Toys R Us Sued

Attorneys in Seattle have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of customers of Paramus, N.J.-based who didn't receive their orders in time for Christmas. In compensation, the company had offered to give $100 gift certificates to shoppers who spent the holiday without the toys they had ordered. The suit cites breach of guarantee and consumer protection statutes.

Ethernet for Outdoors

Cabletron Systems Inc. in Rochester, N.H., said last week it would offer an outdoor version of its RoamAbout wireless Ethernet system. The company said the system augments its in-building wireless Ethernet scheme and provides point-to-point connection between buildings up to 3.5 miles apart, at speeds of up to 11M bit/sec. Equipment needed to connect two facilities is priced at $3,400.

J.D. Edwards Deal

J.D. Edwards & Co. in Denver announced a deal in which it will invest in Extensity Inc. in Emeryville, Calif. It will resell Extensity's travel and expense-management software. The agreement continues J.D. Edwards' strategy of filling holes in its line-of-business applications by reselling products instead of developing its own.

Support App for Picazo

Picazo Communications Inc. in San Jose last week announced the purchase of Compaq Computer Corp.'s NetACD (automatic call distributor) software. NetACD enables live-agent customer support via the Internet. Picazo said it will market NetACD to e-commerce call centers and companies such as banks that intend to offer online customer service.

Short Takes

Virage Inc. in San Mateo, Calif., has announced that the Web site for The New York Times is using Virage products to add video search capability. ... Music copyright organization BMI in New York has announced the creation of the BMI Digital Licensing Center, a digital music copyright licensing system for Internet sites.

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