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Soccernet, the leading UK football Website, has signed up distribution deals with a number of official premiership sites to boost the audience for its special World Cup coverage. Chelsea, Leeds United, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, and Wimbledon are among the clubs which are featuring the World Cup service (http://worldcup.soccernet.com) on their official sites. The move follows similar deals with search sites, excite.co.uk and msn.co.uk…

…ITN (www.itn.co.uk) has launched a rival World Cup service with EMAP Pursuit’s Match magazine (www.matchfacts.com) and Reuters SportsWeb. It offers surfers the chance to view video footage of the latest goals, along with audio coverage of France 98 and statistical analysis.

AOL has signed up IPC Magazine’s NME.COM to provide music news on its worldwide service. The deal gives AOL members instant access to the latest music news. The site will also carry tour announcements and dates, plus the latest record release news.

Web design agency has hired Robert Adair as finance director, following a spell as a fund manager and researcher in the finance sector. The agency has also hired Paul Tinsley, a former creative director at Poppe Tyson’s Malaysian office, as a project manager along with Rosemary Faulkner, who previously worked on Coca-Cola’s Japanese Website. Total staffing at the agency is now 34.

Televisions, palmtop gadgets and even cameras will become more common ways for consumers to hook up to the Internet than PCs over the next decade, according to a prediction made by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates earlier this month.

Engage Technologies, producer of Website ad management software system Accipiter, has announced it is to slash its pricing of the product by half in the US. The ad management system is being marketed to European site owners by its parent company CMG Information Services (www.cmgi.co.uk).

Virtual companies offering ‘quickie’ divorces registered in the Dominican Republic are among the latest wave of online scams to be targeted at US citizens.

Browsing the Internet still lags behind watching films, reading books, watching TV, and playing computer games as ‘the most exciting way to spend time at home’, according to a survey of young US consumers by the Interactive Digital Software Association. Playing computer games was rated as most exciting by 41 per cent, compared with 21 per cent for TV and eight per cent for the Internet.

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