Internet company thinks small

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Quarterdeck Corp., a Marina del Rey, Calif., marketer of Internet software tools, announced a new division on Tuesday to assist small- and medium-size businesses develop commerce on the Internet.

"This is clearly the next opportunity for the Internet, as the technology for secure transactions becomes more stable," said Stephen W. Tropp, senior VP-general manager of the new Internet Service Business Unit.

America Online, Vienna, Va. on Tuesday announced an agreement with Time Inc. in which the companies will develop a health and fitness service available on both AOL and Time Inc.'s Pathfinder in 1996. The joint venture has not been named, and each company will control a 50% interest in it.

The companies join the The New York Times Syndicate, which launched Your Health Daily in November, and AT&T, which plans a consumer-oriented fitness service for the Web in 1996, in tapping into the consumer fitness market online.

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