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-Microsoft’s Slate last week launched Office 2000, an area within the Redmond, Wash.-based e-‘zine that will provide readers with comprehensive coverage and analysis of next year’s presidential and congressional races. Slate’s Office 2000 will combine campaign-trail reporting with columns and features on candidates’ platforms, with links to individual candidates’ official Web sites., the Rensselaer, N.Y.-based provider of Internet infrastructure services for local newspapers, acquired Coleraine, Minn.-based newspaper network adds’s network of 90-plus local newspaper sites to its portfolio of nearly 1,000 affiliate sites.

-New York-based marketing firm YouthStream Media Networks last week launched, a network of customized microsites aimed at college audiences. The free-to-user service will give college students and faculty members access to academic resources and lifestyle services, with contextual advertising. YouthStream has also inked partnerships with and

-Sports portal CBS SportsLine USA, Ft. Lauderdale, inked an exclusive two-year marketing and promotion agreement with healthcare information site, Atlanta. Under terms of the deal, WebMD, which recently announced that it would merge with Healtheon, will become the exclusive sponsor and content provider for CBS SportsLine’s Health & Wellness area beginning in September.

-Online broker E*Trade, Menlo Park, Calif., said it will provide after-hours online trading in the United States. E*Trade customers will have access to after-hours trading traditionally available to large institutional investors, fund managers and brokers. E*Trade’s move comes weeks after online broker Datek began offering after-hours trading of its own. went live Monday, the first in a series of vertical, regional portals from The UrbanBaby Network, New York, targeting the upscale mommy-to-be. The site provides free localized content and virtual community support for planning and raising a baby in the New York area. Other sites coming up will target cities like Los Angeles and London. An online store launches in November.