Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Food Makers Sign Up with Online GrocerOnline grocery home-delivery company Webvan Group Inc. last week announced it will add products from five major food and consumer products companies to its offerings on Webvan.com. The Foster City, Calif., company, which serves the San Francisco area, has entered into business agreements with The Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis; Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich.; The Quaker Oats Co. in Chicago; General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis; and the U.S. division of Nestle SA, which is based in Switzerland.

BellSouth Expands Security Services

BellSouth Corp. in Atlanta has formed two new business partnerships to extend its network consulting and security offerings for companies that want to do more business over the Internet. The alliances are with New York-based Predictive Systems Inc., in which BellSouth bought a $10 million equity stake in October, and Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc., according to company officials.

AOL Board Member Quits Seat in Conflict

Bertelsmann AG CEO Thomas Middelhoff resigned from America Online Inc.'s board of directors, saying it was inappropriate for him to continue on AOL's board in light of AOL's planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc., a competitor of the German media conglomerate.

Middelhoff's board seat will be filled by AOL Vice Chairman Kenneth Novack.

Short Takes

After a search that began late last year, IBM found that Funds Xpress Financial Network Inc. in Austin, Texas, bought the 1 millionth RS/6000 server in August.

... The British government launched Greenwich Electronic Time (GeT). Based on Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time, GeT is meant to be a time standard for e-commerce.

Networking Pact

Viatel Inc., a telecommunications company in New York, and Intira Corp., a privately held technology consulting firm in Pleasanton, Calif., have signed a deal for a 10-year alliance. Viatel's contribution will include high-speed telecommunications services, while Intira will bring networking infrastructures and consulting services to the deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Personalized Online Ads

Mountain View, Calif.-based MarketFirst Software Inc. has rolled out its Online Media Response Blueprint, an application that personalizes online advertisements and other campaigns. Customers can click on a banner ad or another media placement, fill out a brief form and receive future offers and ads tailored to their interests. Pricing for the application begins at $75,000.www.marketfirst.comOnline Entertainment ToolsSun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp., along with business consultant company PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, have announced a joint deal to provide technology, tools and services, such as digital conversion, support for electronic-business applications and archiving and retrieval of content, to media and entertainment companies. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.

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