AOL expected to announce deal with greeting card company

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America Online is expected to announce a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal with American Greetings Corp., said sources. Details were unavailable, although sources said American Greetings would set up a store on AOL.

AOL is also set to unveil Oct. 6 its 4.0 service with a redesign that will include 19 channels, streamlined from the current 21 channels. Rolling out Oct. 13 through the end of the month, the new channels are more organized and offer "more convenient navigation," an AOL spokeswoman said.

In other news, AOL took legal action against a Las Vegas company Oct. 2 for its spamming practices. In a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District Court in Alexandria, Va., AOL said that Over the Air Equipment has showered AOL members with junk e-mail, ignoring AOL's warnings to stop.

AOL stated that Over the Air slipped by its mail controls by falsifying e-mail transmission data. The spam mail, which forged the AOL trademark, contained a link to the company's cyber-stripper offerings on the Web.

Copyright October 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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