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Infoseek in Santa Clara, Calif., launched five new international services last week, including Infoseek Nederlands, Infoseek Denmark, Infoseek Brasil, Infoseek Sverige and Infoseek en Espanol. Infoseek now offers a total of 11 international services.

Sony Station (www.station.sony.com) has started an online shopping service. Movie ticket gift certificates for Sony's movie theater chains are now available. The site will soon offer products from Columbia TriStar Home Video and children's video and audio tapes from Sony Wonder.

TBWA Chiat/Day, Venice, Calif., has created a new site for battery-maker Energizer (www.energizer.com). The redesign adds four new content areas, including information about the brand, product firsts and an archive dedicated to the brand's drum-beating icon, dubbed "Energizer Bunny Memories."

Excite (www.excite.com), Redwood City, Calif., has received a three-year, multi-million dollar advertising commitment from online bookstore Amazon.com. In return, Amazon.com, Seattle, Wash., has been granted exclusive status as Excite's only bookseller. Amazon made a similar deal to add book reviews to search results on Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com) in return for banner ads on Yahoo! sites and America Online (www.aol.com) agreed to carry an Amazon button on its Internet home page.

Real Media and Journal Square Interactive have teamed up to develop a Web site for the National Football League's American Bowl, slated for July 27 in Dublin, Ireland. The site will incorporate news and features from Real Media's international network of sites.

Netscape Communications has agreed to package Yahoo! as the featured search engine on its Web browsers in 12 countries, including Australia, Denmark, France and Germany.

For the third straight quarter, Yahoo! has posted a profit, with a gain of $610,000 in net income and $13.5 million in revenue. Traffic grew to some 38 million daily page views.The news pushed the company's stock up 10.7 percent to $44 at press time.

Clarification: The Major League Baseball Players Association has no plans to permit its players or agents to negotiate sponsorship deals for an individual player's Web page on the union's Web site, located at www.bigleaguers.com [IQ News, July 7].