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The AFL-CIO today announces, a Web community intended to bring union families online. The ad-supported site, launching Dec. 1, is a partnership between the 13-million member labor group and iBelong, a Waltham, Mass., custom portal developer. The partnership is seeking bids from Internet service providers and home PC marketers to offer cheaper Web service and PCs. The portal will provide e-commerce links and e-mail and information about union workplace and legislative issues. The site will allow shoppers to select union-made and U.S.-made goods, and to identify and protest goods made under anti-union conditions.

Blue Marble, OgilvyOne, Avenue A executives exit

Key executives exited at three major Web agencies. Blue Marble ACG President-CEO David Yakir and Executive Director-Marketing Judy Laughren left MacManus Group's New York-based interactive arm, which merged with Novo Interactive last month. Novo Chairman-CEO Kelly Anthony Rodriques will run the combined, as yet unnamed, entity. Meanwhile, interactive veteran J.G. Sandom left as director of interactive-North America, OgilvyOne Worldwide, New York. On the West Coast, Avenue A co-founder Mike Leo stepped down as VP but will still advise and be an investor in the Seattle online media buying and data marketing company. Avenue A has grown to nearly 200 people, and Mr. Leo said he decided to look for opportunities at a start-up after taking some time off. Separately, Avenue A today will announce that Microsoft Corp. Chief Financial Officer Greg Maffei is joining its board.

Engage Technologies rolls out AudienceNet

Engage Technologies today launches AudienceNet, a way for advertisers to buy media on Web sites based on customer profiles developed by Engage Knowledge, the central database for CMGI-controlled Engage. Web publishers participating in the AudienceNet network, including Adsmart and AdForce, can sell media by identifying profiles of customers visiting certain areas.

RemarQ, MySimon deal aids online shoppers

RemarQ Communities, an online discussion services provider, today unveils new search, ranking and tracking capabilities to help consumers research potential purchases, capabilities that are improved by a deal with e-commerce site MySimon

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