IQ News: bits

-JWT Digital, New York, the interactive arm of agency J. Walter Thompson, today launches a micro-site and banner campaign for Qwest Communications International, Denver. The work, aimed at both consumers and business prospects, promotes Qwest’s bandwidth capabilities and Cyber.Solutions, its joint venture with KPMG that provides Internet-based application hosting and management services. The campaign is the first online work Qwest has outsourced. Parent JWT launched a TV campaign for Qwest in March., San Francisco, this week launches a corporate gift site. Brands include Bulova, Swiss Army, Cross, Dean & Deluca and The North Face. Gifts include accessories, apparel, food, gadgets, books, activities and flowers.

-New York-based financial news Web site today launches its SmartMoney University, a virtual university offering free interactive courses on finances and investing. It will include all the features and tools available on the main site, which is undergoing a site redesign.

-Tinton Falls, N.J.-based Batnet1, an Internet affinity marketer, inked new agreements with more than 25 online retailers to provide merchandise offers to Batnet1-built marketplaces on various affinity group Web sites.
Merchants include, Big,, Digital Chef and OfficeMax. Batnet1 works with groups like the American Automobile Association, the American Dental Association and the American Federation of Teachers to build private-label e-commerce areas.

-Santa Clara, Calif.-based portal Yahoo! completed the acquisition of, the Dallas audio and video content aggregator. Yahoo! said it will integrate’s streaming capabilities with its user offerings, including the news, finance, sports and auction channels. It will also offer advertisers the opportunity to include audio and video elements in its ads. Yahoo! will continue’s business Webcasting operations as a separate unit called Yahoo! Broadcast Services. Separately, Big Entertainment of Boca Raton, Fla., announced that its e-commerce site has joined Yahoo! Auctions’ dedicated seller program. BigE will offer entertainment memorabilia and other collectible merchandise through Yahoo! Auctions.