IQ News: bits

iXL Holdings, parent company of iXL Inc., a full-service interactive company headquartered in Atlanta, has acquired Small World Software, New York, and Green Room, which develops Web sites for the travel and hospitality industries. Small World’s clients include Cox Media, Hearst Publishing, CBS, ABC and Hasbro.
Disinformation, a “subculture” search engine, and Razorfish Studios, the entertainment arm of Razorfish, have entered into a three-year partnership through which Razorfish receives a piece of Disinformation revenue in exchange for the use of Razorfish offices. Razorfish has designed and provided tech support for the Disinformation Web site over the past year.
In an effort to maintain more direct control over its billing practices, MCI, Arlington, Va., has introduced Electronic Invoicing, a service that enables MCI customers to pay their bills on www.mci.com. The program follows a similar move last November by rival AT&T, Basking Ridge, N.J., which allows customers to pay bills via credit cards on the AT&T Web site.
Microsoft travel site Expedia is signing up sites for a new program called Expedia Associates, which provides for a link to Expedia from member sites. Charter members include American Express, Epicurious Travel and Infoseek, among others.
MediaOne, a unit of US West, has entered the online TV listings game with the launch of MediaOne SearchTV through a partnership with Student Net Publishing. Studentnet.com has been rebranded with the MediaOne logo.
AltaVista, Maynard, Mass., has launched a free email service for users, through a partnership with iName. AltaVista’s move follows a similar broadening of services by competitors Yahoo and Excite.
CMG Information Services, a Cambridge, Mass.-based new media holding company, has landed a $10 million investment stake from Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation that allows CMG’s online advertising network, ADSmart, to expand into Japan for the first time.
The latest survey from Cyber Dialogue and Find/SVP, New York, reveals that 36 percent of Internet users who used the Web to find product information ultimately purchased the product from a local store. In general, 75 percent of adults surveyed use the Web to seek out such product information.