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In a bid to continue its expansion into Europe AGENCY.COM has taken a significant minority investment position in Pictoris Interactive SA, the French interactive agency.

Oce has announced the launch of its Oce 9600 wide format multi- functional system which is designed for high performance engineering print applications.

Evolutionary Technologies International has announced plans to launch a European services division to provide value-added consulting, certification and training in the use of the ETI EXTRACT Tool Suite to their customers and clients.

A separate publishing label has been formed by Revolution Software which is aimed at bringing top quality games to youngsters without the usual patronising manner found in so many software titles aimed at kids, it is claimed.

Link Microtek has announced the immediate availability of the SGA-6386 cascadable 50c amplifier. Using the new silicon- germanium building blocks the amplifier is designed for operation over the frequency range of DC to 3GHz. This makes it ideal, claim Link Microtek, for any hand-held low voltage device.

In a bid to provide a 24x7 service for its major business applications the Bank of Scotland has chosen IBM to underpin its Continuous Availability Programme.

The Excel Partnership has been chosen by the QuEST Forum to be a sanctioned provider responsible for the design, development and delivery of the new TL 9000 training course.

Internet market research company the Online Research Agency has predicted rapid take-up of ADSL in the UK with the forthcoming roll-out of BT's ADSL services.

Advance-Galatrek has announced the immediate availability of LinkUPS, an early warning system that connects a UPS to a 24 hour monitoring station, enabling quick and efficient remidial action.

Australian Compaq solutions integrator Integrand Solutions has been acquired by Avnet Inc, a global distributor of electronic components and computer products and service, and the new company will now be called Avnet Integrand.

Telcordia Technologies Inc and Globalport have won a contract to create and generate a centralised, third-party database for the provision of geographic and non-geographic number portability between telecom operators in Belgium.

Nortel network solutions provider Nortel Data has signed a memorandum of understanding with VIAG Interkom, a provider of voice, data and Internet services, to supply call centre applications to the German market.

NCR Networking Solution has opened a new European multi-service networking centre in London, UK that will offer evaluations of the systems required by an organisation to implement a progression to convergence of data, voice and video networking.

In a US$15m deal the Guillemot Corporation has acquired US game controller group ThrustMaster, including brand-name, products, patents and designs.

Powernet Telecom, an independent Internet backbone provider in the UK has invested GBP5m in a new network operations centre at the Telecity Manchester Science Park.

Comtec Cable Accessories Ltd has signed an outsourcing agreement with UK company Telewest Communications and will handle the ordering, storage and supply of components for Telewest.

In a project valued at GBP150k Pinacl Communications Systems Ltd and Spectrum Projects Ltd have installed BICC Gigaplus cabling at Druid System's advanced call centre in Reading, UK.

Taylor Nelson Sofres, a marketing information group, and Net Value, a French Internet panel company, have entered into a new partnership under which Taylor Nelson will implement and manage Netvalue Internet panels.

MGt Ltd and VersaTel Telecom International NV, a provider on data, voice and Internet service in the Benelux, have formed a partnership which will see the two companies jointly design, outfit and operate two dedicated customer care facilities.

City business Systems, an IT services specialist based in the Midlands, UK has launched 'CBS Mission Critical Computing' an initiative designed to educate businesses about the damage caused by data loss and computer system down time.

Atlantic Telecom has awarded a US$10.3m contract for the provision of fixed wireless access solution to subscribers in Scotland to InnoWave ECI Telecom Wireless Systems Ltd, which will use ECI Telecom Inc's InnoWave MultiGain Wireless Local Loop solution for the project.

British Airways is implementing marketing automation software called Prime Vantage by Prime Response to manage its customer communications through its Ocean Wave database project.

Woolwich, a UK provider of financial services and products, has chosen to implement IBM's Personal Communications 4.2 software, which it will run on OS/2 and Windows NT.

Mocrosoft Corp has awarded a contract for continuing localisation work on projects such as Microsoft, Encarta Encyclopaedia in multiple languages, Microsoft Network, Games, Microsoft Works and Microsoft Money to Lernout & Hauspie.

Vitrual, a European Internet service company, has opened a new office in Milan, Italy.

The semiconductor business at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has been awarded an 'Excellent Company Bonus' equivalent to 5% in annual premiums from a French re-insurer, and will also feature in the Guinness Book of Records for achieving the world's longest safety record.

BUF Technology has supplied Leitch Technology Corp with hardware for the FORCE user interface which is used by officials to review play in the NFL's Instant Replay Challenge.

Lexmark International recently provided PCs, printers and installation support to the RAF at this year's Royal International Air Tattoo to ensure smooth running for the RAF Fairford-based air show.
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