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Guess what? Another one's going public! David Friedensohn's BigStar
Entertainment (www.BigStar.com) has filed their registration
statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial
public offering of its Common Stock. The IPO will be lead managed
by Prudential Securities. BigStar is a leading online-filmed
entertainment superstore. BigStar sells filmed entertainment products
in all popular formats such as videocassettes, digital videodiscs or
DVDs and laserdiscs. You may have known about BigStar and the
fun, physical antics of NYC marathoner David Friedensohn (CEO)
who coaches soccer with Donna Williams (VP, Marketing), and who
appeared on TV when profiled for their napping facilities!
The most obscure, anonymous and slightly annoying spam has come
across my e-mail inbox and snail mailbox this week. From
Helloisanybodyoutthere.com -- Network Solutions reveals that Eisnor
Interactive is behind it. Yes. I'm out here (there). Now what?
Manning Rubin, Senior Creative Supervisor at K2 Design, has
authored Keep Your Brain Alive (www.keepyourbrainalive.com), a
book that gives advice on how not to go 'braindead' by using simple
exercises. It contains 83 exercises that can be done while commuting,
at work, at the market, during mealtimes, or while resting. While I
think this is a great idea and the book is well written, thought out and
nicely designed -- I spent a few minutes just thinking how nice it
would be to just not use my brain at all!
Everybody's talking about fully integrated e-business solutions and
Touchscreen Media Group has joined the hip-terminology band
wagon with their new "e-connections" Internet business models.
E-connections are created when businesses utilize the Internet to
establish and enhance relationships with customers, partners and
prospects. Focused on achieving business results, e-connections are
unique Internet models that integrate a company's Internet presence
with their business objectives.
Alex Chaffee clued me in to another cool MIT app: Call
1-888-573-8255 and try out a conversational interface for on-line
weather information, over the phone. Ask it questions like: What's the
forecast for today in Boston?, Where is it snowing in Colorado?, What
cities do you know in China? Are there any tornado warnings in the
Pencom Web Works, the leader in web-based application integration,
announced today that Applicom acquired a controlling share in the
business, replacing Pencom Systems Inc. as the company's financial
backer. The company also announced it has changed its href to the
Net Quotient Consulting Group and that it has received outside
venture from Applicom, a Formula Group company.
Blue Marble ACG announced that it launched a new brand positioning
campaign for 24/7 Media. The campaign, which bears the new theme
line "It's About Time," consists of both print and online ads that are
uniquely targeted to advertisers and Web publishers.