Two new Internet ?push? technologies hit the Web this week in a flurry that may threaten Pointcast?s dominance of the automatic news delivery market.
Californian Backweb Technologies has launched a product that sends news and information along a direct channel to customers' desktops, while Canadian start up Lanacom has delivered a new piece of software which, it claims, can reach out to any site on the Web to bring tailored news to the user.
Unlike centralised, online information services that aggregate content from numerous sources, the Backweb system offers companies easy-to-use tools to create their own Internet channels. Customised content can then be delivered in a variety of presentation formats including interactive animations, screensavers and wallpapers called Backweb Infopaks.
Lanacom?s launch product, Headliners, which works more like Pointcast and other competitors, contains content agents for hundreds of popular Web sites including world and local news, sports, finance, stock quotes and weather. It can be downloaded free from www.headliner.com.
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