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CBS SportsLine announced an anchor tenant agreement with America Online last week. SportsLine will reside on the AOL Sports Channel and will use CBS Sports coverage on AOL. Separately, CBS SportsLine and E-Pub launched CBS SportsLine Team Trivia, an online game, at www.sportsline.com and www.oasisgames.com.

Microsoft officially launched Boston Sidewalk last week, at http://boston.sidewalk.com. The city guide offers entertainment listings for the Boston area. Microsoft is rolling out similar sites in major U.S. markets, and has already done so in New York and Seattle.

Wink Communications has partnered with TCI to provide interactive television to the Fremont, Calif., and Arlington Heights, Ill., test markets. Wink ITV will eventually be integrated into TCI’s Headend in the Sky platform for national broadcasts. Late last month, Wink signed a similar agreement with NBC.

MCI will enter the online gaming market in October with the introduction of Wireplay, an online gaming site, available free of charge to its Internet access subscribers. Popular PC games, such as Duke Nukem, will be initially offered for multiplayer interaction in 60 markets. A national rollout of the service is slated for later this year.

Toyota relaunched its own daily newspaper on the Web last week. Dubbed “The Times Toyota,” the site is a redesign of the company’s Newswire site, and is located on the Web at www.toyota.com/times. It contains daily news updates about a range of subjects from product design to job openings.

Columbia/HCA Healthcare, www.columbia.net, will officially introduce Columbia Tours, a virtual tour of 342 member hospitals on July 14. Surfers can view every corner of the hospital, picture by picture, before a visit. An early version of the tour is currently on the site.

Intellipost Corp. launched BonusMail, which rewards consumers for responding to email promotions. The Gap, Tower Records, Pizza Hut, MCI and Barnes & Noble have signed on to provide the rewards.

President Clinton last week introduced a proposal that would promote free market competition in cyberspace, free of new taxes and tariffs. Clinton’s recommendations come in a 30-page report on electronic commerce released Tuesday at a White House ceremony.