IQ News: Bits

The Globe, a community site, plans to launch online store The Globe Marketplace the day after Thanksgiving. The new addition to the main site consists of link agreements with, CDNow, K-Swiss, Simutronics and other online retailers.
Levi Strauss & Co. has selected CKS Partners, Cupertino, Calif., as interactive agency of record for global strategy on its Levi’s, Dockers and Slates brands. CKS prevailed over Digital Evolution, Los Angeles, and Organic Online and Ikonic, both San Francisco.
Warner Music Group launched an online artists’ Web site called ear1 ( that encompasses all the Warner subsidiary labels, including Warner Bros./Reprise, Elektra and Atlantic. The site will house artist information, song clips, contests and chat. CNN Interactive will provide music news on the site. Avalanche Systems, New York, developed the site with Warner.
Wired Digital laid off some 33 employees, reducing its staff to 115 last week. The layoffs are the second round recently, following the pink-slipping of 17 percent of the Wired Ventures unit’s staff earlier this year. Wired Digital produces HotWired, Wired News and search engine HotBot.
Clarification: The “On the Right Path?” story in the Nov. 3 IQ News stated the coordinated January 1998 debut of print and online versions of Time Inc.’s Teen People would be the first simultaneous launch of a magazine. In fact, the publication’s multimedia debut marks a first for Time Warner properties.