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Written by on December 28, 2000


High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses

the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.

ONLINE CAFE: Costa Cruises is making the Internet

available to passengers aboard three of its seven ships, including Costa Atlantica,

its newest vessel, launched in July. Plans are to install "Internet Cafes"

in all seven ships by May 2001. Limited access in staterooms is also planned.

Costa, which has its North American headquarters at 80 SW Eighth St., bills itself

as Europe’s No. 1 cruise line. Two of its ships cruise out of Port Everglades

in Fort Lauderdale, November through April. All seven ships operate out of Europe

May through October. Details:

BEIJING NAP: Terremark Worldwide Inc., with headquarters

at 2601 S Bayshore Drive, has opened its first Asia-based Tier-1 network access

point in Beijing in partnership with Broad Online, a Chinese-owned network service

provider. The opening of the facility, known as TerreNAP Beijing, is part of Terremark’s

expansion into emerging Internet markets. Terremark executives say the company

plans to open similar Tier-1 facilities in other Chinese cities in the future.

MORE TERREMARK: Terremark is developer, owner and

operator of the NAP of the Americas to be housed in the 740,000-square-foot Technology

Center of the Americas, a complex under construction at 50 NE Ninth St. The NAP

of the Americas, backers say, will allow faster and more efficient online communications

between North America and Latin America. Completion is expected in June 2001.



IBM and Innerhost have agreed to be primary sponsors for the South Florida chapter

of Women in Technology International’s "Man of the Year Award." The

award was created to recognize business leaders for their support in advancing

well-qualified women in their company. The award ceremony will take place at the

Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Jan. 18. Details: Victoria Usherenko, WITI South Florida

Chapter president, at

E-EXPANSION: While many dot-coms are going belly up

or downsizing, Boca Raton’s The Mark Group — an e-marketer of women’s apparel

and home accessories — says it has increased staff in both its warehouse

and call center. Scott Bryant, vice president, said his company handled more than

93,000 packages in the first two weeks of December.

DOTS & DASHES: Bank of America, IBM and Prudential

announced they have jointly acquired netStruxr, billed as "the first buyer-centric,"

e-marketplace for commercial real estate professionals, with expectations of handling

about $3 billion in transactions annually…. The Florida Association of Realtors,

meanwhile, has launched Realtor Referral Network, available only to licensed real

estate professionals so that they can instantly contact others in the field throughout

the state…. Miami’s Andrew S. Taplin and Evan B. Phillips announced they have

launched Inatel, an application service targeting telecom agents that promises

to find ways to save customers money. It is the third firm the two have launched….

CocoWalk announced it is updating its home page daily at, including

a "tip of the day," says Julie Katz, director of marketing.

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