IQ News: bits

-NBC, New York, and Family Education Company, Boston, have signed a two-year partnership to create a local school information
service on the NBC Interactive Neighborhood network. “NBC Schools” will connect users to their local school’s Web site and
provide links to third-party educational resources on the Web.

-Bacardi, Miami, announced the launch of its global Web site last week, the first consumer brand to use Thinkmap technology as an online navigational device. Separately, Dole Food Co.’s new Web site made its debut last week, featuring recipes and nutritional information. The redesigned site for the Westlake Village, Calif.-based company, was created by Portland, Ore.-based CyberSight.

-MatchLogic, the Westminster, Co.-based integrated digital marketing services firm owned by Excite, introduced a new patent-pending service last week that allows
Internet advertisers and Web sites to deliver different versions of advertising and content to users with varying connection speeds. The service, called SpeedSelect, identifies user bandwidth capabilities in real time.

-SonicNet, the New York and San Francisco-based site which focuses on rock music, launched last week as an anchor tenant on America Online’s Music Channel, joining Rolling Stone, Music Boulevard and MTV. SonicNet’s content will be supplemented with special events during the AOL launch. SonicNet is owned by TCI Music.

-America Online, Bell Atlantic and GTE
Directories last week announced an agreement naming Bell Atlantic’s and GTE’s new online Yellow Pages database as the Yellow Pages service to AOL, AOL.COM and AOL’s Digital City. The three-year agreement guarantees payments to Dulles, Va.-based AOL of $31 million in a combination of ad sales and distribution revenue. Bell Atlantic and GTE operate the BigYellow and GTE SuperPages online directories, respectively.

-This is the last print edition of IQ News this calendar year. Our next issue will appear on Monday, Jan. 4, 1999. In the meantime, look for interactive news on the Web site.

-IQ is gathering revenue figures from interactive agencies for its Top 50 list. To receive a questionnaire, e-mail Jim English at
jenglish The form also will be available online at Submissions are due by Dec. 29.