skirmish enters new round
The feud between high-tech publishers CMP Publications and Ziff-Davis Publishing remains at full boil. On May 25, New York state Supreme Court Judge Ira Gasserman refused to grant a temporary restraining order sought by Ziff that would have blocked Beth Haggerty from returning to CMP as publisher of Net Guide, a rival to Ziff's newly launched ZD Internet Life. Ms. Haggerty left CMP a year ago to become publisher of Ziff's Interactive Week. The judge did issue a temporary restraining order barring Ms. Haggerty from disclosing to CMP any info about the ZD Internet Life launch. On May 26, Ziff raided CMP to sign CommunicationsWeek Editor in Chief Jake Kirchner to be editor of the Ziff flagship PC Magazine.
Delahaye Group, Portsmouth, N.H., and Internet Media Services teamed to market NetBench, an Internet auditing, measurement and reporting service. NetBench evaluates who is visiting an Internet site, how often, and what is being said about a company in online buleeting boards.