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Tech Digest: Futurists on learning; Sonic Foundry; Accu Tech; Fiserv

Madison, Wis. — Judy Brown, director of the Madison-based lab that studies learning technologies with the University of Wisconsin and the Department of Defense, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening at the World Futurist Society meeting. The futurists meet at the Fluno Center in Madison. Based on her experience at the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab, Brown will speak about e-learning.
Brookfield, Wis. — Fiserv has signed a 12-year agreement to provide check processing and image archive services for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corp for a projected $460 million. The services will include proof-of-deposit, image archival and error handling. Fiserv handles 3.7 billion checks annually for more than 1,600 clients in the United States and Canada.

Madison, Wis.Sonic Foundry, which makes online media products, reported a net loss of $1.4 million for the last quarter on revenues of $1.6 million, up dramatically from the $900,000 revenue it reported a year before. The increase came mostly from sales of Mediasite, a video and webcasting system, to educational clients as well as the private sector.

Eau Claire, Wis. — Accu Tech Plastics will receive $150,000 in state tax credits as part of a program meant to boost high-technology businesses, the governor announced last Friday. The Technology Zone program makes $5 million in tax credits available to high-tech businesses in each of eight regions of the state. Accu Tech plans to construct a $2.4 million facility in Eau Claire and hire nine people.

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