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AOL's Digital City announced a comprehensive content agreement by which CultureFinder.com will provide in-depth cultural event information and online ticketing services to Digital City sites across the country.
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Real Media has linked with Latin America-based portals to form an advertiser network. Sites in the Real Media Latin American Portal Network include Ciudad Internet, Argentina; UOL, Brazil; and Infosel, Mexico.com and Mexico Web Guide, all of Mexico.
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Travelzoo.com, Mountain View, Calif., has launched a new software tool, "Hitmaster," that provides its clients with real-time performance information on individual deal postings.
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Salon.com, San Francisco, has launched a customized audio entertainment service through theDial, a provider of audio entertainment on the Web. The partnership provides Salon.com with a potential revenue stream derived from broadcast available on "Salon.com on the Dial."
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Baldoria.com, a New York Web site for upscale Italian silk accessories, showcases the products of Italian designer Paolo Pianezza. A shopping "assistant" named Andrea, represented by an icon, will help visitors select the right accessories. Shoppers can personalize any tie or scarf with a message of up to 70 characters.
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Rare Medium, Dallas, worked with Microsoft to redesign the MSN.com portal home page. The beta version of the new page is available at www.beta.msn.com.
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Foofoo.com, an Arlington, Va., Web site offering upscale products, services and content to today's upwardly mobile market, announced that American Express Publishing will take an equity stake in the site. The marketing partnership will give Foofoo.com access to a network of luxury retailers and consumers. This agreement allows more of American Express Publishing's high-end editorial content to be incorporated into the Foofoo.com site, including content from such publications as Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure