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Interactive agency iXL Enterprises, Atlanta, filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of common stock. An underwriting group will make the offering, with Merrill Lynch & Co. and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as joint book-running managers. BancBoston Robertson Stephens and NationsBanc Montgomery Securities will be co-managers.

Amazon.com retracts controversial ad policy

After critical press for posting unidentified, paid book endorsements in its book recommendations area, Amazon.com said last week it would mark which endorsements are paid and which are not starting March 1. Amazon said its recommendations "are not and have never been for sale to anyone. Only books selected by Amazon.com editors qualify for publisher-supported placement."

Amazon.com also beefed up its return policy. Consumers can now return any book Amazon.com has recommended regardless of the condition.

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