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Week of June 4, 1998
Issue 22, Volume III
I> NEWS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
--1. Leaders See Big Future For E-Commerce, Differ On Shape
--2. Not Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Dark Of Net ...
--3. Raspberry-Filled Networking
--4. To Be Referred To, Hereinafter, As "The Transcript"
II> REGIONAL NETPRENEURS
--1. Gentlemen, Start Your Search Engines
--2. Produce Online Surveys More Easily
--3. Get Some Help With Customer Complaints
--4. Web-Based Network Management From Loran
--5. Congressional Quarterly Launches Politics for Pros
--6. COS Expands University Network Database to Australia
--7. Infocall To Supply Staffing Services To The State Department
--8. Bell Atlantic To Offer Home ADSL Service
III> PARTNERSHIPS
--1. Excalibur and Sybase Deliver Video Retrieval Solution
--2. Disclosure Provides Finance Information For AOL
--3. COMTEX In Deals With InfoSpace And Inquisit
--4. Hughes Networks Teams With Torrent For IP Routing
--5. DIDAX Inc. And CareerMosaic Help Online Job Seekers
IV> CONSTRUCTION CREWS
-- Who's Bringing Whom To The Web? HomeCom
IV> FUNDING & FINANCE NEWS
--1. CDnow Acquires Supersonic Boom
--2. Online Monitoring Services Lands Venture Funding
--3. Tellabs Acquires Ciena

>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<< I> News About The Program
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1. LEADERS SEE BIG FUTURE FOR E-COMMERCE, DIFFER ON SHAPE
More than 700 people attended An Evening With The Stars of E-commerce last
night, plus others who participated in the webcast. The reason was clear:
the future of the field is as enticing as it is contentious. The
five-member panel included seasoned entrepreneurs who have launched
multiple start-ups, including John Backus, President & CEO of InteliData
Technologies Corp.; Bill Gorog, Chairman of the Board of InteliData and
developer of Lexis-Nexis; Jack McDonnell, President & CEO of Transaction
Network Services, Inc.; Bill Melton, CEO of CyberCash, Inc.; Mark Walsh,
President & CEO of VerticalNet, Inc.; as well as moderator Gary Arlen,
President of Arlen Communications Inc. Read a recap of the event at:

http://netpreneur.org/ecommerce

and look for a full transcript and on-demand video available next week.
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2. NOT RAIN, NOR SLEET, NOR DARK OF NET ...
Thanks to our pals at L-Soft international, Inc. in Landover, MD, we'll be
able  to provide you with faster and better mail delivery services--
including those for Netpreneur News and the discussion groups. L-Soft has
most graciously provided us with their LISTSERV mailing list management
program and LSMTP mail delivery program, both of which will allow us to
move to a much higher class of service.

You'll see a few changes as we implement the new system over the next
week-- most are minor and will involve changes to the email addresses for
the different discussion lists and broadcasts and changes to the message
archiving process. Netpreneur News will begin coming from a new address,
but please continue to send all news, announcements and suggestions to
editor@netpreneur.org, even after the change, just as you do now.

An fyi, by the way, our little community of Netpreneur News readers is
getting not-so-little.  As of this morning, we have 5078 subscribers. We
appreciate your interest.

L-Soft: http://www.lsoft.com
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3. RASPBERRY-FILLED NETWORKING
A quick reminder that on June 11th, Coffee & DoughNets goes both late night
and to Baltimore. For those new to the Netpreneur Program, Coffee &
Doughnets is a (usually) monthly, (usually) morning, (always) casual
networking event where netpreneurs gather to meet, share knowledge and
compare notes. Some 150-250 normally attend, and they fill up fast, so we
encourage you to register early.

Register for Coffee & DoughNets: http://netpreneur.org/doughnets
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4. TO BE REFERRED TO, HEREINAFTER, AS "THE TRANSCRIPT"
What are the legal issues most often encountered by netpreneurs starting
their businesses? Netpreneurs had a chance to ask the experts recently at a
panel discussion on issues including Choosing The Entity, Tax Treatments,
Corporate Governance, Stock Compensation, Intellectual Property and
Employment Agreements. Now you can read the transcript of that event,
produced in conjunction with the law firm of Covington & Burling. Find
Business Law For The Start-Up Netpreneur" from the FAQtory at:

http://netpreneur.org/FAQtory

>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<< II> Regional Netpreneurs
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1. GENTLEMEN, START YOUR SEARCH ENGINES
(Rockville, MD) The Simulated Hotrod Association (SHRA) is an Internet drag
racing league, dedicated to racing "BURNOUT: Championship Drag Racing"
created by Hot Rod Magazine and Bethesda Softworks. BURNOUT is a simulation
of Sportsman Class drag racing, available at MPlayer.com, a free gaming
site with over 700,000 members created by Mountain View, CA-based Mpath
Interactive. MPlayer Gold Members currently have access to BURNOUT, with
general public participation to begin in two weeks. Hundreds of drivers
have signed up to date at the SHRA site. Bethesda Softworks is the third
largest privately held publisher of PC entertainment software.

Bethesda Softworks: http://www.bethsoft.com
SHRA: http://www.shra.com
MPlayer: http://www.mplayer.com
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2. PRODUCE ONLINE SURVEYS MORE EASILY
(Ashburn, VA) JDJ Software, Inc. announced the public availability of
WebSurveyor for Windows, beta release 2 with plans for a mid-June release.
WebSurveyor is a tool for building, distributing, collecting and analyzing
surveys over the Internet. The complete package, which provides users with
the ability to build unlimited surveys for unlimited users, includes
several Web server extensions. In addition, JDJ Software will provide
survey collection services for users who do not have access to a Web
server. Find the beta 2 release at the company's site.

JDJ Software: http://www.websurveyor.com
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3. GET SOME HELP WITH CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS
If you buy from a vendor who fails to deliver, send CheckVendor the
complaint. CheckVendor is an Internet-based service founded to provide
buyers with service performance information about sellers and to provide a
forum where buyers and sellers can resolve disputes. CheckVendor opens a
dialogue with the vendor and, if there is no reconciliation after 30 days,
they post it on the Internet. There are four elements of the CheckVendor
service: a national vendor-performance repository; a mechanism to research
vendor service performance history; a means for consumers to proclaim their
satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a vendor; and facilitation of dispute
resolution between consumer and vendor. The new company says its goal is to
create a community to promote good businesses both on and off the Internet.
Customers will include both individual and corporate users.

CheckVendor: http://www.checkvendor.com
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4. WEB-BASED NETWORK MANAGEMENT FROM LORAN
(Vienna, VA) Loran Technologies, Inc. shipped its new network management
"appliance," called Kinnetics Network Manager. The product is a pre-built
Web server that uses industry-standard network management data to find
broken gear quickly. The user interface is a standard Web browser which
allows network administrators to perform tasks from anywhere in the
enterprise. Kinnetics requires no other software utilities. It
automatically creates a real-time, port-to-port physical map and inventory
of every networked device, regardless of manufacturer. It pinpoints faults,
determines health throughout a heterogeneous network and identifies
equipment changes as they occur. The company says it is the first time a
single network management solution provides such benefits without requiring
the integration of vendor-specific device managers.

Loran: http://www.loran.com
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5. CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY LAUNCHES POLITICS FOR PROS
(Washington, DC) Congressional Quarterly, Inc. launched CQ Politics for
Pros, a new Web-based information service geared to political
professionals. The service combines CQ's specialized news and analysis,
with research tools and ad tracking information, including storyboards from
the top 75 media markets. CQ Politics for Pros is designed to provide
campaign managers, political consultants, lobbyists, PAC executives and
issue advocates with news, campaign information and analysis about
political races from a single source, including coverage from Campaigns &
Elections Insider, Frontrunner and Competitive Media Analysis Group.

Congressional Quarterly: http://politics.cq.com
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6. COS EXPANDS UNIVERSITY NETWORK DATABASE TO AUSTRALIA
(Baltimore, MD) Community of Science, Inc., (COS), announced the first in a
planned series of international expansions of its university network
database. The new venture, to be developed by COS in conjunction with the
Australian Technology Park (ATP) of Sydney, will create a collaborative
network of leading research universities in Australia. COS Australia will
help the country's universities develop a nationwide knowledge management
system to facilitate academic and industry interactions. COS will provide
its Web publishing tools to the project, as well access to information
contained in COS Expertise, a database that details personal researcher
profiles from over 200 universities in the US and Canada. The Australian
Technology Park is an R&D commercialization campus owned by the University
of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and the University of
Technology, Sydney.

Community of Science: http://www.cos.com
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7. INFOCALL TO SUPPLY STAFFING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT
(Vienna, VA) Internet-based staffing and employee leasing service, Infocall
Communications Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: INFE) said it has been named as
the subcontractor for a Department of State staffing program by Milvets,
Inc. of Lanham, MD. The initial contract value is $3 million over a 5-year
period, with "open end" provisions for expansion with an estimated value of
$10-$15 million with future modifications. Through the program, Infocall
and Milvets will provide contract employees to the State Department for
positions in the US and abroad. A special high-security computer system and
personnel database has been designed and deployed by Milvets as a component
of the program.

Infocall: http://www.infocall
Milvets: http://www.milvets.com
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8. BELL ATLANTIC TO OFFER HOME ADSL SERVICE
(Washington, DC) Bell Atlantic will roll out a new "always-on," high-speed
Internet access service starting this September for consumers and home
workers in several mid-Atlantic markets. The Internet link will always be
available at the click of a mouse with no dialing and no busy signals.
Deployment of the new suite of InfoSpeed access services, powered by
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology, will begin in the DC,
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas in September. New Jersey's
Hudson River waterfront will follow in October, with New York City and
Boston coming online next year. ADSL will "supercharge" an existing phone
line to provide connections ranging from 640 Kbps to 7.1 Mbps -- up to
250 times faster than a 28.8 Kbps modem.

Bell Atlantic: http://www.bellatlantic.net

>>>>>>><<<<<< III> Partnerships
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1. EXCALIBUR AND SYBASE DELIVER VIDEO RETRIEVAL SOLUTION
(Vienna, VA) Excalibur Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: EXCA) and Emeryville,
CA-based Sybase, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYBS) announced an alliance in which the two
companies will offer an end-to-end solution for capturing, analyzing,
screening, searching and retrieving all types of video and related
closed-caption text and metadata over the Internet, intranets or extranets.
Excalibur Screening Room will serve as a major component of Sybase's Media
Asset Management Solution. The offering will be jointly marketed and sold
to Sybase developers and users with Sybase and Excalibur each selling their
respective technology. Excalibur is a developer of knowledge retrieval
software.

Excalibur: http://www.excalib.com
Sybase: http://www.sybase.com
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2. DISCLOSURE PROVIDES FINANCE INFO FOR AOL
(Bethesda, MD) Disclosure Inc. will offer financial information in AOL's
Personal Finance Channel. Disclosure will be the primary provider of SEC
documents including EDGAR filings, which comprise less than 40% of all SEC
form types. Other SEC documents include: insider trading filings,
international company filings, broker/dealer forms, and many annual
reports. These filings will be available on AOL within the recently
expanded Investment Research area of the Personal Finance Channel. Since
1995, Disclosure has been supplying AOL a subset of its EDGAR database,
primarily 10-Ks and 10-Qs, on a 30-day delayed basis. With this expanded
relationship, AOL members can access Disclosure's full EDGAR repository
24-hours after the filings are submitted to the SEC. In addition, AOL
members will have the ability to receive financial information on US and
international companies in newly redesigned formats provided through
Disclosure and its Worldscope database. Disclosure is a subsidiary of
Primark Corp.

Disclosure: http://www.disclosure.com
America Online: http://www.aol.com
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3. COMTEX IN DEALS WITH INFOSPACE AND INQUISIT
(Alexandria, VA) COMTEX Scientific Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: CMTX)
announced that its Newsroom products are now available within Redmond,
WA-based InfoSpace's News Break area. COMTEX is an aggregator, integrator
and syndicator of financial and business newswires. InfoSpace is a
prominent Internet information directory. The company also announced that
20 of its newswires have been chosen by personal news and information
service, Inquisit, Inc. of San Francisco, CA. Inquisit gives business
people "persistent agents" that monitor hundreds of sources and deliver
relevant, timely articles via email, pager or cell phone.

COMTEX: http://www.comtexnews.com
Inquisit: http://www.inquisit.com
InfoSpace: http://www.infospace.com
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4. HUGHES NETWORKS TEAMS WITH TORRENT FOR IP ROUTING
(Germantown, MD) Hughes Network Systems (HNS) announced that a complete
suite of Internet protocol (IP) services for the carrier and service
provider markets has been added to its Radiant product family. The expanded
solution is the result of an OEM and joint marketing agreement with Silver
Spring, MD-based Torrent Networking Technologies. Torrent brings gigabit IP
routing technology that delivers IP at OC-3 and OC-12 speeds at 20 times
the price/performance ratio of the current industry leaders.

Hughes Network Systems: http://www.hns.com
Torrent: http://www.torrentnet.com
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5. DIDAX INC. AND CAREERMOSAIC HELP ONLINE JOB SEEKERS
(Chantilly, VA) DIDAX Inc. (Nasdaq: AMEN), creator of CCN: The Christian
Community Network announced a strategic alliance with CareerMosaic. The new
co-branded alliance, scheduled to launch in early summer, will provide job
posting referral fees to DIDAX and CareerMosaic's employment features to
CCN's job seekers and recruiters. Features include: more than 70,000 job
listings, online job fairs, more than 60,000 resumes and research tools

CCN: http://www.christcom.net
CareerMosaic: http://www.careermosaic.com

>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<< IV> Construction Crews
WHO'S BRINGING WHOM TO THE WEB?

HomeCom Communications, Inc. ( http://www.homecom.com ) will design and
develop an e-commerce and customer care Web site for Excalibur Technologies
Corp. of Vienna, VA. HomeCom has previously assisted in Excalibur's
deployment of an enterprise Virtual Private Network.

>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<< V> Funding & Finance News
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1. CDNOW ACQUIRES SUPERSONIC BOOM
(Vienna, VA) Jenkintown, PA-based CDnow, Inc., (NASDAQ: CDNW), the
Internet's largest music store, announced the acquisition of superSonic
BOOM which offers customized CDs on the Internet. superSonic BOOM has
licensed nearly 60,000 titles, 12,000 of which comprise the current online
catalog. In addition, superSonic BOOM has a diverse base of corporate
clients, including Maxim Magazine, Burly Bear Network, WKTU and Dance Music
Authority Magazine, who use the service for promotional purposes.
superSonic BOOM will be incorporated into CDnow operations and continue to
work in tandem with record companies and corporate clients on specific
promotions. Additionally, CDnow will expand marketing of the customized and
full-length products through its relationships, including exclusive
agreements with Yahoo!, Excite, GeoCities, WebCrawler, Lycos/Tripod,
Rolling Stone Network and MTV/VH1.

superSonic BOOM: http://www.supersonicboom.com
CDnow: http://cdnow.com
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2. ONLINE MONITORING SERVICES LANDS VENTURE FUNDING
(Arlington, VA) Online Monitoring Services (OMS) said it has closed in
excess of $3 million in venture funding with four investors, including
Lazard Technology Partners as the lead investor, B. Perry Investments,
Capital/Investors L.L.C. and Graystone Venture Direct Equity. The
investment will allow the company to build upon its existing technology and
expand marketing activity. OMS searches the Web for copyrighted material
and trademark infringement. Clients include Time Inc.-New Media, the
National Basketball Association, the Software Publishers Association and
the Motion Picture Association of America.

Online Monitoring Services: http://www.omservices.com.
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3. TELLABS ACQUIRES CIENA
(Linthicum, MD) The Washington Post reports on yesterday's announcement
of Lisle, IL-based Tellabs, Inc.'s $7.1 billion acquisition of Ciena, Corp.
Find the two stories at:

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/washtech/features/060498ciena.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/washtech/daily/june98/060498ciena.htm






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