Liberate Lures Microsoft Exec


Liberate Technologies scored a coup over rival Microsoft Corp. by appointing
one of its executives to lead its PopTV development program.

Colin Dixon, former general manager of cable services for the Microsoft WebTV
Networks Inc. division, was named vice president of applications and content at
Liberate. He will oversee the Liberate PopTV Program, an incubator aimed at
encouraging applications for the company's interactive-TV middleware platform.
It has more than 2,900 registered members worldwide.

Liberate also named Jennifer Graham VP of marketing communications. Graham --
who comes to Liberate from public-relations firm Burson-Marsteller -- will be
responsible for all of the company's outbound communications.