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Web florist 1-800-FLOWERS announced Dec. 16 that it has selected AT&T Corp. to create an enhanced, Web-based communications system to link the company's franchisees in an on-line community. The system, known as BloomLink, became available on Dec. 1.

ESPN SportsZone coverage of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics on its Web site begins this week. Features include a Java-based scoreboard with automatic updates on latest results, individual pages on each sport, daily event summaries and a guide to help fans understand rules and origins of each of the sports.

Slate magazine is adding new features to its site, including an international edition of its summary of daily newspapers, and Pundit Central, a Monday weekly review of weekend public affairs shows. Slate also plans to soon launch a serial e-mail mystery novel called "Reply All," and an advice column called "Dear Prudence" written by an unnamed Washington "luminary."

Bill Ostroff has been named general manager of CitySearch New York. Ostroff was most recently VP-general manager at Ticketmaster.

The U.S. Postal Service will begin a two-week test of the sale of stamps and stamp products online, it announced Dec. 16. At the Postal Service's StampsOnline site some 2,300 customers, selected for the test, will be able to buy a limited selection of stamps and stamp products on the Web. Depending on the results of the test, the service is expected to open to the general public next year.

Copyright December 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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