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Internet Broadcasting Systems, a company that partners with broadcasters to build out local TV stations' Web sites, on Oct. 30 announces ad packages that bring in nearly $1 million to partner stations KMBC-TV, Kansas City, Mo., and WESH-TV, Orlando. shut down after failing to raise new money, joining Urbanfetch as casualties in the field of local delivery-service sites. MyLackey and Urbanfetch were the subject of a critical opinion column in Ad Age (Aug. 21).

We're hiring. We're firing: Even as word spread the week of Oct. 23 that Internet Appliance Network was scaling down, the outfit had 20 job postings on its site. "Our goal," the site explained, "is to make the Internet so compelling that people will never leave." Except for staffers IAN asks to leave. "We are in the process of restructuring ourselves as a technology and development/integration company," a spokesman said. "As a result, the New York office will be closed as of Nov. 1; mostly in New York we have sales, marketing and admen."

Free-shipping woes?: The week of Oct. 23 healthcare commerce site HealthCentral acquired, a beauty and drugstore e-tailer. launched last year with an aggressive campaign, promising lifetime free shipping to charter customers and a freeze on certain product prices.Gardner Geary Coll, San Francisco, handled the campaign.

Copyright October 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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