Friday, December 10, 1999

BITS AND BYTES - 12/10/99


OpenTable.com Expands to Chicago and Seattle
OpenTable.com announced the availability of the first real-time online restaurant reservations in Chicago and Seattle, and over 130 partner restaurants in eight cities nationwide. The move solidifies the company's position as the leading provider of real-time, online restaurant reservations.


eComplaints Launches Site
For all those people whose bags end up in Duluth after an airplane trip (while they're in Dallas), eComplaints.com announced the formal launch of its consumer complaint website, www.eComplaints.com. eComplaints is introducing a better way for consumers to complain about faulty goods or poor service, by giving them an ally in their fight to actually get what they paid for, or be compensated.


Bloomberg.Com Unveils Expanded Television Section
Expanding its high-quality television programming, Bloomberg.com (http://www.bloomberg.com) announced that it is adding three new popular Bloomberg Television programs to its online schedule. Investors will now be able to watch three daily programs offering specialized investment advice - "Money Flow", "Web Watch", and "TechLine". All programs can be viewed by using Real Player G2 or Windows Media Player.

Pseudo Programs, Inc --one of the largest networks of original Internet TV --will preview BizTech2000, its new business and technology channel, with a live 17-hour Internet TV broadcast featuring interviews with some of the Internet entertainment industry's leading executives from the Jupiter Entertainment Forum in Los Angeles on December 8th and 9th. BizTech2000, slated to launch early next year and created by former CNNfn producer Mark Berniker, will focus on news, analysis, investigation and an inside look at business in the digital age. Shows on BizTech2000 will be hosted by leaders in the business and technology arena, including Mr. Berniker, executive producer of Pseudo's business and technology programming, Jason Calacanis, publisher and editor of The Silicon Alley Reporter, and Courtney Pulitzer, president of The Cyber Scene, a popular, influential weekly newsletter tracking the community, culture, companies, and people in and around Silicon Alley.

Yack Launches Event Producer Network
YackSM, (www.yack.com) the web's most comprehensive guide to live net events, announced it has launched the Event Producer NetworkSM (EPN). This first-of-its-kind program allows online event producers to connect their original web programming and events to the rapidly growing audience of web consumers who are turning to the Internet for news and entertainment.


Historychannel.Com Unveils "Milestones Of The Millennium"
HistoryChannel.com's (www.historychannel.com/millennium) "Milestones of the Millennium" surveys the ten most significant historical landmarks in ten different categories: Art & Architecture, Inventions, Medicine & Biology, Music & Literature, Philosophy & Learning, Politics & Government, Science & Discovery, Society & Culture, Sports, and Wars.


Holiday Fundraiser Shows How Publishers Could Profit
On December 15, magazine-length excerpts of famous authors' work-in-progress novels will be posted on a new site called Hotauthors.com. To download and distribute visitors need to make a charitable donation to Literacy Partners of America. The charity demo runs until February 15.


Culturefinder.Com Launches First National Ad Campaign Are you the kind of person who thinks about going to arts events but never goes? Then you're the kind of customer CultureFinder.com is looking to reach with its first-ever national advertising campaign, which breaks this week in print, broadcast, and online media.

Aunt Ethel, We The Shoppers.Com Shopping Expert Makes Her National Television Debut This Weekend
We The Shoppers, Inc. (http://Wetheshoppers.com/event/event.html.) invites everyone to Aunt Ethel's television debut this weekend on the nationally syndicated program, Main Floor starring Nancy Stafford. Aunt Ethel is the first animated Internet personality to be interviewed on TV. In New York and Los Angeles, she can be seen Sunday, Dec. 12th and again on Dec. 18th at 11:30 a.m. on the ABC stations.

Strategic Domain, a new leader in interactive healthcare marketing, announced that the company received three prestigious awards at an awards ceremony for eHealthcareWorld√É­s Award Competition in New York City. The competition recognizes excellence in Internet communications for the healthcare industry.