... worth noting 19.5.03



:: UK mobile operator O2 is to begin a trial next month that will see its email-on-the-move service extended to BlackBerry devices. The move is a part of O2's drive to boost revenues from data services. The trial will run in the UK initially, where 250 O2 customers will be given the device for two months, before being rolled out to other O2 territories.

:: AOL is planning to introduce a service called 'AIM Talk,' that would allow users of its instant messaging to talk to each other through Sony's PlayStation 2 video game console. As part of its tie-up with Sony, AOL also said it would introduce features allowing PS2 users to listen to streaming music and watch movie trailers and TV clips.

:: T-Mobile has scrapped plans to introduce Microsoft's 'smart phone' because of 'fundamental' technical problems
:: US retail sales on the Internet are expected to climb by 26% to about $96bn (£59.2bn) this year, according to a new study. The Shop.org and Forrester Research survey of more than 130 retailers found that online retail sales jumped a whopping 48% to $76bn (£46bn) last year. The sum was about 3.6% of total U.S. retail sales. For 2003, online sales are expected to account for 4.5% of total U.S. retail sales

:: O2 has joined forces with Yell.com to enable users of its XDA handset to search for information on more than 1.7m UK businesses via the Yell.com online classified directory service. Users can search the directory by business type or name, and once they have found the information required they have the option of directly dialing the business number, saving the details to the Microsoft Outlook contacts folder on their XDA or emailing them to a friend.

:: Online concierge service Quintessentially.com is planning to expand its US operation after signing up around 1,200 US customers since its launch in New York in February.