Experience's Chris Vento
EXEC. Experience, a provider
of career services
for college students
has named Chris Vento executive
VP of technology and product strategy.
Vento previously served as executive
VP of product development for
USDLA ADVISOR. The United
States Distance Learning Association has appointed
Pat Cassella, senior director of
marketing/education at VBrick Systems, to the
USDLA advisory board.
Kidaro's Kevin Brown
provider Kidaro has appointed
Kevin Brown as president, CEO, and
a member of the board of directors.
Brown previously served in executive
roles at Network Appliance, Decru, and Inktomi (now part
CONVERGENCE OF AV AND IT.
New company Sight126 has created a solution that integrates
existing conference room hardware
with a complete managed video
help desk. End users contact Sight126
support staff via an instant video messaging
session; if the video help desk
staff is unable to solve a problem
remotely, Sight126 can dispatch on-site
or outsourced AV or IT personnel
to deal with the issue.
EARLIER THIS SUMMER, Student Ambassadors from around
the globe met with Sun executives at the company’s
Executive Briefing Center.
FOR OPEN SOURCE. Sun
engaged more than 180 students
from campuses around the world
for its Campus Ambassador Program.
The students facilitate adoption
of open source on campus,
foster community and innovation,
and learn to work in open environments.
Read more here.
SKYPE INCLUDED. Toshiba’s Digital
is offering Skype IP
communication software on several of its
notebook computer lines, including select
configurations of the new Satellite A215
series, featuring built-in 1.3 megapixel
webcams and microphones.
CLASSROOM COLLABORATION. Interactive software provider Tidebreak has introduced
ClassSpot, a classroom collaboration
solution that turns presentation and display
systems into interactive workspaces,
enabling students to share information
and control it from anywhere in the
room. According to CEO Andrew Milne,
the development of ClassSpot drew on
feedback from advanced customer implementations
of Tidebreak’s TeamSpot
(collaboration software designed for
informal learning spaces), such as San
Jose State University’s Incubator Classroom.
(SJSU is one of this year’s Campus
FOCUSING ON DIGITAL
DISPLAY. Panasonic has created a new business unit, the
Panasonic Professional Display Company,
focused exclusively on the professional
digital display business. Andrew Nelkin
will lead the new enterprise as president.
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AMX ACQUIRES DIGITAL
SIGNAGE CO. AMX has acquired Inspiration Matters, a manufacturer
of digital signage solutions that
allow customers to schedule and deliver
multimedia content to display screens
across a network of sites locally, nationally,
EBAY EXPANDS WEB 2.0
FUNCTIONALITY. eBay has acquired StumbleUpon, a social bookmarking style
website that enables users to discover
and share content online, based
on personal interests and community
recommendations. By allowing its community
to rate the content, the site
develops collaborative opinions on website
quality, and uses those recommendations
to provide an increasing level of
content relevance over time, for each
user (users are directed to sites that
like-minded community members have
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