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Intechra Holding to merge with RetroBox

Intechra Holding Corp. agreed to merge with RetroBox L.L.C. The combined company will generate annual revenue of about $40 million and will operate as Intechra, according to a news release.

Carrollton-based Intechra Holding is the parent company of Intechra L.L.C., a leading recycler and remarketer of computers and related information technology assets.

Columbus, Ohio-based RetroBox performs similar services.

The combined company will be based in Dallas and will have processing centers in Dallas, Columbus and Phoenix.

BSA settles with area companies

A software piracy watchdog group said four Dallas-Fort Worth companies have paid more than $313,000 to settle claims they had unlicensed software programs on office computers.

The Business Software Alliance said all four companies were reported via the organization’s online reporting form.

The following companies paid fines:

* Brook Mays Music Group, based in Dallas, paid BSA $85,000 after a self- audit revealed unlicensed Adobe, Apple, Macromedia and Microsoft software programs on its computers.

* Engineering Concepts & Design L.P., a Richardson-based engineering design firm, paid $50,000 to BSA to settle claims it had unlicensed Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft and Symantec software programs on its computers.

* Simtek Inc., a Hurst-based maker of simulated products, paid BSA $95,234 to settle claims it had unlicensed Autodesk, Borland and Microsoft software programs on its computers.

* The Marco Co., a Fort Worth-based maker of display products for the merchandise industry, paid BSA $82,879 to settle claims of unlicensed Adobe, Microsoft and Solidworks programs.

Digital-mapping firm expands to Texas

Digital Map Products Inc. has established three new offices in Texas in order to provide electronic geospatial maps to Realtors, builders, land developers, title companies, utility companies and local government agencies.

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Digital Maps now has offices in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

Founded in 2000, the company is a developer of Web-based mapping software.

Digital Map Products President Jim Skurzynski says the Texas offices augment the company’s recent corporate expansion into Seattle, Phoenix and Florida.

BindView shareholders to vote on Symantec merger

BindView Development Corp. is holding a special shareholders meeting on Dec. 8 to vote on its previously announced merger with Symantec Corp.

The meeting will be held aon Dec. 8 at Houston-based BindView’s corporate offices.

Shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 3, 2005, will be mailed the definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed merger and will be entitled to vote at the company’s special shareholder meeting.

Symantec, a Cupertino, Calif.-based software maker, has said it expects to provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution for policy compliance and vulnerability management when the deal closes.

TRTF works on security project

The Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) will work with six other organizations on a new partnership to enhance national security.

Together, the Technology Acceleration for National Security–the new umbrella organization for all seven groups–will work to build up the country’s base of small companies with promising security technologies.

The consortium already represents 106 small businesses across the country. These businesses are working on new technologies ranging from network vulnerability scanning, x-ray scanning of shipping containers, data mining and anthrax treatment.

Other members of the Technology Acceleration for National Security include: The Advanced Technology Development Center in Atlanta; the Chesapeake Innovation Center in Annapolis, Md.; Colorado Springs Technology Incubator in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Harrisonburg Innovation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.; Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System in Anniston, Ala.; and Watervliet Innovation Center in Albany, N.Y.

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