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Yahoo! UK & Ireland has added UK news feeds from Reuters and the Press Association to its Internet search service, with the aim of improving the UK content of its homepage menu. The feeds can also now be selected from among the US-dominated feeds on the personalised service. The UK Yahoo service unveils details of research into its UK audience this week.

The Meat Marketing Board this week unveils its new Website as one of a number of promotional initiatives for the British Meat Information Service.

President Clinton is about to become embroiled with US State authorities over federal proposals, expected to be published this week, to promote Internet commerce as a ‘tax-free’ zone. Last Tuesday, a resolution of the US Conference of Mayors voted to oppose legislation aimed at preventing state and local governments from imposing new taxes on Internet transactions.

High street bookshops will face an increasing threat from Internet book-selling operations, according to UK publishers. Clive Bradley, chief executive of the Publishers’ Association, says that price discounting offered by book-selling Websites, combined with rapid search and ordering facilities, will put the sales volumes and profit margins of traditional British bookshops under increasing pressure.

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