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New York-based wedding resource site The Knot will merge with Weddingpages.com, publisher of regional wedding magazines. The deal will be made for $8.5 million in cash. With the merger, The Knot will extend its brand into local markets and gain additional advertising revenue.

Solbright, New York, an application service provider of digital media solutions, has entered a partnership with Thinking Media, Chattanooga, Tenn., a rich media software developer, to integrate Thinking Media’s Active Track client-side tracking technology with Solbright’s Dispatch advertising campaign management system. Advertisers and their clients will be able to measure more accurately performance data with the combined technologies.

P.R. Newswire, New York, has acquired Internet monitoring service eWatch, St. Paul, Minn. The announcement was made by P.R. Newswire parent United News & Media, a U.K.-based international media conglomerate.

Nelson Marketing, a direct marketer of imprinted promotional products, has renamed itself 4imprint, adopting its Web brand, www.4imprint.com, as its corporate identity. The Oshkosh, Wis.-based company also has offices in Europe and the Far East, and serves more than 140,000 customers.

Ziff-Davis of New York announced plans to eliminate its tracking stock structure and make ZDNet of San Francisco a stand-alone, independent company. Ziff-Davis will merge into a newly formed subsidiary so that all current holders of its ZD stock and ZDNet stock will hold their investments through a single class of ordinary common stock.

FreeRide.com, New York, a Web site that offers rewards to consumers and loyalty marketing programs for sponsors, added more than 50 sponsor sites, including more.com, San Francisco, and HickoryFarms.com, Maumee, Ohio. FreeRide will have more than 200 sites in its network.

Miami-based Telemundo Network Group, the Spanish-language television network, has made a multimillion-dollar investment in Espanol.com, Boston, an online retailer for Latinos worldwide. The amount of the equity stake was not disclosed. Espanol.com was founded in December 1998.

TheStreet.com, New York, has entered a content syndication alliance with MSN MoneyCentral, an online personal finance unit of Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash. Every week, selected commentary from the MSN MoneyCentral site will appear on TheStreet.com.

Advertising.com, Baltimore, a new media direct-marketing company, launched AdBroadcast, a service giving consumers the chance to earn money in exchange for receiving targeted marketing messages on their wireless devices, including phones and pagers. With AdBroadcast, users can receive payment from Advertising.com each month.

Digital Island, San Francisco, an e-business delivery network, has acquired New York-based Live On Line, a provider of live and on-demand streaming media services. The transaction is valued at approximately $70 million in cash and stock