New CPEX consortium creates privacy standard

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Online business and customer applications vendors today will announce they have formed the Customer Profile Exchange working group. CPEX has developed a standard, privacy-enabled way for online businesses to share customer profiles internally or externally. Charter members include Andromedia,, Compaq Computer Corp., DoubleClick, Engage Technologies, Fujitsu Software Corp., Harte-Hanks, IBM Corp., NetGravity, Oracle Corp., Sun/Netscape Alliance and Vignette Corp. The standard integrates online and offline data with a description of a customer so all parts of a company have one profile of their online customers. While the idea of sharing information seems at odds with the privacy debate in Washington, CPEX claims to be pro-privacy and says it will help businesses uniformly implement safeguards.

Lycos turns up the dial to expand music offerings

Lycos today unveils Lycos Music (, a site that ties together and enhances the portal's various music offerings, from its MP3 player and search services to its online radio network. Until now, "there's not a single site that pulls it all together," said Mary Murphy, senior VP-marketing of Lycos Music. Lycos is partnering with, which provides a directory of MP3 music files, to complement its MP3 search. Other new services include hosting MP3 sites through a partnership with Lycos' Angelfire home-page site, CD reviews as well as CD sales through a partnership with Barnes & Noble's The new service will be promoted throughout the Lycos Network and on search results from Lycos and HotBot, which it acquired this year. Lycos and HotBot handle 15 million music-related searches every month, Ms. Murphy said, noting that MP3 is the second-most frequently submitted query.

Adauction embarks on search for new CEO announced last week it hired a search firm to find a CEO to succeed Chris Redlitz. But what will Mr. Redlitz's new title be and why is he stepping down as CEO? The answer is unclear. "I am one of the founders and thought we needed to bring in a strong media operational person. That's what we are looking for," he said. Mr. Redlitz would not comment on whether he'll stay with or leave the media-buying site. "We are still determining how to structure [the company's management]," he said, adding that his status is "something we are working through. Getting a new CEO in is the No. 1 priority for us now." In the meantime, Mr. Redlitz said the company is actively pursuing going public. "We are obviously moving in the direction of an IPO."

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