EDS Shuffle

One of the local technology sector's most visible figures is leaving town.

George Newstrom, chief of Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s Herndon-based government industry group, will be taking a new job at the computer services giant's home office in Plano, Tex. Newstrom, 52, will head the newly formed global government group starting Oct. 1.

In his new position, the 25-year EDS veteran will oversee and cultivate technology contracts with foreign government entities. Another EDS veteran, Bill Dvoranuhik, will take over Newstrom's position in Herndon, though Newstrom will retain an office here.

"It'll be real hard for me to leave," said Newstrom. "I've been involved in many things locally." Among other roles, Newstrom spearheaded last year's World Congress on Information Technology at George Mason University in Fairfax.

The shift is part of a long-awaited EDS reorganization, details of which will be announced later this week.

High-Speed Hotels

Marriott International Inc. has signed up a Salt Lake City networking firm to provide high-speed Internet access in its hotel guest rooms, meeting rooms and business centers.

The Internet links, provided by STSN (Suite Technology Systems Network), use existing hotel telephone circuits at 50 times the speed of conventional modems, Marriott said. Guests will be charged $9.95 per day for the service.

Other major hotel chains are installing Web connections too, but Marriott hopes people will prefer the STSN version, which permits guests to make telephone calls at the same time their laptops are connected to the Web. The company expects to have 100 hotels hooked up by year's end, and more than 500 by the end of 2000.