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INTERACTIVE;ROADKILL: BITS AND BYTES;COLDSORES.COM IS A SITE FOR SORE LIPS;AOL: THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

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From the "Web sites we can do without" file: The new site for Viractin, a treatment for cold sores and fever blisters. Located at the oh-so-memorable http://www.coldsores.com, the site offers such features as an animated diagram showing the growth of a cold sore; an opportunity for users to describe their first kiss; and a way to receive a free sample of the product. We wish we could tell you this site was done tongue in cheek, but alas, it is not.

America Online last week got the green light to keep blocking junk e-mail to its members, claiming that unsolicited

e-mail was a "top complaint" of subscribers. We find that quite hypocritical considering that before logging onto the service users are forced to "cancel" out of screens hawking various AOL merchandise and services. Maybe AOL's own marketing department should be part of the block as well.

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