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: costacruises.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 cocowalk.com, including
a "tip of the day," says Julie Katz, director of marketing.