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Cisco boosts routers

Cisco Systems last week announced two software applications to help service providers more rapidly deploy the company's optical switching and transport products.

The Cisco GSR Manager and Cisco Transport Manager are element management applications for Cisco's 12000 GSR routers and ONS 15000 optical transport systems, respectively.

The Cisco GSR Manager performs fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security management for the 12000 GSR routers. It reduces network setup time and operational costs.

Cisco Transport Manager enables users to perform operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAMP) management for the Cisco ONS 15000 Series optical products.

Kids online now safe with COPPA

Web sites offering e-mail, chat or contests now all operate under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which went into effect in the US last month.

Although it's geared toward child-oriented Web sites, COPPA covers all commercial Web sites and online services that knowingly collect information from children under age 13. A general-audience Web site must meet COPPA requirements if it asks for users' birth dates or ages and any of its users are less than 13 years old. The law also applies to sites that receive e-mail from users who identify themselves as children and sites where children post their age in e-mails, instant messages, bulletin boards or Web pages.

Orbit Commerce's FedEx SME solution

US-based Orbit Commerce and Federal Express are creating a software platform for small-to- medium sized companies doing business on the Internet that will offer them a range of services, including Web design and hosting.

The electronic-business platform will provide catalogue development, back-office management, financial settlement, customer service and integrated Federal Express (FedEx) shipping and tracking, besides the design and hosting services.

The end of the Reel, the online business of Hollywood Entertainment, will close its e-commerce operations in two weeks because it incurred "large losses and [required] significant cash funding," Hollywood Entertainment said. The site will continue offering content for movie fans, but purchase requests will soon be directed to online retailer