... worth noting 30/6/03



:: Online lifestyle community Web site Liv4now.com is to introduce subscription membership following the success of its editorial direction in the PDA market. Liv4now is to charge £10 a month for access to the wireless service, which provides users with access to interactive discussion forums, a range of editorial content and user-generated blogs.

:: Telecoms equipment maker Marconi has won a deal to upgrade BT Group's network. The three-year contract will be the first awarded in BT's drive to build a '21st century network' that will migrate voice, data and Internet services to one advanced system.

:: Online auctioneer Ebay will offer revamped protection for buyers and punish scammers more quickly under new anti-fraud measures. Starting this autumn, it will allow PayPal sellers in good standing to offer purchasers a $500 (£303) buyer-protection plan, covering items never delivered as well as merchandise that doesn't fit the seller's description. The new plan, available to sellers in the US and Canada, will cover about half of all listings on its site and requires no payment.

:: A mature content is to give birth to one of the first babies conceived in Britain using sperm provided by Internet donor service Mannotincluded.com. The couple paid Mannotincluded £1,305 to match them with a sperm donor and provide a full medical screening of the sperm.