... worth noting 28/4/03



:: Latest research from Jupiter Research suggests that the market for paid online content and services in Europe is expected to grow to reach revenues of Euro 3.2bn (£2.2bn) in 2007. The report said the European market for paid content is still just emerging, with only 9% of Europeans expected to purchase online content and services in 2003, resulting in revenues of Euro 693m (£478m).

:: Digital marketing agency ValueClick has announced a net profit for the first quarter after a 58% jump in revenue caused by strong European growth, the launch of new offerings and the acquisition of marketing affiliate Be Free last year. ValueClick posted a net income of $1.2m (£750,000), compared with a loss of $8.8m (£5.5m) for the first quarter of 2002. Revenue grew to $19.5m (£12.2m), from $12.4m (£7.8m) a year ago, beating the company's previously issued guidance by about $2m (£1.2m).

:: A US judge has ordered the nation's largest phone company - Verizon, to identify the names of Internet customers suspected of using peer-to-peer networks to steal music in what is one of the critical tests of a 1998 copyright law.

:: The Internet community's biggest annual event 'The Webby Awards', has become a non-event this year. The poor economy and fears about travelling were blamed for the cancellation of the seventh annual ceremony, which was scheduled for 5 June in San Francisco. Instead, the winners will be announced on the Internet.

:: The founder of wine bar chain Jamie's, Roger Preece, has swapped drinks for travel with the launch of a new auction-based online travel site, aimed at the luxury end of the market. The new venture auctionweekendbreaks.com invites users to bid on luxury breaks, with the minimum bid value typically starting at about half the retail price. A £1.50 auction entry fee is levied each time a user submits a bid. The auction period runs for a month, after which point the highest bidder wins the luxury break. Bids are kept secret but auctionweekendbreaks.com will email bidders with one week remaining if a higher amount has been pledged by another user, providing them with a second chance of winning by allowing bids to be raised.

:: A teacher sick of drug dealers and addicts in his neighbourhood has taken the drastic measure of posting their pictures on the Internet. Apparently John Messiter decided to secretly photograph those terrorising the area and making their images public, after appeals to ministers, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, had failed to solve the growing problem.

:: Financial news and information Web site FT.com has attracted 53,000 paying subscribers since it started charging for premium content last May. The site more than tripled the amount of paying customers in the space of nine months, from 17,000 last July to 53,000.
:: UK firm ShopCreator is targeting small businesses with the launch of a new range of search registration services aimed at helping them raise the profile of their Web sites. The ShopCreator search engine services come in three standard packages - Bronze, Silver, and Gold - as well as a customised Campaign consultancy service. The basic Bronze package covers submission to some of the most popular search engines, including Google, MSN, Yahoo, HotBot and alltheweb. As well as basic submission, the Silver and Gold packages evaluate an organisation's Web presence and offer advice on how to improve its search rankings, as well as extra services such as basic paid submission to Inktomi and Ask Jeeves. They cost £500 and £1,500 per year respectively.