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FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Ticketmaster Online and CitySearch's online offering, Ticketmaster.com, has plans to announce a new Internet service that will enable customers to purchase and download printable tickets via their PCs.

Ticketmaster, based in Pasadena, Calif., intends to have the electronic tickets available sometime this spring.

H&R Block Inc. has named E-Loan Inc., an online mortgage company, the sole mortgage services provider for its site, www.hrblock.com. Known primarily for tax preparation, Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R Block will expand its online investment services by adding mortgage resources to its home page. The agreement will enable customers to use Dublin, Calif.-based E-Loan's array of mortgage services and debt management tools, which include customized rate quotes, tax estimation calculators and loan rate notification via e-mail.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Autobytel.com Inc. has announced that it plans to sell cars nationwide over the Internet. The Irvine, Calif.-based company will provide customers with the ability to browse through a real-time program that includes instant pricing, financing, insurance and trade-in options. Home delivery is also available.

Depending on the state and the gross selling price of the automobile, the fee for an Autobytel dealer is between $100 and $300.

Without specifying a reason, Legato Systems Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif., has announced that it has canceled an acquisition deal it had with Ontrack Data International Inc., a data recovery software and service provider in Eden Prairie, Minn. The $134 million cash and stock transaction was signed approximately two months ago.

Vint Cerf, a pioneer in the development of the TCP/IP protocol and the foundation of the Internet, has joined the board of directors at Nuance Communications Inc. The Menlo Park, Calif., firm develops natural voice interface software for telecommunications, enterprise and Web-based systems.

Cerf is currently senior vice president for Internet architecture and technology at MCI WorldCom Inc.

Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corp. has expanded its software portfolio, purchasing Terascape Software Inc. for slightly less than $50 million in cash.

Terascape, in Needham, Mass., is a private developer of storage-performance software. EMC's software focuses on performance management for Oracle Corp. database environments.

Washington-based market research group The Strategis Group has reported that business demand for bundled telecommunications services is strong. Of businesses polled for a report on bundling services, 66 percent said they were interested in purchasing bundles of at least two services such as local telephone, long-distance telephone, cable TV, satellite TV, Internet access, cellular service and paging.

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