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EMAP Online has revamped its Web-based ski guide 1Ski.com (www.1ski.com), upgrading information available on ski destinations in Europe and North America. A free email-delivered edition of the site’s news service also provides users with regular resort updates direct to their desktops.

Online music magazine dotmusic has launched a microsite aimed at promoting the launch of Robbie Williams’ new single and album. This Monday’s launch of the microsite (www.dotmusic.com/robbie/), which coincides with the launch of his single Millennium, features an exclusive audio interview and the chance to register and receive William’s new album on the day of its release.

BT has launched BT Highway, its new high speed digital access service to home and business users, allowing simultaneous Internet, phone and fax usage through the same line (MW September 3). The service, offering online access at speeds of up to 128Kps, becomes available from September 15, but BT has already been criticised by commentators for imposing too high a charge for its Home Highway and Business Highway products (www.bt.com).

Supermarket chain Tesco has launched a direct mail campaign encouraging holders of its loyalty Clubcard to sign up for its recently launched Internet access service, TescoNet. The service is undercutting many in the market by offering unlimited Internet access for 8.99 month (www.tesco.net).

CompuServe has signed a deal with telecoms company Media Ring aimed at providing Internet-based international telephone facilities for its members. These will substantially cut the cost of dialling for frequent overseas calls.

Auto Trader has recorded 4 million page impressions on its Website, which offers online classified ads on cars for sales, according to its latest ABC audit. The audit was carried out in July. Site use has leapt by 50 per cent in three months according to Lee Williams, new media manager for Auto Trader (www.autotrader.co.uk).

Web surfers will be able to download a variety of Teletubbies wallpaper for their computer desktop from next Monday, following a revamp on BBC Education’s Teletubbies Website (www.bbc.co.uk/education/teletubbies). BBC Education’s most popular site, launched in April, will also feature a range of new games and stories and allow surfers to take a virtual stroll around Teletubbyland. Screensavers and advent calendars are expected to be available on the site from December, to coincide with the Teletubby merchandising sales season in the run-up to Christmas.

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