Filament denies receivershipOttawa-based Filament Communications Inc is denying reports that it has been forced into receivership. A story that appeared this week in an Ottawa trade publication stating that a creditor had called in a line of credit is unfounded, says founder Alfredo Coppola. He told CNM that the company is facing "financial challenges" as a result of the crunch at Nortel Networks Corp and JDS Uniphase Inc – both important clients. A major U.S. customer has also declared bankruptcy, resulting in the need to lay off staff and put several others on contract to fulfill existing obligations (CNM, July 12/01). Coppola does not deny that receivership and bankruptcy are options at the 12-year-old web design and marketing firm, but he is pursuing other alternatives to keep the company afloat. "I’ll have a very interesting story to tell you in a week to 10 days," he told CNM today, though he wouldn’t divulge details of ongoing negotiations. To date, however, Coppola stresses that no action has been taken to put the company into receivership, and that operations are continuing. Canadian NEW MEDIA will carry full details in its edition next week, including any updates if available. More details. RIAA expresses concerns over CD-RThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced a 4.4% decrease in the value of all music product shipments in the first two quarters of this year, from US$6.2 billion at mid-year 2000 to US$5.9 billion this year. That represents a drop from 488.7 million units to 442.7 million units. While not explicitly blaming the drop in shipments on Napster-style MP3 piracy, a press release issued by the organization highlighted its commitment to providing music in a format demanded by consumers, including online. RIAA noted that half of tech-savvy Internet users had downloaded music in the past month, and nearly 70% had burned that music to CDs. More details. Netgraphe beefs up french search engineNetgraphe has introduced a "turbo" version of its La Toile search engine. This week, the company announced that it has added features such as the capability of mailing search results to a third party, of viewing found sites in a new browser window and new alphabetical and relevance listings for returned results. Further, La Toile will now also list relevant Canoe sites. More details. Cold North Wind heating upTwenty years of news reports covering the period of the Mexican Revolution will be digitized by Ottawa-based Cold North Wind Inc. The companies expect the records from the Mexican newspaper El Inforrmador to be available in early December. More details. Hip, Standard break off talksHip Interactive Corp, Toronto, and Standard Broadcasting Corp Ltd have ended negotiations over Hip’s intention to buy Video One Canada Ltd. No specific cause for the break was disclosed, except that the two companies were unable to reach mutually acceptable terms. Hip’s CEO said in a release that the company that a deal wouldn’t not have been in the best interest of shareholders. Video One is a distributor of videos, DVDs and interactive computer games. More details. Decorate! Online!20-20 Technologies, Montreal, unveiled a new online decorating tool for consumers yesterday. The site, IDClic.net, allows home decorators to create 3D renderings of room designs in seven simple steps. Canadian NEW MEDIA predicts significant popular support for the "Mediterranean Ambience" theme. More details. OMDC offers aid to pitch in BaddeckThe Ontario Media Development Corporation is offering $500 cash towards expenses for any Ontario producer selected to participate in the CyberPitch event at this year’ Baddeck International New Media Festival. In other festival news, Marise Vachon, a choreographer, dancer, performer, visual artist and teache, has been named artist-in-residence for this year’s event. More details. Managers tolerant of cyber-slacking but oppose offensive contentThe CATAlliance has released results of a survey indicating Canadian mangers will tolerate up to an hour of personal Internet use from their employees, but many have been offended by email or objectionable screen content. Key findings from the survey of 52 companies (all CATA members) indicate that 96% of employees are estimated to be accessing non-work-related web sites on the clock, with nearly as many are spending up to an hour a day surfing these sites. A majority of managers will tolerate up to an hour a day of such use, but half think that at least some people spend unacceptable amounts of time online. More than half have seen someone reprimanded or dismissed for inappropriate use of the web or email, but only 14% supervise online behaviour with software. More details. Mind if I ask? Statscan releases earnings dataStatistics Canada has released figures which indicate weekly earnings for Canadians employed in the information and cultural industries rose slightly in June from 2000 to 2001. Last year’s average weekly earnings in the sector were $766.21, which rose approximately 2.6% this year to $786.03 (preliminary figures). More details.