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Day: October 23, 2000

Kurion Launches RightView Hypersyndication for BroadVision & Vignette

Kurion launched RightView Hypersyndication for BroadVision and RightView Hypersyndication for Vignette. Immediately available, these RightView applications extend existing BroadVision and Vignette infrastructures to easily execute comprehensive hypersyndication tasks of application and content integration and syndication. With Kurion, BroadVision and Vignette users can integrate or syndicate applications and content faster, easier and with added functionality. And Kurion’s technology is designed to be delivery, format and protocol independent, so integrating with non-BroadVision or non-Vignette sites, or sites using different delivery standards, is no longer a problem. Kurion’s RightView Hypersyndication for BroadVision (RVHB) enables One-to-One Publishing customers to easily and automatically select the exact applications or content they want from source sites and then automatically modify the look, feel and presentation style of that information so it is displayed as an integrated component of the destination site. In addition, RVHB extends the capabilities of BroadVision’s MarketMaker to allow members to dynamically and easily add selected applications and content — in new formats and styles if desired — to a MarketMaker-powered Internet exchange. Kurion’s RightView Hypersyndication for Vignette (RVHV) works with Vignette’s Content Management Server and enhances Vignette’s Syndication Server. For customers that do not have Syndication Server, RVHV provides capabilities lacking in Syndication Server, such as application syndication, offer transformation, or the ability to grant affiliates significant flexibility. For those customers that have Syndication Server, RVHV provides the same application, transformation, and affiliate control benefits, but also automates the affiliate’s process of receiving Syndication Server packages. RightView Hypersyndication for BroadVision and RightView Hypersyndication for Vignette are available immediately at an introductory price of $50,000 for the remainder of 2000. www.kurion.com

SoftLock Unveils Dynamic Content Locking

SoftLock.com, Inc. introduced its Dynamic Content Locking (DCL) technology that enables digital content to be packaged, secured, and distributed in real-time. Digital Content Locking is an innovative approach to digital rights management (DRM), which will allow consumers to order digital documents that are customized to their interests, packaged on the fly, and delivered within seconds. Content providers can focus on maintaining their content database rather than on the production and distribution of the final packaged product. Using SoftLock’s DCL technology, content providers can generate a wide range of secure digital documents, which contain up-to-the minute information. Here’s how it works: A consumer, after viewing samples of available documents and content options clicks on the buy button to begin the DCL process. After the consumer’s credit has cleared, the online commerce system sends a request to the content database describing the required XML document components and the document format. SoftLock’s DCL process automatically retrieves the required XML components from the database, creates the Adobe PDF document, locks and encrypts the document using SoftLock’s DRM services. The report is then instantly delivered to the consumer along with the keys to “unlock” their rights to the document, which enables full viewing- all within 30 seconds. Document types which are particularly appropriate for this “late binding” process include investment analysis, company reports, and technology updates. As with SoftLock’s other Digital Content Marketing services, consumers can email the secure document to friends or colleagues using SoftLock’s Passalong service. Passalong is a viral marketing technique that enables content providers to encourage the follow-on sales of content while maintaining its security wrapper. Friends and colleagues can view samples of the secure document and then click to purchase. An unlock key will be emailed to them within a matter of seconds. www.softlock.com

W3C Issues XML Schema as Candidate Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has issued XML Schema as a W3C Candidate Recommendation. Advancement of the document to Candidate Recommendation is an invitation to the Web development community at large to make implementations of XML Schema and provide technical feedback. Simply defined, XML Schemas define shared markup vocabularies and allow machines to carry out rules made by people. They provide a means for defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents. The XML Schema specification consists of three parts. One part defines a set of simple datatypes, which can be associated with XML element types and attributes; this allows XML software to do a better job of managing dates, numbers, and other special forms of information. The second part of the specification proposes methods for describing the structure and constraining the contents of XML documents, and defines the rules governing schema-validation of documents. The third part is a primer, which explains what schemas are, how they differ from DTDs, and how someone builds a schema. By bringing datatypes to XML, XML Schema increases XML’s power and utility to the developers of electronic commerce systems, database authors and anyone interested in using and manipulating large volumes of data on the Web. By providing better integration with XML Namespaces, it makes it easier than it has ever been to define the elements and attributes in a namespace, and to validate documents which use multiple namespaces defined by different schemas. XML Schema introduces new levels of flexibility that may accelerate the adoption of XML for significant industrial use. For example, a schema author can build a schema that borrows from a previous schema, but overrides it where new unique features are needed. XML Schema also provides a way for users of e-commerce systems to choose which XML Schema they use to validate elements in a given namespace, thus providing better assurance in e-commerce transactions and greater security against unauthorized changes to validation rules. The working group members include: Academia Sinica; ArborText, Inc; Bootstrap Alliance and LSU; Calico Commerce; Commerce One; Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); DevelopMentor; Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC Pty Ltd); Graphic Communications Association; Health Level Seven; Hewlett Packard Company; IBM; Informix; Intel; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Lexica LLC; Lotus Development Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; Microstar; MITRE; NCR; Oracle Corp.; Progress Software; SAP AG; Software AG; Sun Microsystems; TIBCO Software; University of Edinburgh; webMethods, Inc; Xerox; and XMLSolutions. www.w3.org

worldweb.net Launches Expressroom I/O 2.0

worldweb.net Inc. announced the launch of the beta version of its next-generation content management software, Expressroom I/O v2.0. Expressroom I/O is a 100%, Java-based, content management software system. It provides users with the control, flexibility, and power needed to produce, manage, and administer the most sophisticated enterprise Web sites with minimal technical experience. Managers of information are easily able to contribute, approve, and post content to their Web sites without the need of a webmaster or programmer. The newest version of the software, Expressroom I/O v2.0, promotes collaboration by providing advanced workflow tools that enable users to coordinate on the review and approval process of all Web site assets. Users can easily manage their content — whether it is created in Expressroom I/O, or imported from external sources, such as Word or Quark, syndication services, live news feeds, or legacy databases — and deliver it to multiple sources including Web pages and wireless devices. Expressroom I/O v2.0 is extensible and J2EE-compliant, giving developers the flexibility needed to integrate a complete content management solution in an e-Business platform. Among other enhancements for content management, worldweb.net has integrated state-based workflow into Expressroom I/O v2.0. Business professionals easily control how content is routed, edited, approved and published, eliminating the need for programmers to control workflow processes. Now, users can work in a graphical interface to develop workflow patterns, rather than using complicated scripting. The template-based content management solution supports versioning and roll-back technology. In addition, a reporting feature allows for e-mail notification of progress or status reports, which can be sent to a user’s cell phone or pager. Expressroom I/O v2.0 will be available at the end of the fourth quarter of 2000. The client applications run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0 SP5 or higher, Red Hat, Linux, and Solaris. Supported servers include Windows NT 4.0 SP5, Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux 6.2, Debian Linux, and Solaris 8. Expressroom I/O v2.0 works with various Web and Application server environments, including IBM Websphere; IIS with Resin on NT; Resin on NT, Solaris, or Linux; ATG Dynamo; BEA Web Logic; Resin with Apache on Linux; Apache with Jserv. www.worldweb.net

HP to Acquire Bluestone

Hewlett-Packard Company and Bluestone Software, Inc. announced the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which HP will acquire Bluestone in a stock-for-stock strategic transaction. Bluestone’s software will become the integrating platform for HP’s current software offerings and will serve as the core of HP’s next-generation software strategy by leveraging the combined platform’s advanced XML, e-services and mobile technology capabilities. Bluestone’s standards-based J2EE and XML application server technology, along with their Java transaction service, will form the core of HP’s middleware offering. With this solution, customers will be able to develop, integrate, deploy, and manage J2EE and XML applications and services across the enterprise, across trading community partners, and across interactions and transactions with customers using mobile appliances and devices. HP Consulting will develop a set of implementation and integration services in support of Bluestone’s technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Bluestone shareowners will receive 0.2433 pre-split shares of HP common stock for each share of Bluestone common stock. The completion of the transaction is subject to closing conditions and the approval of Bluestone shareowners. Upon completion of the transaction, Bluestone will become a wholly owned subsidiary of HP. www.bluestone.com, www.hp.com

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