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Garden.com will serve highly-targeted offers and promotions to customers of its online retail store using NetGravity's server software and AdCenter service. Buyers of a bush, for example, might be offered deals on companion plants that do well in the buyer's region. Both companies are based in San Mateo, Calif.

Media authoring toolmaker Sonic Foundry, Madison, Wisc., released MAP 2000, a music and audio production package that supports formats from broadcast television to Web streaming media applications. The package includes Acid Pro, a library of sounds that can be looped to create musical compositions.

Theglobe.com, New York, will provide its members with MyPublish e-commerce technology from Wave Systems, San Jose, Calif. MyPublish will let members promote and sell digital content including text, subscriptions, images, audio, video and software from their personal Web sites on theglobe.com's community site.

Gamesville.com, a Boston-based game show site and database marketing company, named Snap.com, San Francisco, as the search engine for its site. Search results appear on a co-branded version of the Snap.com Internet search service.

Go2Net, Seattle, a network of technology and community-driven Web sites, acquired auction site Haggle Online for approximately $6.5 million in Go2Net stock. Go2Net also includes search, directory, finance, business services, commerce and game sites. Haggle Online's management team will continue to develop the service.

Online advertising gallery Adsgallery.com, Toronto, acquired Portfolios.com, also Toronto, a directory aimed at advertising professionals showcasing the work of photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and interactive multimedia artists. Adsgallery.com parent company Warp 10 absorbed key management employees and intends to generate revenue through advertising sales, site sponsorship and e-commerce transactions from its community.

CBS, New York, will acquire a one-third equity stake in Office.com, the online business destination of broadband service provider WinStar, also New York. In exchange, Office.com will receive $42 million in promotion and advertising over a term of six years across the full range of CBS media properties, including radio and outdoor subsidiary Infinity Broadcasting Corporation.

Corbis, a Seattle-based provider of digital images, opened its collection of over 350,000 works to the mass market. Consumers can purchase and download images for their personal use. The images are accessible via Corbis' search and commerce engine, search.corbis.com.

Music site sputnik7.com last week launched an online satellite that will host a selection of exclusive digital music free for download. The New York-based company partnered with Rykodisc artists Robert Cray, Kelly Willis and Mickey Hart and Palm Pictures artists Mocean Worker and Sly and Robbie. The site includes streaming music videos from sputnik7.com and digital music channels from Music Choice.

Homestead Technologies, Menlo Park, Calif., makers of self-service Web-based publishing for consumers, launched Homestead Publisher, an extension of the drag-and-drop Homestead platform. With Publisher, users can edit Web sites offline and publish them wherever they want on the Web. The public beta is free and available for download at homestead.com.

Rewards program MyPoints.com, San Francisco, merged its MyPoints and BonusMail membership programs, offering advertisers a joint venue for online direct marketing. The new program enables advertisers to give consumers points for reading and responding to their offers. Rewards points may be redeemed for products and services.

Computer chain Micro Center, Hilliard, Ohio, partnered with Redmond, Wash.-based MSN Internet to give away free PCs to customers who sign up for three years with MSN. Consumers will pay $19.95 per month for MSN's Internet access.