed price, gives Yahoo access to a toolbox of mini-applications--known as widgets--which Konfabulator first introduced for Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh in 2002.

Konfabulator's widgets will be exposed to a much wider audience under its new ownership. Yahoo ended June with 181 million registered users. The widgets will draw upon information and services already on Yahoo's Web site without requiring a browser to see it. The material instead is displayed through an animated icon on the computer desktop. Yahoo plans to give away the Konfabulator software that empowers the applications. Konfabulator had been charging $20 for the software. Anyone who bought version 2.0 of the software since mid-May will be given refunds.

(www.konfabulator.com; www.yahoo.com

The Liquid Information Research Group has announced its new search system, which uses hyperwords. Users point to a word (or a selection of words) and a menu appears. This menu features a series of options to change the view of the information on the page, to refer to other information, to copy information to the users computer, to blog about the information, etc.

For example, if the user chooses the 'Refer to other information...' menu item, a submenu appears offering options to 'search...' Google, Yahoo!, etc. Instead of searching, the user can choose to 'look up...' the information in dictionaries and other online reference works including Wikipedia. The system works as a Web-based intermediary, with no download or plug-in required. The Liquid Group has also announced Version 4.0. It features keyboard navigation for more advanced users. This intuitive keyboard command language mimics the menu layout, allowing users to learn over time that, for example, searching Yahoo! can also be done by pointing to text and entering 'RSY', which corresponds to 'Refer to other information...', 'search...' and 'Yahoo!'.

(www.liquidinformation.org)

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SecurePipe, a provider of managed network security services has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Mycom's mailMAX Managed Services Division and the mailMAX email management technologies from the Mycom Group, Inc., a technology products, managed services reseller, and software development company. As part of the agreement between the two companies, SecurePipe will retain key personnel and engineering staff. Mycom will continue to distribute mailMAX managed services operating as a reseller for SecurePipe.

(www.securepipe.com; www.mycom.com)

Lionhardt Technologies, a U.K./Canada-based software company, has released Webpod Studio for Windows; an Audio and Video PodCast composer application. WebPod Studio is designed to allow and encourage new and experienced computer users to create, gather content, and produce polished audio and video broadcasting over the internet. Additionally, broadcasts may be uploaded to existing servers and can be archived on those servers, or burned onto CD or DVD disc. WebPod Studio is designed to handle the creation of RSS feeds, the compiling of audio & video PodCasts, uploading, and publishing of data. Currently WebPod Studio is available for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Pricing starts at $89.95 for the standard edition to $169.50 for the Professional edition shipped on a USB Stick.

(www.lionhardt.ca)

Pheedo, an advertising network and ad-delivery platform for RSS publishers, has released the first in a series of "Pheed Read" reports providing the industry's initial look into RSS usage patterns. The "Pheed Read" report provides a preliminary overview of RSS readership patterns, detailing how individual consumers interact with RSS feeds hosted on the Pheedo network. Subsequent reports will provide additional analysis and metrics in a variety of areas. Pheedo's analysis is based on the activity on its network of advertisers and publishers. Pheedo is designed to help advertisers shape successful RSS campaigns and arm publishers with the tools and knowledge required to both understand and monetize RSS content.

The following conclusions and analysis are based on traffic during June and July of 2005. Study findings include: Tuesday is the most active day in RSS readership, with Saturday being the least active. Pheedo data points to Tuesday as being the most active day for RSS viewership, feed retrieval, and click-throughs; click-through rates (CTR) fluctuate significantly depending on day. CTR differs by more than 70% from Tuesday to Saturday. Additionally, feed retrieval has a 47% swing from the most active day (Tuesday) to the least active day (Saturday); "Morning scanners" view the most content, while late-night readers clickthrough more. CTR fluctuates from 7 to 11% depending on the hour of the day that users are consuming the content. CTR peaks in the late night hours and also in the late afternoon; led by Bloglines, 70% of Pheedo managed feeds are read by only five news aggregators. Bloglines is in the top position in Pheedo's feed reader statistics, followed by Firefox, Thunderbird, NewsGator and Sharpreader. In aggregate, these readers are used by almost 70% of people subscribing to Pheedo managed RSS content.

(www.pheedo.com)

Mediasurface, an AIM listed content management provider, has announced a partnership with SiteMorse, a provider of automated testing and monitoring. The partnership is intended to allow Mediasurface to deliver reports for its customers and help them maintain a consistent and fully functioning site. SiteMorse reports look at the pages of a Web site, highlighting errors such as broken links, email failures, metadata and page tagging, operation, accessibility, performance, and compliance.

(www.sitemorse.com; www.mediasurface.com)

The Knowledge Company, Inc. (TKCI), a Jersey City consultant and solution company, has announced that it has developed a solution for assessing an organization's information security environment. The solution, Information Security Assessment Workbook (I-SAW), was jointly developed with Starsoft, an Indian software company, headquartered in Mysore, India. The solution is compliant with the information security practices prescribed by ISO 17799, NIST, HIPPA, and other recognized international standard boards and industry associations. I-SAW supports assessments in the commercial, public sectors, and multi-client and multi-project work environments.

TKCI's marketing objective is to collaborate with professional services and technology companies to sell and support I-SAW as a component of its services' portfolio. I-SAW's value proposition offer users the means to: provide a quick and cost effective way to improve the competitiveness and market image of organizations that lack sophisticated and automated information security assessment tools; set-up an information security consulting practice for consultants or auditors with I-SAW and the companion methodology--I-SAW-M Methodology as building blocks; employ I-SAW as a pre-sales tool for technology vendors to conduct information security assessments with the goal of 'pulling' sales of their security products and solutions; use I-SAW's Web Services version to create a new baseline assessment tool targeted to organizations with multiple locations and a recurring need to verify compliance with corporate and regulatory security policies, standards, and procedures requirements.

(www.knowledgecompanyinc.com; www.starsoft-india.com)

Digital Arts, a developer of filtering software, has announced that its proprietary access control technology has officially been patented in the US. The patented technology uses the combination of blacklists and whitelists of URLs and keywords to control access to Web sites. It also controls Web access by IP address, day, and time zone, and creates reports on accessed Web sites.

(www.digitalarts.com)

EDGAR Online, Inc, a provider of value-added business and financial information on global companies, has announced it has been listed on Russell Investment Group's new Russell Microcap Index. The index, a new reflection of the market of smaller firms, tracks the performance of 2,000 companies that represent approximately 3% of the U.S. equity market.

Russell announced the Russell Microcap Index in May and finalized its constitution July 1. The index includes the smallest 1,000 securities in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index plus the next 1,000 companies below the small-cap index, excluding stocks trading below $1.00, bulletin board, and pink-sheet stocks. In Russell's May news release, the company reported that in three of the past four years, microcap stocks such as EDGAR Online outperformed the larger small caps.

(www.edgar-online.com; www.russell.com)

GuruNet Corporation, creators of the Answers.com answer-based search engine, has announced that its application for listing on NASDAQ's National Market System has been approved. The Company expects to begin trading on NASDAQ under the symbol ANSW in the beginning of August. GuruNet further announced its intention to change its corporate name to Answers Corporation, subject to stockholder approval. Pending formal stockholder approval, the Company will continue to operate under the GuruNet name.

(www.gurunet.com; www.answers.com)

Fios Inc., a provider of IT-enabled electronic discovery services, and eMag Solutions, a provider of data restoration services, has announced a partnership that will combine eMag Solutions' tape processing and restoration with Fios' electronic discovery solutions. The joint partnership is designed to deliver a suite of services--from data restoration through each phase of electronic discovery to final production to requesting parties.

(www.emaglink.com; www.fiosinc.com)