Briefs

Food Makers Sign Up with Online Grocer

Online grocery home-delivery company Webvan Group Inc. last week announced it will add products from five major food and consumer products companies to its offerings on Webvan.com. The Foster City, Calif., company, which serves the San Francisco area, has entered into business agreements with The Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis; Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich.; The Quaker Oats Co. in Chicago; General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis; and the U.S. division of Nestle SA, which is based in Switzerland.

BellSouth Expands Security Services

BellSouth Corp. in Atlanta has formed two new business partnerships to extend its network consulting and security offerings for companies that want to do more business over the Internet. The alliances are with New York-based Predictive Systems Inc., in which BellSouth bought a $10 million equity stake in October, and Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc., according to company officials.

AOL Board Member Quits Seat in Conflict

Bertelsmann AG CEO Thomas Middelhoff resigned from America Online Inc.'s board of directors, saying it was inappropriate for him to continue on AOL's board in light of AOL's planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc., a competitor of the German media conglomerate.

Middelhoff's board seat will be filled by AOL Vice Chairman Kenneth Novack.

Short Takes

After a search that began late last year, IBM found that Funds Xpress Financial Network Inc. in Austin, Texas, bought the 1 millionth RS/6000 server in August. . . . The British government launched Greenwich Electronic Time (GeT). Based on Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time, GeT is meant to be a time standard for e-commerce.

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