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NEC is new Valence customer

Austin-based Valence Technology Inc., a provider of Lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology, signed NEC Solutions America, Inc., a leading provider of business solutions and services for commercial and professional markets in North America, as a customer for the N-Charge Power System.

The N-Charge system will be marketed with NEC’s Versa LitePad Tablet PC.

Hexillion releases RegistryFusion

Plano-based Hexillion Technologies released RegistryFusion 1.0, a set of Windows tools that provide a consistent, programmable interface to the Whois system. The software automatically finds the correct Whois server for a query and parses the output, saving development time and enabling new Whois applications such as automatic domain registration tracking, security log analysis, and fraud detection.

The Whois protocol is used to obtain contact information for domain names, IP addresses, and other network resources. Software applications have trouble accessing this information, however, because there are hundreds of scattered Whois servers, each returning a different output format that was not intended for machine consumption. To make matters worse, Whois servers tend to change locations and formats from time to time.

Travelocity owner to cut 500 jobs

Southlake-based Sabre Holdings Corp. said it plans to let go of more than 500 workers as it aims to cut costs. The reductions are expected to save the company about $80 million next years. Roughly 3,500 of Sabre’s 6,500 employees are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A bulk of the layoffs are expected to come from the Sabre Travel Network unit. Sabre, which owns the Travelocity Web site and operates the world’s largest electronic travel reservation system, has been under pressure to trim costs.

In a recent cost-cutting move, the company will shutter the headquarters of its Travelocity unit in Fort Worth, as well as the Irving office of another Sabre unit, GetThere, and ship hundreds of employees to Sabre’s corporate campus in Southlake and Westlake. In another cost-cutting effort, the company will dissolve GetThere, its corporate travel technology unit, and fold the products into its three other units. Sabre said then that the measure could lead to job cuts at the GetThere unit, which employs 350 in Menlo Park, Calif. GetThere sells software used in corporate travel systems.

Richards new Infinity Project director

Tammy Richards, a former Texas Instruments marketing executive, was been named executive director of SMU’s Infinity Project. The Infinity Project was created in 2000 by the SMU School of Engineering and Texas Instruments to help school districts incorporate state-of-the art engineering and advanced technology into the high school classroom.

Eagle Broadband picked by California town

League City-based Eagle Broadband Inc., a provider of broadband and communications products, services and content, said the city Truckee, Calif., approved Eagle Broadband as its service provider. The plan calls for the 12,000 homes and businesses in the service area to be connected to Eagle’s FTTU (fiber to the user) network.

EDS names executives

Plano-based technology outsourcer Electronic Data Systems Corp. named Scot McDonald vice president and controller, and Michael Boustridge division vice president for global sales.

McDonald, the company’s chief accounting officer since 2001, will assume the additional responsibilities of controller. He most recently was EDS’s director of GAAP consulting and reporting and replaces Mike Milton, who is now vice president and chief financial officer for EDS’s service delivery group. Boustridge will lead the company’s sales efforts as division vice president for global sales.

Computer Automation names executives

Plano-based telecommunication systems integrator Computer Automation Systems Inc. announced management changes. Mike Cherry, who previously held the titles of president and chief executive, was appointed interim chief financial officer by the board of directors. The board named Joe E. Grace president and L. Edward Parker CEO.

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