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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during March 1998.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Accessing E-mail via Wireless Phones

March 30, 1998 - Nascent Techonologies, Inc. and Qualcomm, a provider of wireless CDMA technology, recently formed a partnership to offer e-mail access via a Web browser using Nascent's Mailspinner technology. Subscribers to Qualcomm's cellular service may read and respond to e-mail using a Qualcomm digital phone that is equipped with a mini-Web browser. Nascent Technologies, Inc. is an Internet software company based in Reston, Virginia. Visit Nascent's Web site for more information on Mailspinner.

Drive for Web Space Donation

March 30, 1998 - One World Media Center, a nonprofit video training center based in Washington, D.C., is holding a drive for donations of Web-page space. The Web space will be used to deliver excerpts of community-created videos made by One World producers. One World will e-mail the compressed video files to participating donors, who then place the videos in their unused Web space. The video clips can be accessed from a One World Web page and viewed online. Visit the One World's Web site for more information.

Resources for Internet Safety

March 27, 1998 - Virginia-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) recently launched "Teen Safety on the Information Highway" and the CyberTipline. "Teen Safety on the Information Highway" is an Internet safety guide for teenagers and parents. NCMEC's CyberTipline is a resource for reporting suspected child abuse or exploitation over the Internet. Visit NCMEC's Web site for more information.

Teaching Kids About Web Surfing

March 23, 1998 - Alexandria, Virginia-based PBS recently launched the PBS TechKnow area of their Web site, which is devoted to helping children become cyberliterate. Available through the PBS Kids neighborhood, PBS TechKnow promotes smart Web surfing by engaging youngsters in activities encouraging them to examine the sites and advertisements they encounter on the Web. Features of the site include a "Rules of the Road" quiz where children may obtain a "Web License" and an essay and Web design contest in which participants have a chance to win a trip to American Experience summer camps.

ThePartyDigest Offers Free E-mail Party List

March 24, 1998ThePartyDigest is a Northern Virginia-based entertainment marketing and publishing firm that promotes parties in the Greater Washington region. Parties range from black-tie galas to happy hours, wine tastings and restaurant and nightclub openings. Visitors to ThePartyDigest's Web site may join a free weekly e-mail list of events or subscribe to a fee-based detailed newsletter of area parties taking place every night. In addition, the site contains information on available package plans that include free admission to local events/parties and a free subscription to the Digest's newsletter. Visit ThePartyDigest Web site for more information and to view a sample issue of ThePartyDigest newsletter.

Area Firms to Market Publishing Software

March 23, 1998 - Balmar Inc. and Electric Press recently signed an agreement to jointly market Publiotech™, an Internet document management and dissemination software application. Publiotech enables publishers to create customized publications, using keywords of interest, and have it printed and delivered by a local printer. Visit Electric Press' Web site for more information on Publiotech. Balmar, Inc. is a provider of reprographics services headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Electric Press, of Reston, Virginia, provides Internet-based enterprise software solutions.

Entrepreneurship Forums Seek Volunteers

March 23, 1998 - The Georgetown Entrepreneurs Association, with assistance from members of the MIT Enterprise Forum, is calling for volunteers to assist in launching a series of bi-monthly forums beginning in April. Positions available include team mentors, panelists and meeting planners. The Association is a student-run MBA club dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship at Georgetown University. Individuals interested in volunteering should e-mail Dennis Van Dusen at

Web-based Recruiting Service for IT Careers

March 20, 1998 - Infocall Communications Corp. of McLean, Virginia recently launched IT CareerNET™, an Internet-based recruiting service. IT CareerNET assists companies seeking information technology personnel and IT professionals seeking new career opportunities. Visitors to the Web site can submit their resumes and browse job openings online. Firms who subscribe to the service receive applicant resumes and a company listing and hypertext link from IT CareerNET's site to their own Web site job postings. Visit Infocall's Web site for more information.

Web Resource for Bipolar Disorder

March 18, 1998 - Clinicians and consumers seeking information on bipolar disorder can now access the Bipolar Disorders Information Center a section of the Mental Health InfoSource Web site. The BDIC section is designed to provide updated information on manic-depressive illness and contains a weekly feature, "Ask the Bipolar Expert." Visitors may also join electronic mailing lists, read articles from "Psychiatric Times" and connect with other sites containing bipolar disorder information. In addition, clinicians have the opportunity to earn Category 1 continuing medical education credit online at no charge. Visit the BDIC for more information.

Web Library for Nonprofits

March 17, 1998 - The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (MAP) recently launched the Nonprofit Managers' Library online. The online Library facilitates the sharing of how-to management resources. Library topics include risk management and insurance; fundraising and grantwriting; and an organizational "checkup." All resources feature Web links and information on obtaining hardcopy data on the different topics available. Visit MAP's Web site for more information.

NMS Web Site Receives New Look

March 16, 1998 - The New Media Society of Washington (NMS) recently had their Web site redesigned by 1492 Technologies of Alexandria, Virginia. NMS is a nonprofit organization focused on stimulating the development and application of new media in the fields of marketing, entertainment, education and publishing. Alexandria, Virginia-based DigitalNation is hosting the site. Visit NMS' Web site for more information and to sign up for membership.

Area Hotels Test New Internet Service

March 11, 1998 - Washington, D.C.-based CGX Communications and its subsidiary, CAIS Internet of McLean, Virginia, are collaborating with Microsoft and ATCOM/INFO on the commercial trials of a high-speed Internet service for hotels. In the trial, CAIS Internet-CGX's OverVoice technology infrastructure will be used with ATCOM/INFO's IPORT product, which is designed to enable business travelers to access the Internet, e-mail and private networks from their guest rooms. Washington Marriott, Washington, D.C. is currently a trial site and the Embassy Square Suites in Washington, D.C. will be market-testing the solution by the end of the month. For more information about IPORT commercial trials and locations visit Microsoft's IPORT Web site.

High School Robotic Tournament

March 12, 1998 - The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) will present the first DC Area High School Botball Tournament at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on May 21. The tournament teaches students how to build a small autonomous mobile robot. Botball is a high school robotics program that teaches students a variety of skills including computer programming and mechanical design and how to do research on the Internet. Based in Reston, Virginia, KIPR is nonprofit organization that promotes education in robotics and engages in the research and development of integrated robotics. Visit KIPR's Web site for more information and to register a school for the tournament.

View Tobacco Industry Documents Online

March 9, 1998 - The Tobacco Resolution Web site features hundreds of pages of industry documents for public review via its archives section. In addition, the "Issue Briefs" area of the site contains information on the tobacco resolution and a summary of the proposal before Congress. Visitors may also sign up to receive information on new developments in the tobacco debate via e-mail. Visit the Tobacco Resolution Web site for more information.

Pricing Long-Distance Services Online

March 10, 1998 - The Telecommunications Research and Action Center (TRAC) recently unveiled the WebPricer, an online tool that allows consumers to select the least expensive long distance plan. By tapping into data that long distance service providers file with state and federal regulators, WebPricer enables users to compare the prices of state-to-state, residential long distance telephone calls among different service plans. Based in Washington, D.C., TRAC is a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to researching and reporting on phone issues in the wireless, cellular and long-distance industry.

Purchase Auto Insurance Online

March 9, 1998 - Progressive recently began offering Virginia motorists the option of buying their auto insurance over the Internet via their Web site. Consumers may comparison-shop for insurance rates and purchase Progressive insurance online. In addition, the site includes car-safety information and insurance coverage tips. Visitors may also enter monthly contests and participate in an interactive quiz in the "Fun Stuff" section of the Web site. Visit Progressive's Web site for more information and for a demo of the comparative rating and purchase process.

Magazine for Women in High Tech

March 6, 1998 - Women in Technology International (WITI) and InfoWorld Media Group recently launched "WITI Magazine." The publication is tailored for women decision-makers and business leaders in science and technology professions and it profiles women who are shaping the direction of technology. In addition, other departments focus on business and career strategies; women on the move; and high-tech products designed by and for women. Visit WITI's Web site for more information.

WCO Adds New Features to Site

March 5, 1998 - Women's Connection Online (WCO) recently redesigned and added new features to their Web site. The redesigned Directory of Women Business Owners and Professionals consists of over 500 international listings that are searchable by keyword, geographic location, product or service type. In addition, WCO recently launched a career center that provides tools and resources for women job-seekers and potential employers. Also, the new Personal Finance Center contains online resources, bulletin boards and the ability to engage in online trading. Visit WCO for more information on the new features.

Enterprise Networking Seminar

March 5, 1998 - Springfield, Virginia- based Telecommunications Concepts, Inc. (TCI), George Washington University's Continuing Engineering Education Program and Mitel, Inc. will host "Enterprise Networking - The Next Generation Seminar" on Wednesday, March 11. The seminar will present how businesses with multiple locations can communicate their video, data and voice on one network, over the Internet and through their Local Area and Wide Area Networks. Visit TCI's Web site for more information and to register.

Personalized T.V. Listings

March 2, 1998 - Yahoo! recently teamed up with GIST Communications, a producer of TV-listing guides on the Internet, to provide personalized TV listings and editorial content for Yahoo! TV Coverage. The service is a television resource that includes television program listings and headlines, links to TV-related content and Web sites, and events and chat. Yahoo! TV Coverage enables users to create personalized viewing schedules based on geographic location and interests. In addition, the service includes news features and program recommendations such as "Today's Top TV Picks."

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