... worth noting 18.6.03



:: Lastminute.com has joined forces with Egg in a marketing deal that will see the online retailer provide the online bank with a 'late-deal' newsletter. The deal will see Egg distribute 1.3m newsletters to its customers, offering them the latest deals from lastminute, such as flights and holidays. Apparently this represents just under half of Egg's total customer base.

:: Microsoft is to release a preliminary version of its latest instant messaging program that enables users to share photos and customise the appearance of the program. MSN Messenger 6, which claims 100m active users, lets users customise their background and their own icons as well providing a way for users to swap pictures and other content more easily.

:: Travel Web site Deckchair has been bought by rival Online Travel Company in a deal worth just £150,000. OTC has bought the domain names of Deckchair.com and sister site Leisurehunt.com from its existing owner, World Travel Holdings, as well as their databases of more than 600,000 users.

:: Microsoft has launched two legal actions in Britain against distributors of unsolicited junk email as part of a global attempt to halt the spam epidemic. The software company announced that in addition to 15 lawsuits it's filed in the US, it was bringing two cases against alleged spammers in this country under the Computer Misuse Act - Microsoft's first attempt to use the courts to battle spam in Europe.

:: Internet credit card company NextCard Inc, which entered bankruptcy protection last year, has filed plans with a US bankruptcy court to liquidate its assets. In a disclosure statement on the liquidation plan filed with a bankruptcy court total claims against the company were listed at a whopping $464m (£276m), but the company objects to several claims, notably a $397m (£236m) claim as part of a shareholder lawsuit.