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Santa Monica, Calif.-based science fiction, fantasy and horror entertainment Web site Fandom.com launched last week. Fandom.com's original content focuses on news and reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror movies, literature, music, television shows, games and the people and companies involved with the creation of sci-fi and horror entertainment.
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Real-time financial market data provider Data Broadcasting Corp., Jackson, Wyo., agreed to merge with the specialist asset valuation business FTAM of the Financial Times group, London. The Financial Times group will transfer ownership of FTAM to Data Broadcasting in exchange for a 60 percent stake in the combined business, valued at approximately $320 million. DBC owns an approximately 32 percent stake in CBS MarketWatch.com.
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CondeNet, New York, has launched a marketplace section on four of its Web sites allowing users to conduct e-commerce transactions with advertisers. The advertiser marketplace is reached through a SHOP hotlink on the home pages of CondƒNet's Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, PHYS.com and Swoon.com.
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Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch and Microsoft Corp. are delivering local arts and entertainment content to nearly 3,000 local venues nationwide through the new MSN Local Channel, as well as through the MSN Entertainment Channel and Microsoft WebTV Network service.
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NetZero, the Westlake Village, Calif.-based provider of free Internet access and e-mail, last week agreed to acquire AimTV, San Francisco, in a stock-for-stock transaction. AimTV has developed a patent-pending technology designed to enable advertisers to run broadcast-quality television commercials over narrowband Internet connections.
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Digital rights management firm Reciprocal last week announced a relationship with music retailer HMV Media Group, both New York, to provide digital rights management and clearing house services for HMV's Web sites in North America. HMV will offer digital downloads of songs by 10,000 Maniacs, XTC, Sevendust, Cowboy Junkies and other signature artists in the Microsoft Windows Media format