3DO Co., Redwood City, Calif., last week said it will offer a PowerPC-based unit to be used with its interactive videogame player, significantly boosting its speed and performance. The M2 Accelerator, due late next year, is expected to help 3DO's Real Interactive Multiplayer compete with the next generation of 64-bit video-game machines arriving in 1995 from Sega, Nintendo and Sony. Sales of 3DO's 32-bit, $499 videogame machine, currently the fastest such machine available, have been slow since its introduction last October. Analysts say the M2 Accelerator may boost sales this fall.
Heidi Diamond was named VP-consumer marketing and sales for Ameritech video and interactive services, Chicago, a new post, from VP-marketing for Nickelodeon in the U.K. ... Geoffrey Darby moved to president of Viacom Interactive Television Services, New York, a new post, from president-programming for Whittle Communications' defunct Medical News Network, Knoxville, Tenn. ... James N. Longson to exec VP-general manager at Compton's NewMedia, Carlsbad, Calif., from senior VP-technology at Compton's parent Tribune Co. Mr. Longson succeeds Compton's founder Norman J. Bastin, who left.
SCTT Interactive's Interactive Index, tracking the aggregate stock performance of 65 new-media companies, closed at 102.61 on Aug. 25, up from 102.58 on Aug. 17. ... Playboy makes its debut on the World Wide Web area of the Internet this week with a retail store selling such products as its "Interview" CD-ROM, electronic datebook and jazz collection. ... Contentware's Shopping2000 CD-ROM catalog will be bundled with 125,000 copies of the October edition of CompuServe's CD-ROM product. ... Random House acquired a stake in CD-ROM publisher Knowledge Adventure, La Crescenta, Calif. ... Columbia Cable of Oregon will join the Portland Project, an interactive TV test from Interactive Systems Inc. scheduled to start early next year.