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Yahoo! Makes Move Off Desktop

Yahoo! Inc. Monday announced a deal with Online Anywhere that will enable Yahoo!'s content to be delivered to a number of information appliances, including personal digital assistants and set-top boxes.

Online Anywhere focuses on cost-effectively delivering content to information appliances, such as WebTV and the Palm III. It uses patented technology that allows Web pages to be easily converted for the devices, eliminating the need for pages to be rewritten or modified. Online Anywhere recently received a minority investment from Motorola Ventures, the investment arm of Motorola Inc.

The service will be expanded to include support for a wider array of information appliances and PDAs as well as wireless devices including pagers and data phones. Users of the devices will be able to take advantage of a number of Yahoo!'s personalization features, including free e-mail, calendaring and stock quotes.

"Online Anywhere offers the key enabling service necessary to distribute Yahoo! personalized content and services through a range of PC, wireless and other hand-held devices," said Ellen Siminoff, Yahoo!'s vice president of business development and strategic planning.