... worth noting 2/5/03



:: Lycos UK has launched a new instant messenger service aimed at competing with IM offerings from Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo! Apparently Lycos Messenger includes an interoperability feature that enables users to contact people who use the MSN and Yahoo! products, it even collects buddy lists from other networks and sorts them for use. In addition Lycos has launched two versions of Lycos Messenger, a downloadable version similar to competitor offerings, and a Web-based version that requires no software download so can be used on any PC connected to the Web.

:: Mobile operator Orange has joined forces with Walt Disney Internet Group to make a wide range of Disney mobile content available to its subscribers. The deal will enable over 15m Orange customers from the UK and its Belgian and Portugese networks to purchase Disney logos, ringtones, wallpaper screens and games. Apparently the service allows customers to search by film, character or service - for example picture, text or animation.

:: Mobile operator O2 and Channel 4 are preparing for the launch of Big Brother 4, which promises to be the most interactive series yet with an even wider range of mobile services available. For the second year running, O2 has agreed to be the exclusive broadcast sponsor for the show in a deal reportedly worth a whopping £4.5m.

:: A former KGB agent is suing online retail giant Amazon.com for libel over a customer book review published on its Web site. Alexander Vassiliev, co-author of a book entitled The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America - The Stalin Era, claims the review by British lawyer and film-maker John Lowenthal is defamatory.