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Verizon, THR, Belo Interactive, Cashworks, Titan Ventures, Telluride, and Net Integration.

Verizon starts literacy initiative

Verizon SuperPages, a literacy initiative organized by Dallas-based Verizon Information Services, has donated a $30,000 grant to support the Baltimore Reads Book Bank program. The grant will help provide new and gently used books to the Baltimore, Md., community.

“Statistics show that 43 percent of people with the lowest literacy skills are aggregated in disadvantaged areas,” said Fran Lee, vice president of sales for Verizon Information Services, in a recent press statement. “Our four-year commitment to this program has enabled Baltimore Reads to distribute more than a quarter million books to families in Baltimore.”

Verizon SuperPages sponsors community outreach programs across the nation designed to increase the literacy rate of children and adults and to help people of all ages become computer literate. -CU Staff

THR launches new Web site

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources launched a newly designed Web site. The site features personal health information tools and a comprehensive health library in both English and Spanish.

The Personal Health Record is a health log that allows consumers to document personal health events and track their health from year to year. The Health Risk Assessment contains more than 200 data elements designed to measure health risks. -CU Staff

Belo reaches page-view record

Dallas-based Belo Interactive, the Internet subsidiary of Belo Corp., announced that its BI network of 34 Web sites achieved a record-breaking 94 million page views in January 2002. In addition, King5.com was also cited as the No. 1 local television-affiliated Web site in the country for attracting the largest unique audience in December 2001.

Belo Interactive’s DallasNews.com, the Web site affiliated with the Dallas Morning News, and projo.com, the Web site affiliated with The Providence Journal, also remained the most-visited local news and information Web sites in their respective markets during the fourth quarter of 2001, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. -CU Staff

CashWorks debuts PayPort service

CashWorks, a Dallas-based provider of technology solutions for the non-bank financial services industry, has launched its PayPort check-cashing solution. Initial pilot locations were chosen in two Town & Country convenience stores in San Angelo.

CashWorks’ PayPort is the first check-cashing solution to employ a clerk-assisted point-of-service terminal as a transaction authorization device linked to a conventional ATM for the disbursement of funds. The company has patents pending on both the apparatus and the transaction processing methods.

Checks cashed with PayPort are approved in less than one minute and no cards are required, so customers can begin using CashWorks as soon as they are enrolled. CashWorks also guarantees all checks, so retailers are protected from fraud risk. -CU Staff

Titan Ventures buys Kesar Inc.

Titan Ventures, a Dallas-based venture company, acquired a majority interest in Dallas-based Kesar Inc., a privately held company developing smart-agent software technology. Kesar will become part of Telluride Technologies, Titan’s newly formed subsidiary.

Telluride will integrate Kesar’s technologies into its business applications for the extended Internet, or X-Net.

According to Titan co-founder and president Claudio Osorio, the deal is the second in a series of planned industry relationships and software intellectual-property acquisitions that will be made by Titan. It follows on the heels of an agreement with InterWorld Corp., under which Telluride became the exclusive channel partner for InterWorld’s enterprise commerce software. -CU Staff

Net Integration lauded

W.J. Sanders III, chairman and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, has nominated Net Integration and its line of Integrated Office servers for the ComputerWorld Honors program. Net Integration Technologies received the designation of ComputerWorld Honors Laureate and is being considered for the program’s 21st-century achievement award in the Business & Related services category. -CU Staff

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