Tech news roundup

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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Brazilian software development group Totvs plans to expand its operations to Colombia in 2007, local newspaper Portafolio reported.

The company also plans to expand the franchising system for its ERP unit Microsiga. Through Microsiga, Totvs expects to invest US$1mn in Argentina in a project designed to offer software to SMEs in the cities of Rosario, Córdoba and Mendoza.

The software will be sold through alliances with local firms.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is taking legal action against companies or individuals that promote piracy with a worldwide initiative that will also cover Argentina and Mexico, the company said in a statement.

Microsoft is taking legal steps against resellers the company accuses of selling pirated software through online auction sites, such as eBay. These vendors claim to sell original Microsoft software.

The accused firms were identified by information sent by users through Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program that enables clients to check if their software is the genuine original.

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US software firm Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) has appointed Troy Richardson as president for the Americas region, including the US, Canada and Latin America, the company said in a statement.

Richardson has over 22 years of experience in the IT industry and joined Novell in 2005 as vice president and general manager for the northeastern US area. Prior to working at Novell, Richardson was Americas vice president of the retail solutions division at NCR Corporation.

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Forty-three percent of Latin American companies forbid the use of Microsoft Messenger (MSN), Colombian newspaper La República reported citing a survey of IT managers in different regional companies.

According to the report, 68% of employees use Messenger as their instant messaging system at work, 36% said they use it for work-related purposes, 19% use it for personal conversations and 14% for both.

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Spanish IT wholesaler Afina has named Jaime Vela as regional manager for its southern Latin American division, the company said in a statement.

The executive was previously working as country manager for the Portugal office. His responsibilities include the development of the new office in Brazil, launched in March 2006, and responsibility over the Argentine and Chilean offices.

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Schools in seven remote villages in Brazil's northern Maranhão state will receive solar powered computers as part of a federal government project, news service Agência Brasil reported.

Federal power company Eletronorte will install the solar panels, while the communications ministry will provide antennas to link up to internet. The education ministry will supply IT center infrastructure.

The project will also be implemented in other northern states such as Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, as well as parts of Mato Grosso and Tocantins by July 2007.

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US software provider CA (NYSE: CA), formerly Computer Associates, has named Kenneth Arredondo as its sales vice president and general manager for Latin America, the company said in a statement.

The executive will focus on developing corporate and strategic accounts.

Arredondo has held top-level positions in companies such as Netegrity, IBM (NYSE: IBM)/Sequent and Unisys (NYSE: UIS) and was regional manager for Latin America, Asia and Africa at software developer CADKey.