AOL has confirmed plans to launch a free internet access service
next month, using the brand name Netscape Online. The service,
targeted at entry-level users currently registered to other free
services, will run on AOL’s existing infrastructure. It will operate
in the UK market alongside the company’s existing services, CompuServe
and AOL UK. The news comes less than two weeks before Dixons’
Cheltenham & Gloucester is to allow customers to apply for mortgages
over the internet, then agree the application in principle just hours
afterward via e-mail. Customers fill in an application form on C&G’s
web site, at www.cheltglos.co.uk. Personal details are kept
confidential through an encryption system with two firewalls. C&G will
aim to issue a mortgage offer within 14 days of the initial internet
ITN New Media has promoted Owen Pringle from head of marketing to
commercial director. It is also launching two new sections to its web
site: one for SciTech and one for Entertainment.
Jobsite, the online recruitment site, relaunches this week offering a
personalised service to job-hunters and recruiters at
It will provide those looking for jobs with vacancy news tailored to
their requirements on a personal home page. Recruitment agencies using
the service can register with CV Watchdog, which sends out relevant
CVs by e-mail.
Two Way TV, the interactive TV games service, says it proved to be
twice as popular as other content areas on Microsoft’s Web TV trials.
The company, which is backed by CWC, Ladbrokes and US venture capital
fund Vencom, has signed up with Microsoft to develop applications on
Microsoft’s TV PAK, a TV adaptation kit for the web.
Clarity, the online business development consultancy, has recruited
Simon Brown joins from Teamworks Interactive and Matt O’Brien from
Clever Media, both as project managers. Mark Stradling also joins from
Western Media Publishing as a developer.
Pangolin, the sports media company, has acquired SportNow, a Swedish
site located at www.sportnow.se. It will add the site to its Sportal
network of web sites. Mads Larsen, chief executive of SportNow, will
become group chief executive officer of Sportal Nordic.
The Covent Garden Soup Company has gone live with a new brand-oriented
site which provides details on new flavours, recipes and food facts.
The site was designed by Old Hat Design. The web address -
www.coventgardensoup.co.uk - will be printed on all packs of soup and
Encyclopedia Britannica has appointed John Nugent as online marketing
director for the its European office, ahead of a relaunch of the
britannica.co.uk site later this year. Nugent was previously founder
and director of The Digital Marketing Agency.
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