MSN Sidewalk and EarthCam Launch Live Network of Web Cameras

REDMOND, Wash., April 14, 1999 — The MSN
™Sidewalk® online guide and EarthCam have teamed up to launch a network of coast-to-coast EarthCams that will provide live access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to some of the most popular attractions in the country. Internet users will get a local perspective on things to do, places to go and people to see by viewing the 10 EarthCams in eight cities.

EarthCams have been installed in Atlanta; Los Angeles (two); Miami (two); Orange County, (Calif.); Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and San Jose, Calif. Each of the 10 EarthCams will show continuous action, from the sandy coastline of Daytona Beach, Fla., to behind the scenes at the No. 1 radio station in Los Angeles, KIIS-FM.

“MSN Sidewalk is designed to help consumers make great decisions about what to buy and where to go,” said Gayle Troberman, group product manager, MSN Sidewalk. “These new webcams help bring local points of interest into focus for online consumers so they can see in real time what’s happening in cities around the country.”

MSN Sidewalk EarthCams, going live today, will be located at the following sites:

  • Sidewalk Atlanta ( ). See what’s happening in Buckhead, Atlanta’s hottest spot for night life, restaurants and shopping.

  • Sidewalk Los Angeles ( ). Sneak into the KIIS studio booth to see your favorite DJs and celebrities or pick out a pet from the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

  • Sidewalk Miami ( ). Get an inside view of the Y100 radio-studio booth or view the hottest strip of beach in Miami from the roof of the Clevelander Hotel.

  • Sidewalk Orange County ( ). Relax with a view of the Pacific Ocean from the roof of the Hotel Laguna.

  • Sidewalk Orlando ( ). Check out the scene at one of the world’s best beaches, Daytona Beach.

  • Sidewalk Portland ( ). Pick out a pet from the Oregon Humane Society and SPCA.

  • Sidewalk San Francisco ( ). Watch a revolving view of the city from the Sky Deck at the Embarcadero Center. The camera rotates through nine positions with 360-degree views of San Francisco.

  • Sidewalk San Jose ( ). Keep tabs on what’s happening at the Pavilion, the Fountains at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Guadalupe Parkway, San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Park Avenue and the clock tower at the Park Center Plaza with a camera on the top of the San Jose Tech Museum.

“EarthCam continues to grow with the creation of the first National Webcam Network in the United States and is proud to announce these new services in collaboration with MSN Sidewalk,” said Brian Cury, president and CEO of EarthCam. “This groundbreaking service offers users unique information by providing live views in key cities across the country.”

MSN Sidewalk is an online guide designed specifically to help consumers make better decisions about how to spend their time and money. Consumers can get expert advice and buying tips on a broad range of products and services.

MSN Sidewalk is free on the World Wide Web (connect-time charges may apply) at and is a featured offering on MSN at . MSN is the network of Internet products and services from Microsoft Corp. that helps people better organize the Web around what’s important to them. MSN offers award-winning e-mail functionality; personal communications services; customizable access to news; popular sites for travel, investing, automotive services, shopping and more; an online community; a Web search engine

and directories; and top-rated Internet access. MSN Sidewalk has been integrated into the MSN network of Internet services, which makes it easier for consumers to keep in touch, stay informed and get more done.

EarthCam ( ), a leader in webcasting technology, offers a complete network of live Internet cameras and webcam events from around the world. The leading source for live webcams and live video events on the Internet, EarthCam is the first searchable directory that specifically locates live images from thousands of indoor and outdoor Internet cameras. EarthCam has created webcasting solutions for the most recognized brands and sites in the industry.

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