Amazon.com, Seattle, officially crossed over last week from being Earth's Biggest Bookstore to Books, Music & More, in launching an online music store. The new store lives alongside the bookstore at Amazon.com.
Think New Ideas, New York, last week acquired Atlanta-based interactive agency Interweb for $11 million, mostly in Think common stock. Interweb will merge with Think's Atlanta office. Combined revenues for last year were $23.9 million.
LinkExchange, San Francisco, created a free service, SiteInspector, that rates and evaluates Web sites in seven categories. Users enter a Web address at www.siteinspector.com, and the service checks the site for browser compatibility, broken links, HTML design and accuracy, spelling errors, search engine readiness, popularity and load time at common connection speeds.
Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif., is running a World Cup sponsorship on the PointCast Network through July 15. HP will run a banner on soccer content on the Sports channel and on the SmartScreen, and produce a 30-second commercial for the Companies and News channels.
Atlanta-based Web measurement firm RelevantKnowledge will this week introduce an enhanced media planning application for customers. Web Report 2.0 permits users to pull customized Web metrics off its site. It is available to Web Report customers at no extra cost.
Studio Archetype, San Francisco, has created a new service for United Parcel Service, Atlanta, called UPS Document Exchange. The service will provide secure electronic document delivery over the Internet.
With consultation help from Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., five semifinalists are now vying for agency of record for Hewlett-Packard's Hardcopy Products Group. They are: Agency.com, Strategic Interactive Group, Adjacency, Novo-Ironlight and US Web/Ikonic. Each of the finalists is either based in or has an office in San Francisco. The victor will manage and design the HP division's site.
IQ is currently gathering information to update its chart of the 50 top interactive advertising agencies, ranked by revenue. Agencies that wish to be part of the next ranking should send an email to Jim English at jenglish adweek.com to receive an online copy of the current questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 29.