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Travelocity, the Web-based travel booking service, is to sign a series of deals with UK partners aimed at developing an online service tailored for the British market. Jim Marsicano, vice-president and general manager of parent company Sabre Interactive, says the company’s push to establish its brand in the UK will not affect its policy of offering services through existing UK travel sites, including EMAP Online’s a2btravel.com.

Eidoscope Ltd, the Website development arm of computer games company Eidos Group, has unveiled a revamped site for Formula One team McLaren. The site (www.mclaren.co.uk), launched ahead of this week’s opening Grand Prix in Australia, will be used to promote membership of a McLaren fan club and related merchandise. The design company is also working on a Formula One site for ITV.

Microsoft is reported to be dropping its so-called ‘channel bar’ on the next version of the Internet Explorer Web browser because of disappointing use figures . Reports of this possible U-turn follow Microsoft’s decision to cut back on the financing of ‘TV-style’ enter-tainment programming for audiences of Microsoft Network in North America and the UK.

AOL, the world’s leading online service provider, says it may push for federal legislation to help prevent the spread of unsolicited e-mail or ‘spam’. AOL’s chief executive Steve Case said last week (March 5) the company would meanwhile pursue possible legal action against companies among a ‘Ten Most Wanted Spammer List’, including Lovetoys Online, PlanetLovejoy and loseweight.org.

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