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Week of May 14, 1998
Issue 19, Volume III
I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. Join The Stars Live On The Web
--2. Coffee & DoughNets And Fries & Gravy
--3. Newly Assembled At The FAQtory
II> REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
--1. Concept Five Introduces Banking Solution
--2. ORAMA Announces Beta 1.0 Of iBookmarks Application
--3. Xybernaut Voice Activates The Web
--4. Computer Strategies Announces WebTime Hosting
III> PARTNERSHIPS
--1. PRoffice Integrates eWatch Net Monitoring
--2. CAIS To Be Bundled With OnePoint Services
--3. UOL Publishing In Deal With NetQuest
--4. Blackboard And ITP Announce Partnership
--5. COMTEX Brings Investing News To Motley Fool
IV> CONSTRUCTION CREWS
-- Who's Bringing Whom To The Web?
V> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. ORBIMAGE Acquires TRIFID Corporation
--2. Morph Technologies To Present At Early Stage East
--3. Memex Acquires Applied Micro Technology
VI> REGIONAL NEWS
--1. New Cross-Regional Internship Program
--2. New K-12 Technology Publication

>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<< I> News About The Program
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1. JOIN THE STARS LIVE ON THE WEB
We figured there would be a lot of interest in the Evening With The
Stars Of E-commerce, but didn't know the half of it. The event is
already full and we've had to cut off new registrations.

Enter our hero, stage left, in the form of technology. Since interest has
been so tremendous, we're going to do a live webcast of the event so that
everyone-- inside the region and out-- can attend virtually. We're still
working out some of the technical details with our pals at TVontheWeb who
are producing the webcast, but we can tell you now that if you visit:

http://netpreneur.org/events/ecommerce/webcast.html

at 7:00pm on June 3, you'll be able to spend an Evening With The Stars of
E-commerce from the comfort of your own home or office. You'll need the
RealNetworks' Real Player software, which you can download free from the
RealNetworks site at:

http://www.real.com/products/player/index.html

An Evening With The Stars features John Backus, President & CEO of
InteliData Technologies Corp.; Bill Gorog, Chairman of the Board of
InteliData and developer of Lexis-Nexis; Jack McDonnell, President & CEO of
Transaction Network Services, Inc.; Bill Melton, CEO of CyberCash, Inc.;
Mark Walsh, President & CEO of VerticalNet, Inc. and moderator Gary Arlen,
President of Arlen Communications Inc.

Surf on over.
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2. COFFEE & DOUGHNETS AND FRIES & GRAVY
Is Charm City ready for Coffee & DoughNets? We think so, and that's why the
June C&D will be held in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University. It will be
another evening event, so there will be plenty of time for adventurous DC
and Virginia netpreneurs to get there in time-- you make it for the O's
games, don'tcha?

Coffee & DoughNets Goes Late Night 2 will be June 11 at The Johns Hopkins
University Glass Pavilion (Office of Student Activities) at 34th and
Charles Streets in Baltimore. Registration and reception begin at 6:00pm
and the program starts at 7:00pm, featuring Mario Morino speaking about
what possesses individuals to strike out boldly in new directions to become
netpreneurs, how the phenomenon is growing in our region and ways in which
the Netpreneur Program is making a difference.

To register for the June C&D in Baltimore visit: http://netpreneur.org/doughnets

We'll all meet after at the Diner after, hon.

BTW, the May 21 C&D in Vienna, VA is already full.
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3. NEWLY ASSEMBLED AT THE FAQtory
Look for the beginnings of a new FAQ on legal agreements with employees
(e.g. training reimbursement, non-competes, non-disclosures) in the Human
Resources area. We're especially interested in filling out this one, so
please add any comments, suggestions, stories or new topics. In the
Marketing area, there's a new FAQ on the length of Press Releases. The
usual FAQtory caveat applies: these are not necessarily complete
explications. They reflect recent discussion among our netpreneur community
and are added to regularly. Please contribute your comments.

FAQtory: http://netpreneur.org/faqtory

>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<< II> Regional Netpreneurs
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1. CONCEPT FIVE INTRODUCES BANKING SOLUTION
(McLean, VA) Concept Five Technologies, Inc. introduced Safe2Net, a suite
of services enabling banks to rapidly develop and deploy secure,
transaction-based, Net-delivered financial applications. The packaged set
of services combines strategic and technology consulting, technology
integration and marketing and development services. The company has
implemented Web applications in many large financial organizations inclu
ding BankBoston, Swedbank and Honor.

Safe2Net: http://www.concept5.com/s2n
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2. ORAMA ANNOUNCES BETA 1.0 OF iBOOKMARKS APPLICATION
(Arlington, VA) Internet Presence Provider ORAMA announced Beta version 1.0
of iBookmarks Application, created to accompany the iBookmarks.com Web
site. The application eliminates the need for multiple bookmarks files when
using two or more browsers or computers. The iBookmarks.com site securely
stores a global bookmarks file and lets the user access them through the
iBookmarks Application or the Web-based interface. The product also
features an "Add Floater Window" which stays on top of all other
applications, allowing users to add bookmarks while viewing Web sites
without having to switch applications. Additionally, Orama announced that
Mecklermedia Corp., through its InternetNews.com site, will provide the
users of iBookmarks.com with daily Internet, business, finance and
international news.

ORAMA: http://www.orama.com
iBookmarks: http://www.ibookmarks.com
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3. XYBERNAUT VOICE ACTIVATES THE WEB
(Fairfax, VA) Xybernaut Corp. introduced webAssist, a software product that
allows users to navigate content on the Web by voice. webAssist is speaker
independent and users do not have to train the speech engine to recognize
their voices. It allows users to navigate through content, create and
customize bookmarks for favorite sites and execute common activities such
as printing and saving. webAssist is the first commercial product to use
advanced voice recognition technology licensed from Texas Instruments which
allows the creation of word pronunciations "on-the-fly" for Internet
hyperlinks. Other features include voice-addressable pop-ups, recognition
for common variations in the way numbers are spoken, verbal spelling
options for acronyms and upper case words, and the ability to program
speech recognition into Java applets.

Xybernaut: http://www.xybernaut.com
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4. COMPUTER STRATEGIES ANNOUNCES WEBTIME HOSTING
(Fairfax, VA) Computer Strategies will begin hosting services for its
WebTime electronic time sheet product, allowing smaller companies of less
than 40 employees to take advantage of the product for a monthly usage fee
and without the need to set up Web and database servers to host the
application. WebTime is a Web-based time reporting product that allows time
entry, approvals, project monitoring, billing and reporting through a Web
browser.

Computer Strategies: http://www.unanet.com

>>>>>>><<<<<< III> Partnerships
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1. PRoffice INTEGRATES eWatch NET MONITORING
(Washington, DC) Capitol Hill Software has teamed with eWatch, the White
Plains, NY-based Internet monitoring service, to integrate eWatch clippings
directly into Capitol Hill's PRoffice product. PRoffice is public relations
software for clipping, media analysis, press inquiry and list management.
The agreement allows PRoffice clients to receive their eWatch reports
directly through PRoffice for easier management of this information. eWatch
was launched to help companies participate in public relations online and
provide an early warning when false or misleading information appears in
cyberspace. eWatch monitors more than 50,000 public electronic bulletin
boards in Usenet groups, ListServs, America Online, Prodigy, CompuServe and
Microsoft Network. eWatch will be integrated in a release of PRoffice
scheduled for June.

Capitol Hill Software: http://www.chscorp.com
eWatch: http://www.ewatch.com
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2. CAIS TO BE BUNDLED WITH ONEPOINT SERVICES
(McLean, VA) CAIS Internet and Chicago, IL-based OnePoint Communications, a
provider of bundled communications services to apartment residents,
announced an agreement to provide high-speed Internet service at selected
OnePoint properties using CAIS' OverVoice technology. OverVoice adapts the
Ethernet standard to permit existing telephone wiring to simultaneously
carry voice traffic and data at speeds up to 300 times faster than typical
dial-up service. The companies will roll out service for a nationwide
commercial field trial at 10 apartment buildings where OnePoint is
currently providing bundled communications services, including local and
long distance telephone and cable TV. The first buildings should be up and
running in June, and, if the trial goes as expected, OverVoice access will
be ready to roll out by the end of the year as part of OnePoint's bundled
services. In addition, CAIS will be the ISP for OnePoint's services.

CAIS Internet: http://www.cais.com
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3. UOL PUBLISHING IN DEAL WITH NETQUEST
(McLean, VA) UOL Publishing, Inc. has signed a development and distribution
agreement with NetQuest Publishing, Inc. of Reston, VA, to provide a series
of Web-based courses on Internet topics for business users and programmers.
UOL will convert approximately 30 NetQuest courses into a Web-based format,
expected to launch during spring of this year. They will be marketed to
both NetQuest's and UOL's corporate customers. NetQuest currently markets
its printed training manuals through training centers, Fortune 1000
corporations, government agencies, non-profits and schools. The courses
will be available through UOL's online learning environment, the VCampus.

UOL Publishing: http://www.uol.com
NetQuest: http://www.nqp.com
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4. BLACKBOARD AND ITP ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
(Washington, DC) Blackboard Inc. announced a partnership with Belmont,
CA-based International Thomson Publishing (ITP) to begin implementing an
emerging set of industry standards for creating cross-platform,
interoperable education content. The partnership will be aimed at providing
higher education institutions and instructors with a range of choices in
content offerings for distributed learning platforms. Since June of 1996,
ITP and Blackboard have been participants in the IMS standards project,
sponsored by Educom, a nonprofit consortium of over 600 higher education
institutions. ITP is among the world's largest educational publishers of
elementary to post-graduate level products in a variety of academic and
career disciplines. Blackboard is a provider of technologies the help make
the Internet more useful for teaching and learning.

Blackboard: http://www.blackboard.net
ITP: http://www.thomson.com
IMS Standards Project: http://www.imsproject.org
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5. COMTEX BRINGS INVESTING NEWS TO MOTLEY FOOL
(Alexandria, VA) COMTEX Scientific Corp. has a new agreement to provide The
Motley Fool with newsfeeds from PR Newswire, UPI, Business Wire and the
COMTEX-originated Investor Alert. Investors can search through hundreds of
stories a day, regardless of source, using a ticker symbol, to uncover only
the news mentioning the companies they track. In addition, The Motley Fool
will post COMTEX's proprietary Investor Alert wire, a custom service
designed for individual investors. Investor Alert monitors the stocks that
meet specific market criteria.

COMTEX: http://www.comtexnews.com
The Motley Fool: http://www.fool.com

>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<< IV> Construction Crews
WHO'S BRINGING WHOM TO THE WEB?

NMP, Inc. ( http://www.nmpinc.com ) of Falls Church, VA, has created new
sites for the U.S. Committee for Refugees ( http://www.refugees.org ) and
Heifer Project International ( http://www.heifer.org ). The sites raise
awareness about the needs of the world's poorest, most persecuted and
under-represented people.

>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<< V> Funding & Finance News
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1. ORBIMAGE ACQUIRES TRIFID CORPORATION
(Dulles, VA) In a move designed to enhance its image processing, digital
archiving and Internet-based product distribution capabilities, Orbital
Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE) has acquired St. Louis, MO-based TRIFID
Corp., a satellite and aircraft image processing company whose products and
services include engineering analysis for imaging satellites, image
processing software and high-quality digital imagery products. TRIFID's
image processing hardware and software infrastructure will form the nucleus
of ORBIMAGE's OrbNet online digital image archiving and distribution
system. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Orbital Imaging Corporation: http://www.orbimage.com
TRIFID: http://www.trifid.com
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2. MORPH TECHNOLOGIES TO PRESENT AT EARLY STAGE EAST
(Vienna, VA) Morph Technologies, Inc. has been chosen to present at the
Early Stage East venture conference on June 9 in Wilmington, DE. Early
Stage East is a top high-tech venture conference on the Eastern seaboard.
Companies that have presented at its prior eight venture fairs have
received investment financing from venture capital funds, private investors
and corporate partnerships, including previous success stories like Raptor
Systems, Inc. and AstroPower, Inc. Morph's products include DynaMorph, a
server-side scripting language; Socrates, a Web site test tool; and
consulting services on site development issues.

Morph Technologies: http://www.morphtec.com
Early Stage East: http://www.earlystageeast.org
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3. MEMEX ACQUIRES APPLIED MICRO TECHNOLOGY
(Reston, VA) Memex, Ltd. of Scotland and its' U.S. subsidiary, Memex, Inc.,
acquired Applied Micro Technology, a provider of public safety software.
Memex is an international firm that provides investigative and intelligence
agencies with systems that help them do complicated retrieval of information
for crime related investigations. The two companies were introduced by
Advantage Consulting of Annandale, VA.

Applied Micro Technology: http://www.amtnet.com
Memex: http://www.memex.com
Advantage Consulting: http://www.acibiz.com

>>>>>>>><<<<<<< VI> Regional News
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1. NEW CROSS-REGIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
(Washington, DC) More technology internships, faster, is the goal of the
"Tech Intern Program" announced by three leading business groups who make
up the Greater Washington Regional Partnership. "Students and teachers,
alike, need more information about technology career opportunities in this
region," said Michael A. Daniels, Chairman of the Northern Virginia
Technology Council (NVTC), on behalf of fellow partners the Greater
Washington Board of Trade (GWBOT) and High Technology Council of Maryland
(HTCM). The Tech Intern Program will market internship opportunities to
employers who are members of the three groups, to college students and to
teachers, then link them using a database of resumes and internship
opportunities on the Web. Employers who are not members of the business
groups will be able to access the database for a small fee. A GWBOT survey
showed that 33% of its member companies currently employ or plan to hire
around 830 interns in 1998. Similar results were shown in separate NVTC and
HTCM surveys. Initially, the internship program will focus on college
students and teachers and is expandable to secondary school students who
have the requisite tech backgrounds or skills.

Northern Virginia Technology Council: http://www.nvtc.org
High Technology Council of Maryland: http://www.mdhitech.org
Greater Washington Board of Trade: http://www.bot.org
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2. NEW K-12 TECHNOLOGY PUBLICATION
(Bethesda, MD) eSchool News is a new newspaper and Web site created to
provide hard news about school technology, as well as the changing federal
eRate program, which will give schools and libraries $2.25 billion this
year to get connected to the Internet. The publisher says that more than
$32 billion in both public and private funds will come rushing toward
schools over the next four years to help prepare students for the digital
age, but public schools might not be ready for this windfall. "That
information gap is why we launched eSchool News," said Gregg W. Downey,
editor and publisher of the new monthly. "Educators need news and
information they can use to make smart decisions about buying technology."

School News: http://www.eSchoolNews.com.





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