The boss cancelled the broadcast version due to regulatory headaches and money problems, so CBC Radio has launched the first of three Web sites it hopes will capture the hearts and minds of young people. Located at www.120seconds.com, the new site— under the banner of Radio3, which was ditched by incoming CBC president Robert Rabinovitch in November—promises the latest in animation, videos, games, music and Web sites. “What we think Radio3 will do,” says Alex Frame, vice-president of CBC Radio, “is create that same national sense of community among young people as CBC Radio has developed among the rest of the population.”
The 120seconds site—so named as a play on people s attention spans on the Web—features a wide range of items on life, comedy and art. It is put together under site producer Carma Livingstone, 28, and draws on young people as well as CBC staff for ideas. This fall, CBC plans to launch justconcerts.com and newmusiccanada.com to complete the trilogy.
Two of the Internets most effective search systems got hitched last week.
Yahoo! Inc., which uses editors to put together its elaborate Web directories, selected Google Inc. to supply its search engine, which handles advanced page searches. Created in 1998 by two Stanford University graduates,
Google has won numerous awards for accurate searches completed in a fraction of a second: it can now check more than one billion sites. Yahoo! will dump the search engine provided by Inktomi Corp.
Juiced on solar
The long-distance record for a solarpowered car stands at 4,000 km, a mark that a student team from Queens University in Kingston,
Ont., hopes to demolish by the end of the month. Begun in Halifax on Canada Day, the arduous, 6,500-km Radiance in action: journey, dubbed SunTrek 2000, is to end in Vancouver.
Last year, the vehicle, Radiance, came in second in Australia’s prestigious World Solar Challenge. Although distance is the goal, Radiance is capable of speeds of up to 125 km/h.
Every woman knows travelling alone can be dangerous. Information on safe travel is available at www.journeywoman.com, a comprehensive guide for the lone female voyager. Compiled by Torontonian Evelyn Hannon, the site offers a wide variety of warnings, including one on heading back to the hotel after dining alone in Kathmandu, Nepal (after 9 p.m., dope pedlars approach more brazenly).
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