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BOSTON (06/02/2000) - DecisionOne Corp. announced last week its Broadband Deployment Services to help large companies install and maintain Digital Subscriber Line, cable modem and other high-speed connections. The Fraser, Pennsylvania-based company said its new services cover customers' on-premise equipment, central office and cable head-end installation, line provisioning, fulfillment, technical support and other operations.

Road warriors with Wireless Application Protocol-ready cell phones will be able to tap into Extensity Inc.'s travel, billing, procurement and expense software.

The Emeryville, California-based company's Extensity Mobile Connect includes security capabilities that authenticate users and give them menu access to available applications.

After having already rejected Sun Microsystems Inc.'s copyright claims for summary judgment as well as portions of its licensing restrictions, District Court Judge Ronald Whyte has tentatively granted Microsoft Corp.'s request to dismiss Sun's claim for US$35 million in damages related to its Java programming language. Sun claimed that portions of its Java source code were posted on Microsoft's Web site, but Whyte ruled that Sun didn't prove Microsoft officers acted "willfully and intentionally."

Cincinnati Bell Telephone has deployed a software upgrade system that will eliminate many of the on-site visits typically required when customers upgrade their telephone equipment. Cincinnati Bell, now a subsidiary of Broadwing Inc. in Cincinnati, said the software can be downloaded to equipment using all seven layers of the Open Systems Interconnection protocol over the company's Synchronous Optical Network.

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