Friday, October 15, 1999

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 10/15/99

A SCOOP___________________________________________
Debbie Newman has left after sending them off on several
successful marketing campaigns. She is enjoying her time off, got a great
tan (in Connecticut of all places!) and might be going on a safari!

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Randall Rothenberg, a well-regarded author, reporter and editor has been
named Editor-in-Chief of Strategy & Business Media. Strategy & Business
Media is the communications venture that publishes the award-winning
business magazine Strategy & Business, as well as Strategy & Business
books, web site and ancillary publications that explore the best ideas in
business. Rothenberg will be responsible for broadening, coordinating and
unifying the Strategy & Business brand across existing and new media

Pseudo Programs, Inc. a producer of original Internet TV programming,
announced today that two top producers have joined Pseudo to lead the
expansion of the company's new program offerings. Pseudo has appointed Mark
Berniker, a veteran of CNNfn, as Executive Producer of its business and
technology programming. Bill Goins, an award-winning film producer, has
been named Executive Producer for new channel development. They will report
to Pseudo's President and COO, Anthony K. Asnes., Inc. (, a 1:1 database marketing company
and producer of free, real-time massively multi-player games, today
announced the appointment of veteran entertainment marketing executive,
Paul LaRocca, to vice president of marketing., one of the Web's fastest-growing providers of free personal
homepages, announced that it has named two Vice Presidents to lead and
further accelerate its strategic growth. Former Macworld Publisher, Matthew
Sweeney, joins as Vice President of Business Development, and
former AdSmart Vice President, Sponsorships, Michael Beller, joins as Vice
President of Sales. Both positions are new and each will report to Tim
Cahill, Chief Operating Officer.

Tapping a well-known magazine public relations executive to lead its
growing communications effort, leading magazine retailer has named Joanne Chaseman, the former director of
public relations/corporate communications for Times Mirror Magazines, as
director of corporate communications.

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Check out the latest excitement from the NYC wedding scene...the first
Internet broadcast gay wedding on Sat., Oct. 16, at 7 PM EST. The wedding
itself has another unique twist and trend for engaged couples contemplating
how they're going to pay for everything -- corporate sponsorship of goods
and services for a wedding. For example, all the flowers for this wedding
will be provided by (, an innovative online
retailer of flowers and gifts based here in NYC. Also, has
arranged for the couple to work with a well-known floral designer from the
East Coast to ensure that the happy couple will have the flowers and
arrangements that reflect the couple's personality and setting of the
wedding. The cybercast nuptial will join Jeffrey L. Newman, president and
COO of, the Gay Financial Network (, as well as
president and CEO of, in union with Jeffrey W. Parker, a renowned
men's accessories designer, who has designed for Donna Karan International
Inc., Timberland, Inc. and Nautica Enterprises Inc., the internet site boasting on-air personalities announced it has
named TBWA/Chiat/Day New York as its agency of record for a multi-million
dollar advertising program.

Amigo Travel has changed their corporate name to, email
addresses are chaning as well from "" to ""
Philadelphia Internet professional services pioneer i-site recently created
an Internet presence for Philadelphia's historic Old City District., promotes the growing retail, restaurant and
arts venues in one of Philadelphia's nine business improvement districts. (SM), an online business service from Winstar Communications,
Inc., announced a series of partnerships with technology companies that
will help power's Web site, scheduled to launch in Q4 of this
year. Aeneid Corporation; CommTouch Software, Inc.; Digital River, Inc. and
Transium Corporation will provide database management and e-commerce
technology solutions to

AnswerThink Consulting Group, Inc. (, and THINK New
Ideas ( announced that they have been selected by eVisa,
Visa U.S.A.’s Internet unit based in California’s Silicon Valley, to
develop a comprehensive strategy and program designed to make VISA the
currency of choice for the Internet economy. The two companies were
selected after pitching the business together, and are currently serving
the client as a team in anticipation of their forthcoming merger.

Rare Ventures, the investment arm of Rare Medium Group Inc., announced it
has invested $4 million in, the multimedia Internet
company based in St. Louis, MO. Rare Medium Inc., the Internet services
unit, has entered into a multi-million dollar engagement to provide the
backend web development for

First Data Corp, a leading electronic commerce and payment services
company, announced an agreement with Passlogix Inc, a leader in defining
electronic identity management technology and solutions, to develop a next
generation wallet. First Data also made an undisclosed investment in