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Lycos, Quack.com Launch New Portal

Lycos Inc. and Quack.com, a a developer of voice-based delivery of Web content, Monday announced plans to create a new voice-enabled destination that delivers the content and services of a major Internet portal.

The new voice portal will provide telephone users with access to Internet content via a toll-free number. Through speech-recognition technology, users will be able to have their e-mail read to them, check stock prices, hear the weather, obtain movie listings and access most information that is available through the Web.

The service will be powered by Quack.com's voice-to-Internet technology that guides users to information from the Lycos network of Web sites. Users will be able to develop a customized Web site using the My Lycos personalization platform. Personalization features, such as calendaring, contact lists, sports, stock portfolios, traffic and lottery information, will be accessible. The portal is expected to launch in the third quarter of this year.

The innovation will bring many groups to the Web that have had very limited access till now, according to Ron Sege, executive vice president of Lycos. "This voice portal will revolutionize access to all the great content of the Lycos Network and from across the Web, anytime anywhere," he said.

The announcement comes on the heels of a major development for Lycos. On May 16 the company entered into a definitive agreement with Terra Networks, S.A. , a global Internet company and a leading provider of Internet access and interactive content and services to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, under which Terra will acquire Lycos for $12.5 billion in stock.