IQ News: Deadline

Sources said the next departure at HotWired will be Andrew Anker, publisher of the technology-centric Web site owned by Wired Ventures, San Francisco. A company representative denied any possible management changes, though sources said most day-to-day duties have been assumed by Beth Vanderslice, president of Wired Digital, the division that houses HotWired. Anker’s would be the most high-profile departure since David Weir, managing director, was laid off in November’s 20 percent reduction of Wired Digital’s staff.

AT&T, a sponsor of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, will launch a banner campaign and online sweepstakes this week on more than two dozen sports sites. The AT&T Olympic Trading Card Program requires participants to collect virtual trading cards of past and present Olympic athletes for a chance to win a trip to Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Summer Games.

RelevantKnowledge has reported that 24 percent more users are online than were in August, the last time the Atlanta-based firm conducted a study of the total Web audience. Its December and January polling also showed that of the now 55.4 million users online, 57 percent of them are male.