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ABC News Internet Ventures struck a deal with CDNow to become the primary music seller on Mr. Showbiz, CelebSite and Wall of Sound. ABC News users will get direct links from the sites to the 250,000-plus CDNow music-oriented products such as CDs, cassettes, T-shirts and videos.

BarnesandNoble.com launched its microsite with The New York Times Oct. 8, previously announced earlier this year. The site contains book reviews, a best-seller list, authors' chats and editorial from both sources.

As part of a nationwide educational initiative, U S West will sponsor and build out the FamilyEducation Network's local Web sites in Phoenix. FEN is a national online network of 16,409 community-based Web sites, one for each school district in the country.

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