... worth noting 5/6/03



:: Email technology firm Sendmail has announced the launch of its new Advanced Anti-Spam Filter designed to enable businesses to block spam and other unwanted messages according to their specific preferences. The filter is part of its email management product Sendmail Mailstream Manager, which can also be used to manage other unwanted content, such as offensive language, sexually explicit content and hate mail, as well as viruses, from a single point.

:: Ask Jeeves UK has licensed seven resellers of its new Index Express paid-inclusion product to offer the service to advertisers and boost sales. The company has appointed 24/7 Real Media, Decide Interactive, Inceptor, Netbooster, Position Tech, Sinewave Interactive and TrafficLeader to market the service to advertisers. Index Express is aimed at large site owners looking to promote Web sites in bulk and manage the ongoing promotion of specific areas within sites. It is charged out on a cost-per-click basis, of which the new resellers will take a cut.

:: 3 has announced two new low-cost pricing options in a bid to attract more customers, VideoTalk 500 and VideoTalk 750, are the latest in a series of initiatives by the company to boost subscriber numbers, including half price handset offers and an aggressive advertising campaign.

:: BT boss Ben Verwaayen last year became one of the UK's best paid directors, pulling in around £2.2m in cash with another guaranteed £849,000 worth of shares to come in three years' time. Apparently the figures turned up in the phone giant's annual report published yesterday. Verwaayen received: a basic £700,000 salary; pension allowance and other benefits of £140,000; housing expenses of £450,000; other benefits worth £35,000 and, oh yes, a cash bonus of £849,000 with another £849,000 worth of shares in a deferred bonus.

:: British music group EMI has joined the $17bn (£10bn) lawsuit launched by music publishers against German media giant Bertelsmann for allegedly supporting music piracy by purchasing file-swapping Web site Napster.

:: The new EU VAT directive on digital services, which comes into effect on 1 July, has forced online auction giant eBay to increase a range of 'seller fees'. Under new legislation, users will now be charged VAT on digital services based on the rate set by their government, depending on country of residence, so a seller based in the UK would be required to pay 17.5% on top of the existing fee paid to eBay.