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GeoCities, Santa Monica, Calif., will be adding electronic commerce to its Web publishing tools. GeoCities publishers will be commerce-enabled to sell products on the Internet through GeoShops. The service includes secure credit card processing.
For the relaunch of the TCI Music, N.Y., music site SonicNet (, Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Dallas, is running a one-week sponsorship. Both brands will have interstitial ads on SonicNet’s Station area, a channel for music, live events and video online broadcasting.
Nickelodeon Online, N.Y., today launches, a site for preschool kids and their parents. The site has a year-long sponsorship from Humongous Entertainment, Seattle, Wash. The sponsorship only appears in content aimed at parents.
Gotham, N.Y., which represents America Online, Dulles, Va., has been awarded the CompuServe account. The CompuServe service was acquired by AOL earlier this year. The Women’s Network, N.Y., and N2K, also N.Y., formed a partnership for a co-branded version of N2K’s online music retailer Music Boulevard ( to be integrated on the site.
Magnet Interactive Communications, Washington, D.C., next month will open a Los Angeles-area office to be known as Magnet West. The Culver City branch will hire about 80 employees to manage accounts for Nissan Motor Corp., Carson, Calif., and other newer clients. The expansion is part of a strategy for a planned public offering.
AT&T, Basking Ridge, N.J., last week announced a discounted Internet-based long distance calling plan. For a dime-a-minute and $1 monthly fee, AT&T One Rate Online will be billed automatically to customers’ credit cards via an account established at It follows similar offers by MCI, Arlington, Va., and Tel-Save Holdings, New Hope, Pa.
NetGravity, San Mateo, Calif., has signed British Telecom, London, as its latest client since opening a London office 10 months ago. Others who have signed on to use NetGravity’s ad management software include Reuters, Express Newspapers, Associated Electronic Publishing and Hachette Publishing, bringing the total to 27.

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