High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses
the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.
FUSION BOND: Miami-based Fusion Networks announced
a pact with MVS Internet in Mexico. The arrangement calls for Fusion to provide
software and services to MVS clients seeking assistant with website development.
Fusion reports that MVS claimed more than $500 million in revenues in 1999. Gary
M. Goldfarb, Fusion CEO, said the deal "demonstrates the effectiveness of
our software delivery chain." Details: (305) 477-6701.
E-WATCH DOG: YourCongress dot-com promises to keep
its congressional watch e-mail service rolling after reporting success in metering
out the deliberation details delegate by delegate during the past session in Washington.
The service means users can be notified whenever a chosen representative or senator
shoots off their mouth in session. Site spokesman John Lacey says more than nine
of 10 who sign up for the service "are ordinary citizens who just want to
know what's going on in Washington." Details: YourCongress.com.
E-AFRICA: Africa Online has been founded in Kenya
and is focusing on two major markets Egypt and South Africa, says Afri-Commerce,
a newsletter about Africa published by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce compiled
from other sources. Africa Online has plans to wire the African continent "from
head to toe," the bulletin says, and has connected almost 100,000 clients
during the past two years. A deal with Barclays, Britain's fourth-largest bank,
finances the endeavor through principal investor African Lakes, which is now listed
on both the London and Nairobi stock exchanges. Details: Priscilla Ferreira, (305)
HEALTHSTAR PACT: Aventura-based HealthStar Corp. announced
a pact with Assured Digital Inc., which offers private networks for B2B
business to business communications over the public Internet. "We
are excited," said Edward M. Chism, HealthStar CEO, "to offer HealthStar
shareholders the opportunity to participate in this rapidly growing area of Internet
infrastructure space." The deal is subject, he said, to a number of "customary
conditions," including a government OK.
CUSTOM REEBOK: Reebok is promoting its site, reebok.com
as the place to turn to personalize a fitness program. Vice President Kathy O'Connell
says the site serves Reebok as a new marketing platform while users can get a
customized workout program based on their responses to the questions asked at
COMING UP WITH ANSWERS: Miami's Answerthink Inc. announced
a pact with BAX Global, a $2.1 billion worldwide transportation and logistics
firm that calls for Answerthink to assist the company in building an Internet
system that will handle such things as orders, integration, scheduling, planning