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OpenTV acquires Spyglass

OPTV, a newly formed interactive television solutions company, will run on multiple platforms for cable and satellite television operators, broadcasters, and manufacturers around the world. The new company, which will trade under the symbol 'OPTV', was formed after OpenTV Corp, provider of software, services and applications that enable digital interactive television (ITV), acquired Spyglass, an Internet and broadband expert. The acquisition of Spyglass is hoped to further OpenTV's reach into the US market.www.opentv.comInformation society world summit plannedA world summit on the information society is planned for 2003 to develop a worldwide common vision and understanding on its strategic development. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, in close cooperation with interested United Nations agencies, will plan the summit at a venue to be decided before the end of this year. Core issues to be addressed at the summit will include infrastructure; equitable access in a digital global economy; services and applications and their implications for economic, social and cultural development; consumer protection; privacy; security; and the right to communicate.www.itu.intMelbourne IT markets Funnel Web in Asia-PacificAustralian domain name registration company, Melbourne IT has entered into a strategic alliance with Internet analysis company Active Concepts. Under the agreement, Melbourne IT will resell Active Concepts' e-commerce solution Funnel Web product suite throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Active Concepts' relationship with Melbourne IT began in 1997 when they joined Melbourne IT's incubator program, which provides computing and communication facilities to support start-up companies.www.melbourneit.com.au/indexv2.htm, www.activeconcepts.com.au

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