worth noting 27.5.03



:: Vodafone has decided not to write down the value of its 3G licence despite slashing the carrying values of assets acquired in the late 1990s, in its full-year results. Apparently, Vodafone has experienced success in the roll out of Vodafone Live!, its 2.5G platform, but doesn't intend to launch 3G until next year thanks to concerns about the stability of current next-generation technology and the availability of handsets. Last week O2 reduced the valuation of its 3G investment by more than £5bn.

:: The second series of Granada's 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' raised more than £1m for charity, after viewers placed more than twice as many votes as they did last year, according to figures collated by interactive TV specialists Red Fig. Approximately 7.8m votes were cast in total throughout the duration of the series. Apparently, digital platforms performed particularly strongly, with SMS and interactive TV accounting for 3.2m votes. Mobile phone users sent more than 2m text messages and iTV accounted for about 1.1m votes in all.

:: Web and email filtering firm SurfControl has announced that it's extended its multi-year licensing deal with Microsoft to provide content-filtering services for the MSN TV service. The extension of the deal with MSN TV builds on a number of new customer wins for SurfControl so far this year - it added 1,400 customers to its books in its last fiscal quarter, including The Ministry of Defence, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and NTL in the UK.

:: A virtual tour of David Beckham has gone online. The tour takes its virtual tourists round the playground, school and council football pitches where the England soccer ace honed his football skills. The online tour can be found at www.lbwf.gov.uk/beckham.

:: Internet entrepreneur Stelios Haji-loannou, has launched a new 'no-frills' cinema business dubbed 'easyCinema'. The aim is to encourage more people to watch films on the big screen by offering tickets from as little as 20p, depending how early they book. The first easyCinema is a new 10 screen multiplex based in Milton Keynes, which will be run by the smallest possible team of staff. There is no box office so seats are booked online or by phone. There are computers in the cinema itself so that customers can book online while they are there.

:: Deutsche Lufthansa says it has signed a contract with Boeing subsidiary Connexion to equip its long-haul fleet with broadband Internet technology from the start of next year. Apparently all of the German airline's roughly 80 long-haul planes, including Boeing 747-400s as well as the Airbus A340 and A330 models would be outfitted, so passengers throughout the plane would have access to the technology.

:: Emap has selected Rivals Digital Media to co-ordinate the advertising traffic and campaigns it hosts on its range of consumer Web sites, after it set up a new unit in South Africa to offer such services. The strategic agreement will see RDM managing campaign implementation, account management and report analysis, across Emap's entire online portfolio.


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I'd only expected a virtual tour of David Beckham to cover his ears, wrist, pancreas, colon, etc. Does Victoria know she's married to several ancilliary buildings and a plot of land?