IQ News: bits

-Clear Ink, Walnut Creek, Calif., has been contracted to do several site development projects for Novell, San Jose, Calif. The work, involving extensive reorganization and development of Internet sites for customers and sales staff, will stretch over three months.

-Accrue Software, Sunnyvale, Calif., released Report Wizard, an easier interface for Accrue Insight 2.5, its electronic business analysis tool. The application allows business managers direct access to Accrue information, so they can create their own custom reports.

-Katsin Loeb Advertising, San Francisco, added Versaware Technologies, New York, to its client roster. They will create a consumer ad campaign valued at nearly $5 million for Versaware’s Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia site. It’s the agency’s first e-commerce job.

-Philip H. Dougherty, the legendary advertising columnist for The New York Times, has been memorialized with a Web site chronicling his work and includes tributes from Madison Avenue notables. In 1991, Dougherty became the only journalist to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. The site,, was created by his son, Paul.

-AT&T WorldNet Service and FreeRide Media, New York, have entered into an agreement allowing WorldNet Service subscribers to acquire consumer products, services or pay their monthly Internet access service fee with points from FreeRide’s Web-based loyalty program.

-Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has made American Express the featured card for purchasing travel on travel services. Microsoft also plans to introduce local portal sites of the Microsoft MSN network in 24 countries and regions. They are scheduled to roll out across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America by the end of the year.

-Investment management firm T. Rowe Price, New York, has launched a redesign of its Web site that offers online investors quicker, easier access to information and services. The new site,, was developed by Siegel & Gale Interactive Media Group, New York.

-Internet grocer Peapod, Skokie, Ill., has entered a three-year partnership with The Hearst Corp.’s HomeArts Network, making it the exclusive grocery service promoted on the women’s lifestyle site. HomeArts could earn up to $2.4 million over the term, depending on the number of customers it attracts to Peapod.