NationsBank Corp. has told computer specialists at Barnett Banks Inc. that they will keep their jobs once the institutions merge.

The systems experts are the first Barnett employees to learn their fate from NationsBank, signaling technology's importance in such combinations. More than 1,000 computer engineers, software developers, and systems maintenance workers will retain their jobs. Nearly all the employees, who work in Barnett's technologies division, will remain in Jacksonville, Fla.

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