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LinuxFest Northwest 2004 is planned for April 17, according the Bellingham Linux Users Group. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bellingham Technical College.It is organized by a consortium of LUGs (Linux User Groups) led by BLUG of Bellingham and includes groups from Seattle, Tacoma, Kitsap Peninsula, Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. Admission is free. Highlighted speakers include: Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of the PHP scripting language; Tim Witham, Lab Directory for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL); Charles Ditzel, Partner Area Technologist for Sun Microsystems; Chuck Gray, IBM’s Senior Linux Strategist, Linux IT architecture for the Western Region; Tim Witteveen, Research Scientist at Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNW National Laboratory; Jackson Harper, Ximian Mono Project; and Aaron Seigo, KDE team: What’s New in KDE 3.2.

Loudeye buys Overpeer for $4M

Seattle-based digital media and webcasting services company Loudeye Corp. has bought Overpeer Inc. of New York in a stock deal worth about $4 million. Overpeer technology and digital data mining is used in anti-piracy efforts by media companies. Overpeer clients include record companies, film studios, television networks, game publishers, and software companies and its data management system monitors file-sharing worldwide to prevent unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted material.

Routt new NS8 Corp. president

Seattle-based NS8 Corp., which specializes in digital media and non-resident software technology development, said network and security architect Thomas J. Routt, PhD, has joined the company as president, co-chief architect and director. Routt’s areas of expertise include information security, broadband and wireless architecture/design, network relational database, optical networking, and quantum computing.

Edmonds makes software donation

M2 Information Systems, Inc., an Edmonds-based company that makes clinical information systems used throughout hospitals, donated software valued at $150,000 this month to Edmonds Community College’s newest allied health education program. M2’s software is used at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds as well as at hospitals throughout the United States.

India Exchange picks Birdstep

Seattle-based database manager maker Birdstep Technology said the National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange Limited will be using Birdstep’s products. Birdstep’s RDM Embedded is a database ideal for embedding into applications. NCDEX chose RDM Embedded to provide real-time database services for their trading application used by their members.

Lexidia uses open standards to sell cars

Olalla-based open-standards technology provider Lexidia recently released its first product,, a Web service automotive searching and listing engine using open-standards technologies. The company said that unlike other classified listing engines, which don’t share their data, serves as the central housing for all of the data, and therefore shares the data with other Web sites.

InfoSpace to sell Authorize.Net

Bellevue-based InfoSpace Inc. said it will sell its payment-solutions division to Lightbridge Inc. for $82 million. The division markets Authorize.Net, an online payment-processing system. Based near Boston, Lightbridge helps mobile telephone companies assess their customers’ credit. Authorize.Net had $27.8 million in revenue in 2003 and operated at a profit. The company’s products are used on 91,000 merchant Web sites, which use Authorize.Net systems to authorize online credit-card transactions and debit funds from customers’ bank accounts.

Emurasoft releases EmEditor

Redmond-based Emurasoft Inc. said it released EmEditor Professional v4 and Standard v4, the latest versions of the company’s text editing tool for Web and software development. The EmEditor series features an extensive toolset and more than 30 types of plug-ins that make it easy to edit a variety of programming languages.

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