Tuesday May 16, 7:33 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
xSides, U S WEST Dex Agreement Will Make uswestdex.com's Internet Yellow Pages Services Available Directly from Users' Computer Desktops
xSides' Technology Will Create Always-Visible, Customizable uswestdex.com Toolbar, Speeding Access to Internet Yellow Pages Search Services
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2000--
xSides Corp. and U S WEST Dex have signed an agreement that will
allow uswestdex.com site visitors to download a customizable toolbar
providing convenient, immediate access from their computer desktop to
uswestdex.com Internet Yellow Pages and online marketplace services.
As part of the agreement, U S WEST Dex, the leading Internet
Yellow Pages service in U S WEST's (NYSE:USW - news) 14-state region (NFO
AD:Impact, Q4 1999), will license xSides' patented technology, which
creates space at the bottom of users' computer screens, allowing U S
WEST Dex to display customized Web applications and content. U S WEST
Dex's customizable toolbar will appear across the bottom of the PC
screen, and is always visible and accessible but never interferes with
existing desktop applications. It will be available for download from
the uswestdex.com site this summer.
``xSides' unique technology will enable us to help consumers access
our information even faster and easier than they can today,'' said
Margaret McGuckin, vice president and general manager of U S WEST Dex
Internet & New Ventures groups. ``That creates a convenience we believe
consumers will appreciate and use often, which in turn will benefit
our Internet Yellow Pages advertisers.''
``Our agreement with U S WEST Dex continues to demonstrate the
value companies place on securing dedicated screen space to deliver
any information or applications that they want to be readily available
and always visible to their end users,'' said Bob Steinberg, chairman
and CEO of xSides Corp.
About xSides Corporation
xSides Corporation, formerly The Pixel Company, was established to
develop and market technologies that allow applications and Internet
content to be displayed in new real estate on the computer screen. The
patented xSides technology (U.S. patent number 6,018,332) enables the
display of interactive content, applications and graphics at the
bottom of a personal computer or operating system-enabled TV screen,
outside and independent of the traditional operating system display
area. Internet content and applications in the xSides area of the
screen won't conflict with or be covered by other applications.
xSides' technology supports customized, third-party applications. For
more information about xSides technology and potential consumer and
enterprise applications, visit http://www.xSides.com. xSides is
privately funded and based in Seattle.
About U S WEST Dex
U S WEST Dex is the print and online directory publishing and
online advertising arm of U S WEST, Inc., (NYSE:USW - news). The company's
uswestdex.com site (http://uswestdex.com) has the most monthly visits,
the highest percentage of visitors who contact a merchant and make a
purchase after finding a business on an online directory, the most
advertisers, and features the most accurate Yellow and White Pages
listings of any online directory in U S WEST's 14-state service area.
Additionally, Dex provides Web site development and hosting, local
banner advertising, Web site and e-mail links, and InfoPages -- all
targeted to small- and medium-sized businesses.
xSides Corporation is a trademark of xSides. U S WEST Dex is a
registered trademark of U S WEST Inc. Other product and company names
herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
The KMC Group (for xSides)
Denise Palmer, 425/450-9965 x110
U S WEST Dex
Gregg Stucker, 303/784-2572