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NightFire bought by Washington D.C. firm

Oakland-based NightFire Software Inc. was acquired by NeuStar Inc., a Washington D.C. firm that provides communications clearinghouse services, for an undisclosed sum. NeuStar said it has absorbed NightFire’s sales and customer support staff and has designated NightFire’s Oakland facilities as its new operations support systems development center. As part of the deal, NightFire founder Venkates “Swami” Swaminathan was named senior vice president and chief strategist for NeuStar’s Service Management Solutions unit. NightFire, which provides system management software to telecommunications providers, has received $51.8 million in venture capital since its inception.

BearingPoint wins Minnesota contract

McLean, Va.-based IT consulting firm BearingPoint, whose current work includes consulting on government reforms in Afghanistan and Iraq, has found some new domestic work: The company will help the state of Minnesota overhaul its unemployment system. The two-year contract is worth $16 million. Under the contract with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, BearingPoint will redesign the technology side of the state’s unemployment benefits system. The work includes creating self-service channels and cutting delays from manual processing.

Apple opens another Virginia outlet

Apple Computer, which opened its first-ever retail store in McLean two years ago, is returning to Virginia for its latest retail outlet. This one opened in Richmond at the Short Pump Town Center. Apple opened its Tysons Corner store in May of 2001. It also now has a second Washington-area store at the Market Common in Clarendon.

Preservation program calls for partners

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) is seeking applications for projects that will advance the nationwide program to collect and preserve digital materials.

The Library of Congress is leading this cooperative effort at the request of the U.S. Congress, which passed legislation in 2000 asking the Library to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure that materials produced in digital formats today are available to future generations.

Battelle to team with Naval Institute

Annapolis, MD.-based Battelle is teaming with the U.S. Naval Institute to foster writing on technology and innovation issues in Proceedings magazine. It will do this by underwriting additional pages to the magazine and recognizing the author of the best technology and innovation article published during the year with the Battelle Prize for Writing on Technology & Innovation. Proceedings is the monthly flagship publication of the Naval Institute, a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the understanding and advancement of sea power and other issues critical to national security.

Citrix moves federal arm to Bethesda

RA Florida tech company has moved its federal sales division from Columbia to Bethesda to be closer to its customers and partners. Citrix Systems, which counts several federal defense and civilian agencies as customers, plans to double its local sales force to about 30 within the year. Citrix, which was placed on the General Services Administration list of approved vendors in March, partners with Herndon-based GTSI, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, Bowie-based Plan B Technologies and others. The company designs software and systems used by large companies and agencies to allow multiple users to access software applications from multiple locations.

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