> CompuServe has developed a new platform which allows advertisers to reach its 400,000 UK subscribers. Ads can now be run across the top tier of CompuServe UK's menu structure and will target specific online communities such as Lifestyles, Professionals, Forums and Travel.
Law firm Michael Lindsey, Morgan Bruce has warned that companies which do not grasp the link between trade mark and domain name registration will be held to ransom. The legal eagles are advising that Net registration should be undertaken at the same time as registration of a company trademark. Quadrant PR (01222) 237333.
The Internet Bookshop plans to become the first UK company to offer its shares via the Internet, according to the Financial Times. The online retailer is seeking to raise #1 million through a placing of new shares. In the nine months to December, the company sold over 19,000 books. If the move is successful, it will become known as bookshop.co.uk Plc.
SenseNet Software has released a chat server for $495, compared with similar software normally priced at around $30,000. Called Jat, it is available for a variety of Web server platforms, including Linux, Solaris and BeOS. A live demo can be found at (software.sensenet.com).
BT has teamed up with OpenMarket to trial secure transactions on its Web hosting service. OpenMarket software creates an automatic link between Web sites and financial clearance systems, giving customers and merchants a quick response to requests for credit card validation. Financial institutions involved in the trial phase include Visa, MasterCard and Barclays.
CMG Information Services has started a service that links 39 ISPs in the US to a pool of advertisers interested in reaching their 500,000 subscribers. The service, Planet Direct, has already signed 12 advertisers, including American Express, Lexmark and Maytag. CMG is a direct mail and computer services company with a majority stake in the Lycos search engine. The technology has been licensed from Microsoft, which owns five per cent of CMG.
Use of the Internet and other online services now accounts for about 10 per cent of BT local call traffic, according to a Financial Times analysis. A rise in the rate of UK Internet use, from 10 to 15 per cent a month, accounts for a seven per cent surge in inland call volume.
AOL is being sued for $2.1 million after refusing to pay a bill, according to the Washington Post. The Provident Bank of Maryland's client, PTP Industries, says it is owed at least that amount by AOL for unpaid invoices. The bank says it is owed the money because it gave PTP a loan secured by AOL billing. AOL has refused to pay the bills because PTP overbilled it, the paper said.
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This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007