tell all ... or else Citibank tested the patience of clients yesterday when it sent round an e-mail requesting that they confirm their data - including their debit card, account and pin numbers. 'We kindly ask you to follow the reference given below to confirm your data,' the bank wrote. That statement would have been more accurate had Citibank deleted the word 'kindly' and substituted 'compel' for 'ask'. For when clients opened up the Citibank URL, they found they could not close it without doing as the bank required. Clients who did not want to confirm such sensitive information over their office computers - or understandably suspicious about the unsolicited request - found that the only way they could close the window was by re-starting their computer. It also interfered with other programs that were already running. fresh wrapping paper One way to generate publicity is to repackage old news as something fresh. Take for example Culturecom Holdings, which yesterday unveiled a plan to 'foster the development of IT infrastructure in China' along with partner IBM. Culturecom did not unveil any new products. The systems it will sell are based on its V-Dragon chip, a PowerPC processor from IBM that uses Culturecom's Chinese character technology. The V-Dragon has been on the market for well over a year. Vice-president Danny Lai explained that what was new was the 'application': Culturecom would begin selling to mainland local governments as part of its 'e-Town' project. 'This is a new way to implement the existing V-Dragon chip,' Mr Lai said. Perhaps the goal was to boost the firm's shares, which have been on a roller-coaster and remain down 18.84 per cent since a much-hoped for placement to a strategic partner failed to materialise.