January Business Bits

  • Commerce One has taken an equity position in Covisint, an online marketplace founded by the Big Three automakers. The agreement positions Commerce One as Covisint's leading technology provider. In addition, General Motors and Ford will each purchase $631.8 million in Commerce One stock.
  • ComView Corporation, a leading provider of cardiac imaging management systems for hospitals, cath labs and echocardiology facilities, reported that the demand for its free cardiac viewer, the ViewStar-PC, and its eTeleCardiology service has increased significantly over the past 12 months. During the last 18 months, ComView has distributed over 10,000 ViewStar-PC programs to cardiologist and cath lab personnel, in addition to the thousands of downloads from the company's web site.
  • Tut Systems, headquartered in Hacienda, will purchase privately held ActiveTelco Inc. of Fremont. ActiveTelco is a manufacturer of advanced Internet telephony and messaging products.
  • In the spirit of the holidays, ProBusiness's community service organization, ProAction, donated 15 bikes and protective headgear, and additional gifts, as well as $2,500 in cash, to the Adopt an Angel program. Adopt An Angel volunteers work with Alameda County Child Protective Services to provide holiday gifts for children living in protective custody homes.
  • SkillSet Software has completed its acquisition of Minneapolis-based Scarborough Enterprises, Inc. (SEI). The acquisition allows SkillSet to add SEI's entry-level, Web-based hiring management tool to its existing human resource management software. SEI's product allows hiring managers and recruiters to create job openings; post them to the company Intranet, Web site and Internet job boards; collect and manage resume response; capture recruiting correspondence; and facilitate the interview and hiring process using standard Internet access and a Web browser.
  • Through the "Call Home for the Holidays Program," Sprint PCS provided residents of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, a home for critically ill children and their families, with free Sprint PCS wireless phones and local and long distance service. The children and their families used the phones over the holidays through January 2, making it possible to stay in touch with family and friends.

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