Europe Online is in talks with half a dozen potential investors-including two U.S. companies-about buying a stake in the troubled company. Its biggest shareholder and main financial backer, German publisher Burda, announced it is withdrawing funding from the venture. Burda's stake in Europe Online is 26%. Other investors include Pearson and AT&T Corp.
Russell Siegelman, who led the Microsoft Network through its tumultuous launch phase, joined venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner. Mr. Siegelman, former VP of MSN, had his responsibilities reduced in April in a management overhaul. Microsoft vet Laura Jennings succeeded him.
The National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, home of the "milk mustache" print ad campaign, opened a site at http://www.whymilk.com that features images from the campaign, customized diet and nutrition analysis, facts about milk and hotlinks to magazines participating in the mustache ad campaign. ... Nissan Motor Corp. USA opened a site for Infiniti at http://www.infinitimotors.com, drawing heavily on imagery in its new "Thinking of you" brand campaign.
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CNN Interactive will supply news to the PointCast Network, which delivers news, information and entertainment to computers in the form of a screen saver...National Geographic Online (http://www.nationalgeographic.com) signed Apple Computer and the American Plastics Council as charter advertisers.
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