IQ News: bits

Universal Music Group and BMG Entertainment, both New York, unveiled a joint e-commerce site,, which links to both Universal’s site and BMG’s existing genre-specific sites Peeps Republic, BUGJuice, Rock Universe, Twang This! and Connect2Music.
MSN Hotmail, San Jose, Calif., last week rolled out localized versions of its free e-mail service in French, German and Japanese.
Adsmart NetFuerza, the Hispanic-targeted ad network division of Andover, Mass.-based Adsmart, added over 30 Web sites to its roster, including the Spanish-language version of, Internet directory Latin, Peru Online, Latino, Brasil Online and Musica Cubana.
Hollywood Online, Santa Monica, Calif., launched an in-theatre ad campaign. A new animated trailer called “Love at First Site” will run before shows on more than 18,000 screens for a 10-week flight.
Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, tapped New York multimedia shop Razorfish to do online development for the expansion of Britannica’s Web service. Razorfish will be responsible for the major development functions associated with the site, including design, information architecture and database integration.
Toronto-based, a companionship destination, launched an associate program to drive traffic to its site. Associates receive commissions on any business generated by guests who came from the associate’s site., a San Francisco-based natural health e-commerce site, this week links its HealthPlanner personalization tool to a new product offering. Consumers who use the HealthPlanner will be offered a tailored regimen of Everyday Solution Packs, which are vitamin and mineral supplements.
IQ’s April 5 issue misspelled Procter & Gamble and incorrectly identified Disney as a sponsor of P&G’s new Cheer Fun Factory site.