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SpotOn Alliance to Boost Media Services

[Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2000] - Web navigation service provider SpotOn has signed a strategic alliance with online investment resource InvestorWeb, in a move to offer investors greater access to information through its site.

Under the deal, SpotOn will supply its Web management software for free download via a link at the InvestorWeb site, which offers finance news, stock data, live community forums and information on managed funds and other investments.

SpotOn is an enhancement to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser designed to accelerate and organize Web navigation. It allows the user to record favorite sites and links and compile them into a 'tour' or list. Pre-cached pages within this tour can then load more quickly, allowing the user faster access to favorite or regularly sought information.

While the service is currently available for free download, SpotOn plans to eventually charge users for a premium version of the product, or for group licenses across an organization.

This service will allow InvestorWeb to provide rapid access to current information as a value-add to its subscribers. "Users will be able to view their stock's performance in real time as well as a constantly updating news service via a special window which can be visible at all times no matter which site the user is viewing," said Mark Maley, director of online and media services at InvestorWeb.

The investment site also plans to deliver 'tours' of several relevant Web pages across its five business segments, which include online financial and media services, software and development and financial adviser solutions.

According to SpotOn Asia Pacific manager of business development, Phillip Relf, the InvestorWeb alliance is the first of a series of strategic partnerships it has planned. "The provision of our free software on sites with high traffic flow is part of our commitment to providing this cut-through technology to an ever-broadening base of users," he said.