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CA buys Colo. software maker

Islandia-based CA Inc., Long Island's largest public company by stock market value, said Monday that it had acquired Paragon Global Technology, a small privately held software maker. Paragon, or PGTI, produces business software to help companies improve automation. It has four employees and is based in Westminster, Colo. CA did not disclose the terms of the acquisition. PGTI's technology "seamlessly integrates with CA Workload Automation AE to help our customers improve service levels as they visualize, monitor, analyze and predict the performance of critical workloads," said Dayton Semerjian, general manager of CA's mainframe division. CA, which sells mainframe, security, storage and other software to large corporations, has about 1,525 employees on Long Island and close to 14,000 employees worldwide. -- Joe Ryan

LIFT event vendors sought

The Long Island Forum for Technology is looking for local manufacturers to open their facilities to the public as part of a nationwide event for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5. The event is designed to educate people about manufacturing and allow manufacturers to connect with local businesses. LIFT is offering aid in promoting open houses for local manufacturers that sign up for the event. Those interested may register at To notify LIFT, contact Julie Allegretti at -- Lisa Du


GoDaddy outage dims websites

Thousands, possibly millions, of websites hosted by were down Monday, causing trouble for the mainly small businesses that rely on the service. A Twitter feed that claims to be affiliated with the "Anonymous" hacker group says it was behind the outage, but that couldn't be confirmed. Another Twitter account, known to be associated with Anonymous, suggested the first one was just taking advantage of an outage it had nothing to do with. GoDaddy spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll said the company was still investigating the cause of the outage and working to restore service. hosts more than 5 million websites, mostly for small businesses.

Kodak continues to cut jobs

Kodak is reshuffling some executives and continuing to cut jobs as the pioneering photography company tries to emerge from bankruptcy protection. Eastman Kodak Co. said it cut approximately 2,700 employees worldwide since the beginning of the year, and plans to eliminate roughly 1,000 more by 2012's end. Annual savings from these cuts should reach about $330 million, the company said yesterday in a regulatory filing. Kodak's workforce peaked in 1988 at nearly 150,000 employees. But the company couldn't keep up with the shift from digital photo technology over the past decade and with competition from Japanese companies such as Canon. Rochester, N.Y.-based Kodak, founded in 1880, expects to exit bankruptcy some time in 2013. The company said earlier this year that it would stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames as it tries to reshape its business.

Oreo to debut Halloween cookie

Here's a scary snack for trick-or-treaters: Candy Corn Oreos. Kraft Foods Inc. says it's introducing its famous wafer cookie in a candy corn flavor ahead of the Halloween season. The cookies will be available exclusively at Target Corp. stores and retail for $3.59 for a package. Oreo is one of Kraft's biggest global snack brands. The Northfield, Ill., company adapts the black-and-white cookie for different markets -- such as fruity flavors in China -- and produces limited-edition versions. This year, for example, it sold Birthday Cake Oreos to celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary. -- AP

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