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The Irish Times has published its third wave of audited ABC//electronic traffic data, showing the site attracted more than 6 million page impressions in October – up slightly on its previous audit in March- in the run-up to the signing of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement.

News International is to improve bandwidth and server capacity on its Website for The Times/Sunday Times titles, to clear the way for the introduction of new features in the new year. The investment, announced by Mike Murphy, managing editor of News International Internet Publishing, follows increases in traffic which have caused “the odd download or access delay” on accessing the site, he says.

Sally Taplin, formerly head of new media projects for booksellers Waterstone’s, has moved to online business development consultancy Clarity. While at Waterstone’s, Taplin was involved in setting up transactional Websites for the Waterstone’s and Dillons brands, following the formation of HMV Media Group and the merger of Waterstone’s and Dillons.

Quixell, the online auction house, is to rebrand itself as QXL across European markets, and expects to open a site aimed at the French market before the end of the year. The new site can be found a www.qxl.com, and aims to establish a “shorter, easier-to-remember, global name” along with a revised design and extended line of goods on offer.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is launching an online bookshop on January 1 1999, aimed at the professional and consumer market. The pilot site can be viewed at www.ribabookshop.com.

Knickerbox, the high street lingerie chain, has launched a Website aimed at capitalising on the Christmas gift market. Pres.co, which designed the site, says: “The site will be themed to promote certain products during the year, to meet the specific seasonal demands.” Visitors can also interrogate a local store locator as well as order a catalogue of Knickerbox products online.

CHBi Razorfish, the new media agency, has launched a Website alongside children’s charity Children’s Express (www.childrens-express.org) aimed at allowing children aged between eight and 18 to produce news and comment for mainstream press.

Two-thirds of Internet users would prefer an Net connection to the use of a telephone or TV if stranded on a desert island, according to a study commissioned by AOL. More than 71 per cent of those sampled claimed to use the Internet to access information about products to buy online or in the high street. But survey findings to be unveiled at the British Psychological Society later this month suggest that the more people access the Internet, the more depressed they are likely to be. Psychologists undertaking the study say they are unclear whether heavy Internet use is a cause, or symptom, of depression.

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