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Excite Partners With IBM

Excite Inc. Monday partnered with IBM Corp. in a deal that will link the search engine up with users of IBM's Aptiva computers.

The deal is similar to arrangements IBM cut with Apple Computer Inc., Dell Computer Corp. and Micron Electronics Inc.

Excite will become the preferred Web start page on Aptiva desktops. Aptiva users will be able to create a customized start page using content from Excite partners.

Users will be able to get local information, such as TV listings, sports scores and weather, and specify other topics they wish to follow. Each time they start the computer, their personal start page will be loaded automatically.

George Bell, Excite's chief executive officer, said the arrangement with IBM builds on the company's strategy of becoming the consumer's entry point to the Internet.

"The IBM relationship rounds our PC hardware strategy among PC manufactures as a great Internet start page for their customers. We've found that the relationship between the system manufacturer and the portal is powerful because it provides an immediate relationship with the customer, IBM and Excite," he said.