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DDK Group gets $18.9 million defense contract

Bowie-based DDK Technology Group, Inc., a database and network security provider, said the Department of the Navy awarded DDK a five-year contract worth more than $18.9 million. DDK will provide Knowledge Management and Technology Management subject matter expertise in support of an operations and maintenance modernization plan. Specifically, DDK will provide business process reengineering, database engineering, application and administration, as well as Web design and computer and network forensics expertise. DDK will enhance the Department of the Navy’s ability to effectively respond to and counter computer-based threats to Navy assets and information by automating procedures and tools.

MRIS readies Rimfire real estate system

Rockville, Md-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), signed a deal with Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Internet Pictures Corp. for a new system called Rimfire. It will let real estate agents upload up to 20 images along with their listing, and let them resize, enhance or modify them on a template before electronically filing them with MRIS. About 40,000 agents, brokers and appraisers in Maryland, the District, and parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania use the MRIS system.

B-Line Express updates charting software

Columbia-based B-Line Express released its newest Charting Components software, Charting Components 2.5. This expanded version of B-Line’s state-of-the-art charting components for Flash developers includes Flash MX 2004 compatibility, as well as several new features.Version 2.5 enables Developers to easily add sophisticated interactive charting and graphic solutions to their Macromedia Flash front end.

AOL reaches half-billion blocked-spam mark

Dulles, Va.-based America Online said it blocked more than half a billion viruses from reaching its members since it launched automatic e-mail attachment screening this spring. The virus screening, which debuted in mid-April 2003, is offered through an alliance with Network Associates and uses the McAfee VirusScan service. Since the service was launched, AOL has protected each of its members from an average of 15 different virus attacks, or an attack every two weeks.

Tech entrepreneur honored

Chesapeake, Va.-based Geeks On Call franchise owner Ernest Stallcop recently received an award for being a “model micro entrepreneur” in Hampton Roads. The award was given by the Center for Community Development’s Cottage Industry Advisory Board at the annual meeting of the Center for Community Development, and featured a who’s who of successful entrepreneurs and business owners from throughout Hampton Roads.

XO Communications adds markets

Reston, Va.-based XO Communications, bought out of bankruptcy protection by financier Carl Icahn earlier this year, continues expansion as a private company. XO says it will add 12 additional markets to the 60 cities where it currently sells its Internet, voice and data services. The company says it will complete the expansion by the end of the year. The company sells mostly to small and medium-sized businesses. It is adding sales and service in the following cities: Tucson, Ariz.; Fresno and Stockton, Calif., Colorado Springs; Jacksonville, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee, Fla.; Youngstown, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Richmond, Va.; and Tacoma, Wash.

WebSurveyor launches Academic Grant Program

Herndon, Va.-based WebSurveyor Corporation, a provider of do-it-yourself online survey solutions, announced the launch of the WebSurveyor Academic Grant Program. Available immediately for all U.S. and international educational institutions, the program grants recipients a one-year product license for teaching and research, which includes software, updates, and support.

Grant recipients will receive computer software and support materials applicable for collegiate level instruction and practical use of online surveys.

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