IQ News: deadline

New PointCast Spots
PointCast has announced it will only carry ads created with Macromedia’s Flash
technology, beginning with PointCast’s version 2.0, which launches in fourth quarter. Flash technology allows commercials to run in full motion, but are not time-intensive to produce.

Excite’s Ticket Window
Search engine Excite will integrate Ticketmaster listings and ticketing services on Excite.com’s travel, sports and entertainment channels in a one-year cross promotion deal. The two companies will build co-branded Web pages for events listings and ticket sales on Excite.com. Sales transactions take place on Ticketmaster’s site.

Sprint’s Talking
Sprint Internet Passport has expanded its content offerings, partnering with Austin, Texas-based ichat Inc. and CNET’s Snap! Online. Passport users will be able to download ichat software via a direct link from the ISP’s home page. Sprint-branded chat areas are planned.

HotWired Rewired
Wired Digital, the electronic publishing division of Wired Ventures, will relaunch HotWired this week, with version 4.0. The new HotWired is streamlined compared to previous versions, because it does not include plug-ins that slowed down the loading of the site.