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DirecTV has narrowed the review for its anticipated $150 million advertising account to BBDO/West, San Francisco and Los Angeles; GMO/Hill, Holliday, San Francisco; D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Los Angeles; and Deutsch, Playa del Rey, Calif. Incumbent Campbell-Ewald, Los Angeles, has dropped out. Select Resources International, West Hollywood, Calif., is the incumbent.

The acquisition of Competitive Media Reporting by Taylor Nelson Sofres, an international market information service company based in London, was finalized last week. The sale price was $88 million.

The Industry Standard will spin off a monthly title later this summer. Individual issues of Grok will cover specific sectors of the Internet economy; the debut issue, focusing on entertainment, hits newsstands Aug. 8.

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