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ActiveMedia, a McLean online marketing firm, received the Innovation in Marketing Award from the CEO Clubs organization for its performance in providing search engine marketing services around the world. (News release)

Avineon Inc., a provider of IT and program management solutions based in Alexandria, opened an office in Calgary, Alberta. The new office will serve the company’s commercial division, which services clients in state and local government, as well as business. (News release)

Cardinal Financial Corp., a Tysons Corner-based banking company, has completed a public offering of 4 million shares of its common stock at $7.50 a share. The offering resulted in gross proceeds of $31 million. (Business Wire)

Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc., an Arlington-based investment group, sold half of its ownership stake in FBR Capital Markets Corp. back to FBR for approximately $72.5 million. The move reduces its stake in FBR from 56 percent to 39 percent. The action was taken to free up capital to pursue other investment options. (PRNewswire)

mLINQS LLC, a Fairfax IT and management solutions company, and Analytical Services & Materials Inc. of Hampton formed a partnership to compete for Homeland Security contracts with AS&M taking the role of prime vendor. The two companies partnered in 2008 to compete for Navy contracts. (News release)

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., a Chantilly-based real estate company, introduced a new sales and marketing technology which will allow home buyers to access information on any property from the company, or its competitors, by telephone. The system will also provide reports to sellers and real estate professionals about interest in specific properties. (News release)

Rosetta Stone Inc., an Arlington-based provider of language instruction solutions, released English and Spanish instruction for levels 4 and 5, as well as Filipino, Latin, Turkish and Vietnamese in Levels 1, 2 and 3 in its Rosetta Stone Version 3 product. (Business Wire)

TNS Inc., a Reston-based provider of data communication services, bought the Communications Services Group from VeriSign Inc. for $226 million in a cash deal. The move enhances the ability of TNS to provide database services to the telecommunications industry, as well as the opportunity to enter the roaming and clearing services markets for the wireless sector. (Business Wire)

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