, an Internet search engine, on Monday announced it has acquired America Online's WebCrawler search engine in exchange for 2 million shares of Excite stock. The deal, giving AOL a 20% stake in the company, essentially makes Excite the biggest search engine online. As part of the deal, AOL and Excite have also entered into a 5-year distribution agreement. AOL will offer its 7 million subscribers a new search service to be branded AOL Search Powered by Excite. AOL will handle ad sales for the engine, but revenues will be split between the online service and Excite.
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