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Online bookseller offers fed special

Fatbrain.com (www.fatbrain.com), an online professional bookstore, is targeting government users by offering to set up custom online bookstores specific to an agency's needs and interests.

The company carries business and technology publications, including those from the Government Printing Office, and it accepts purchase cards, blanket purchase agreements, purchase orders and basic ordering agreements.

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Xenos launches federal operation

Toronto-based Xenos Group opened a Washington, D.C., sales office last month and plans to market its document presentation software to federal agencies. Federal account executive Deryk Weaver will head the office.

Xenos' Documorph software converts data from a print stream into Portable Document Format, Hypertext Markup Language and other formats that can be distributed electronically and printed remotely. One application for the software may be to replace first-class mailings in which agencies have to distribute large numbers of documents that contain unique information.

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Excalibur upgrades KM software

Excalibur Technologies Corp. announced last month the latest version of its RetrievalWare search-and-retrieval software. Version 6.7 offers a plug-in for Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes and compatibility with document management software from Documentum Inc. and FileNet Corp.

Excalibur also has added several knowledge management tools, including ways to categorize documents and an experts directory for listing people in an organization who are knowledgeable about specific topics.

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HDS announces new Skyline models

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. announced that two new models of the company's high-availability, fault-tolerant mainframe computer, the Skyline Trinium, will be available in December.

The company said the two- and three-way versions of the Skyline Trinium will give users an entrance into a product line that will scale to about 3,200 million instructions per second when configured with 16 instruction processors. The 16-way model will be available early next year.

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Stanford to build 3-D volcano model

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to hire Stanford University to create a digital, interactive 3-D model that will help the agency study the volcanic activity on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, which is a 300-mile submarine mountain chain in the Pacific Ocean. The contract is valued at less than $100,000.

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SAIC subsidiary opens security lab

The Banking Industry Technology Secretariat, the technology group for the Financial Services Roundtable, last month officially opened the BITS Financial Services Security Laboratory.

The lab will enable banks and technology vendors to test products for their ability to meet specific security features such as authentication, privacy and integrity in an effort to encourage electronic banking and electronic commerce. The new lab, which is operated by Science Applications International Corp.'s subsidiary Global Integrity Corp., is in Reston, Va.

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