SOFTWARE ETC. SUPERSTORE TRIES CD-ROM DEMO KIOSKS; LABATT TAKES STAKE IN NTN CANADA; TIMES MIRROR LIKES VIDEOGAMES; WOODSTOCK FANS GO ONLINE; OTHER NEWS:

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The Software Etc. computer software superstore chain late last month started testing interactive kiosks that demonstrate CD-ROMs. Consumers in one Minneapolis store can sample software from several marketers before they buy it. Tobin, Erdman & Jacobsen, a Minneapolis interactive communications company, designed the kiosks. They may be rolled out to some of Software Etc.'s other 350 stores after the test.

Labatt Communications, a unit of Canada's John Labatt Ltd., said it would acquire a 35% stake in NTN Canada, a provider of interactive TV programming to bars and restaurants. NTN said it would use proceeds from the deal to extend its programming throughout Canada and into homes via relationships with Labatt's Sports Network, the French-language Le Reseau des Sports and Discovery Channel Canada. NTN is a licensee of the U.S. company NTN Communications; Labatt is an owner of the Toronto Blue Jays and other sports properties.

Times Mirror Co. last week made an equity investment in software start-up company Rocket Science Games, continuing its aggressive efforts to build a multimedia stable. Rocket Science will release its first two games this fall and is Times Mirror's fourth multimedia investment, following Ehrlich Multimedia, Digital Pictures and Allen Communications. Separately, Michael G. Rose was named CEO of Times Mirror Multimedia, Los Angeles, a new post, from VP-new business development, Times Mirror Cable Television.

Woodstock fans can groove to a new forum on America Online. The forum, designed in conjunction with interactive ad agency Modem Media, South Norwalk, Conn., and Access Info, a grassroots bulletin board service based in Woodstock, N.Y., offers text, graphics and photos from Woodstock '94 and information on the town of Woodstock.

Alan Baratz, 39, was named CEO of Delphi Internet Services, from director of strategic development at IBM Corp. Mr. Baratz succeeds Dan Bruns, who was named chairman, a new post. ... Consumers this month will get a sneak preview of Virgin Interactive Entertainment's "The Jungle Book" videogame at 500 Blockbuster Video and 300 Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores equipped with NewLeaf Entertainment's reprogrammable cartridge technology.

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