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Apple Computer said it will announce the ad agency for its $80 million-to-$90 million account on Aug. 8. TBWA Chiat/Day, Venice, Calif., continues to be the probable winner; Arnold Communications, Boston, is the other finalist. At the Macworld Expo in Boston, meanwhile, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced Microsoft Corp., long-time rival but also the No. 1 Macintosh software marketer, will make a $150 million investment in Apple. Apple will bundle Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser with Macs in a blow to Netscape Communications Corp. Apple also announced a revamping of its board. Joining the six-member board: Mr. Jobs, Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison, Intuit President Bill Campbell and Tracinda Corp. Vice Chairman Jerry York. Three members quit, including Mike Markkula, long the most powerful and influential member.

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