Film at 11 (or whenever you’re ready): Fairfax County Economic Development Authority E-Bird

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E-Bird News Brief

Now hear this: Tomorrow morning, the FCEDA and partners will present “Business Diversity: Driving Economic Growth and Entrepreneurism” to present new U.S. Census Bureau data on the growth of minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses around the nation, region and Fairfax County. Click here for details and to register.

Hot off the presses: Verizon Communications signed an agreement to purchase the fiber-optic network business of Herndon-based broadband provider XO Communications for about $1.8 billion (yep, with a b). Verizon also will lease available XO wireless spectrum with an option to buy the spectrum by the end of 2018. Carol Wilson of LightReading sheds some light on the subject.

Welcome to the neighborhood: Colorado-based logistics and facilities maintenance contractor Vectruswants to build out its government IT business and plans to open an office in the same Reston building that houses NCI. James Bach built out this story for the Washington Business Journal.

Going Global: Eight business leaders (including Steven L. Davis, chairman of the FCEDA board) formedEFT Global Consulting, a professional services firm that provides consulting and advice to clients in the energy, financial services and information technology sectors. Our advice is to read this release picked up byReuters.

Track stars: Tysons Corner-based PFP Cybersecurity developed technology to detect hacking activity by tracking tiny changes in power usage and radio waves emitted by hardware. The idea comes from an electronic spying technique used by intelligence agencies for decades. You’ll spy this story by Aaron Gregg of the Washington Post.

Assured thing: Assured Enterprises, a cybersecurity company that is based in Austin but has ops in Tysons Corner, bought IT and intelligence community consulting firm Nova Defense & Aerospace International, which is based in Alexandria. We’re sure you’ll want to read this story by Jane Edwards for GovConWire.

Film at 11 (or whenever you’re ready): TV Worldwide, which is based in Chantilly and pioneered Internet-based TV programming, teamed with cybersecurity firm SolPass to create the Cybersecurity TV channel for live and on-demand cybersecurity-related video programming. You can channel this release picked up byYahoo Finance.