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Steve Perlman, a co-founder of TV set-top Internet console WebTV, said he would step down as president, effective the end of June, to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Perlman, along with Bruce Leak and Phil Goldman, founded WebTV in 1995. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Perlman will join the WebTV advisory board and Leak will become president.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Internet sports media company SportsLine USA will produce and host the official sites of Major League Baseball, New York. Sites will feature streaming video and audio, exclusive game Webcasts and an e-commerce area. The first site,, launches in July.
Togglethis, New York, today launches a “toggled” show for New Line Cinema, Los Angeles, to promote Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Delivered to consumers via e-mail, toggled shows are interactive programs or ads that combine the visual experience of TV with the interactivity of the Web. Interactive Austin Powers, a 12-part weekly series, will be accessible at the togglethis site, the Austin Powers Web site, America Online and Lycos.
Santa Monica, Calif.-based music e-‘zine Launch last week began offering the first of three previously unreleased Beastie Boys songs for download. The music files can be played using Microsoft’s Windows Media player. The rap group has pledged to donate $1 per download toward charities supporting Kosovo relief efforts. Separately, Atomic Pop, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Web-based music company, last week made available for download the full-length album of rap group Public Enemy, which can be played by using a2b’s music player or RealNetworks’ new RealJukebox.
FOX, New York, in mid-July will launch The Health Network, providing health information to consumers, physicians and hospitals through an integrated cable/Internet media platform. The Health Network was formed through the merger of health and medical cable network America’s Health Network, consumer-health Web site AHN.COM and FOX’s fit tv, a fitness and healthy lifestyle cable network