Friday, October 20, 2000

Bits & Bytes -and- Shakers & Stirrers 10/20/00


Jiffy Lube Goes Interactive
Jiffy Lube may be getting a rush of customers soon - and not necessarily for
an oil change. The quick oil-change franchise is installing CD listening
stations, plus leather furniture and satellite televisions. And get this - they're serving Starbuck's coffee to boot! ; Now you can browse the Internet, check important emails and find important car
maintenance information at Web kiosks in the newly renovated waiting rooms.

e-Book Conference in the Works
e-Book World Conference & Exhibition will take place
on Monday and Tuesday, November 6 & 7, 2000 at the New York Marriott Marquis
in New York City, will feature an all-star speaker roster, including
Conference Chairman and Moderator, Michael Wolff, New York Magazine columnist
and best-selling author of BURN RATE. The e-Book World speaker list easily
makes this event the premier  e-book/e-publishing event this year and offers
attendees an exceptional opportunity to discuss, debate, and interact with
the industry thought  leaders. Speakers will include Kurt Andersen, author
and co-chairman,; Dick Brass, vice president of technology at
Microsoft; David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire; Steven Johnson, author
and editor of Feed; Rob Kaufman, president and CEO of NetLibrary; and Chris
MacAskill, president and CEO, MightyWords. On line registration, session
descriptions and more can be found at Exhibits
registration free online until November 3.

Enikia and Oneline Expand Partnership
Enikia and ONELINE AG, a subsidiary of the German utility E.ON Energie, are
embarking on the next level of their strategic plan to deploy end-to-end
broadband services to consumers. These new developments comprise the second
phase of an agreement that includes joint technology development and
deployment of in-home powerline communications. ONELINE will take a 3.3 percent minority
stake in Enikia and a seat on the Enikia Board of Directors. Together the two
companies will deliver the industry's first end-to-end broadband solution
that links consumer electronics, telephones, and home office products to the
public Internet and the telecommunications network over electrical power

DoTellNow Goes to Europe
Net Technologies, Inc., a market-leading provider of streaming audio products
and services, is joining up with Rivercast AB, a leading European Internet
streaming company to make Net Technologies' innovative phone-to-Internet
technology, DoTellTM Interactive, available to European companies. DoTell
Interactive is the premier platform for voice-content creation, management
and distribution available on the market today, allowing any user with
touch-tone phone service to instantly create an Internet broadcast from
anywhere in the world. DoTell messages can be streamed directly to the Web in
real time, fed into voice mail systems, sent via e-mail, or listened to
through the phone. and Team Up, the Internet's leading arts guide and ticketing service,
and, the premier online travel information planning site, are
bringing's national arts content and ticketing services to
the site. users can now search and purchase tickets for
arts and cultural events in 1,500 travel destinations throughout the U.S. and
Canada.'s customized Miniguides will feature CultureFinder's local
event information and ticketing service. visitors can also enhance
their online travel planning and search from over 350,000 arts listings in
more than 1,500 North American cities.

ORB Mates With CheetahMail
ORB, Inc., provider of ROI driven marketing and technology solutions, ORB,
Inc., is joining up with CheetahMail to pair ORB's ROI focus with
CheetahMail's opt-in e-mail marketing solutions. The marriage will provide a
new level of CRM to ORB clients and provide another platform for the B2B
marketing of the ORB brand. There are also plans to ramp-up ORB's own brand marketing efforts to reflect the rapid growth of the company. The choice of CheetahMail as a partner is
consistent with ORB's cornerstone policy of opt-in marketing as the key to
high, sustainable ROI.

Vertical Alliance Names DiFrancesco CEO
Vertical Alliance, Inc., a leader in delivering integrated customer
acquisition, retention, and optimization tools for vertical eBusiness
markets, has named Jeffrey J. DiFrancesco has been appointed Chief Executive
Officer and President of the firm. DiFrancesco, 37, was most recently chief
financial and operating officer of Savera Systems Inc., and an executive
officer of Lenfest Communications, Inc. He brings in-depth experience in
international and domestic B2B and B2C product development, marketing and
sales, finance, and operations to Vertical Alliance. Prior to joining Savera, DiFrancesco was an executive officer and vice president of strategic planning and business development for
Lenfest Communications (Oaks, PA), a diversified entertainment and
communications company. Together with his family, DiFrancesco has actively
engaged in numerous community and social organizations, including adult
literacy programs, Boy Scouts, neighborhood watch, and emergency foster care.

Disabled in the Net Economy
More than 300 decision makers from industry, government and the
research community are expected to gather in Wall Street on Wednesday,November 1, to share perspectives on how people with disabilities represent major new sources of greater productivity – and profits – in the rapidly evolving global Net Economy. The 3rd Annual Expanding CyberSociety conference focuses on ho making information and communications products and services more accessible for people with disabilities -- and how that makes good business sense in today’s global economy. Global Community Digital Sandbox at the New York Information Technology Center, 55 Broad Street,  from 9 A.M. to 6:00

AvidLearn Teams up with Concentrics
AvidLearn, Inc., a leading provider of online seminars, customized
training solutions, and continuing education for individuals and
corporations, has formed a strategic alliance with Concentrics, Inc., a
management consulting firm that is a leader in creating e-learning t
raining solutions for the internet, internal networks and hosted  solutions.
With Concentrics' help, AvidLearn will create an interactive c
lassroom without geographic boundaries.

Yack Dominates Broadband Guidance With Newly Expanded Road Runner
YackSM, the Internet Program GuideSM, must be satisfied
with its longstanding distribution partnership with Road Runner. YackSM  is extending its contract
with the broadband service provider another two years. Under the new deal, Yack will have a far greater presence on the service, giving Road Runner's more than one million broadband users
an extensive guide to Web events and programs. Not only that, but the
broadband version of the complete Yack guide, Fast Yack, will now be
fully integrated into various contextualized areas of Road Runner. Fast
Yack will be prominently featured on the Primary Channel, each Primary
Channel Highlights screen and each Category Welcome screen.

Muji Caters to North American Fans
After successful 1999 holiday season, plans to reopen
for North American shoppers. The Japanese retailer will re-open for
year-round business later this month, exclusively for customers in the
U.S. and Canada. The site will open for permanent business at the end
of October, just in time for the 2000 holiday season. Once a well-kept
secret of jet setters and global fashion hounds, the no-frills Muji has
steadily gained a worldwide following thanks to word of mouth and
high-profile devotees like Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Depp, and Vanessa
Paradis. The online branch store is Muji's only North American presence at this time.