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Family Tech CenterBaltimore County officials and the county’s chapter of the NAACP will announce plans this morning for the first “family technology center” in the nation to be sponsored by the civil rights group. The center, which will include a ...

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Visual Networks Plummets

The value of network software firm Visual Networks tumbled more than 50 percent yesterday, as investors punished the company for its late-Wednesday-night warning of disappointing earnings for the second quarter and beyond.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Blaming integration problems associated with a large acquisition earlier this year, the Rockville-based Visual Networks said it would see only a penny-a-share profit for the second quarter, which ended June 30.

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CoStar Rises to Web

Real estate data giant CoStar Group Inc. has put its reservoir of listings in an online marketplace for buying and selling commercial property, and while some brokers see Internet-based real estate as a crucial supplement to the business, others are skeptical.

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Botched Up Coupon Deals Let ‘Net Shoppers Grab Free Goods

The Fourth of July meant freedom from paying for goods at some online sites, where botched coupon deals let shoppers waltz out with free or nearly free deals.<@SM><@SM><TAB>During the last several weeks, computer glitches and pricing errors hit Buy.com Inc., Staples.com Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.-backed crafts retailer eZiba.com Inc. Watchful Net bargain hunters who trade tips on special message boards soon swooped in to load up on the steeply discounted or free goods. A malfunction at CMGI Inc.’s Web portal AltaVista Co. also falsely gave customers the right to claim freebies.

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