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FRAMINGHAM (07/13/2000) - Agillion Teams Up With Office DepotOffice Depot Inc. in Delray Beach, Fla., and Agillion Inc. in Austin, Texas, announced that they will jointly market their online products and services for small businesses. Agillion will offer its management services through Office Depot's Web site and catalog. Agillion's technology lets small businesses create Web pages that can be personalized for each of their customers.

Yahoo Posts Gains

Yahoo Inc. this week posted stronger-than-expected financial results for its second fiscal quarter, as well as a sharp increase in traffic to its Internet sites. Excluding acquisition-related charges and other unusual items, second-quarter net income was $73.9 million, or 12 cents per share, compared with $27.1 million or 5 cents per share one year ago, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. Analysts had expected the company to report a profit of 10 cents per share, according to First Call/Thomson Financial in Boston.

Reported revenue for the second quarter, which ended June 30, was $270.1 million, an increase of 110% from $128.6 million one year ago.

IBM Buys Aragon

IBM Corp. announced this week that it has acquired Aragon Consulting Group, a market research and strategy firm in St. Louis. IBM said the acquisition will help it provide the entire spectrum of electronic-business services, from Internet strategy and marketing services to back-end integration. Financial terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed. Aragon's specialty areas include research, market segmentation, new product development and brand positioning.

The company's U.S. customers include the Chicago Tribune and Bank of America Corp.

Pinkerton Names VPs

Pinkerton Computer Consultants Inc. in Trevose, Pa., announced the appointment of Bob Burton as vice president and general manager of its southeast region.

Burton comes from CACI International Inc. in Arlington, Va., where he was vice president in charge of logistics and corporate business development. Pinkerton also announced the promotion of Joseph Chrisinger to vice president and group manager. Chrisinger was serving as project manager of information technology services for the Federal Deposit Insurance Co. at Pinkerton before his promotion.

ADP Adopts PoliteMessaging System

Roseland, N.J.-based Automatic Data Processing Inc., which provides systems and communications networks for 18,000 auto dealerships in the U.S. and Canada, has selected San Jose-based BackWeb Technologies Inc.'s Polite software to keep its members informed of products, pricing, promotions and training programs. The Polite software provides Internet-based applications and proactive portals that allow users to send information whenever network bandwidth is available, without disrupting other network activities.

Excite Helps Set Up Shop

At Home Corp. in Redwood City, Calif., is offering a service called Freetailer that lets anyone with an Internet connection create a business Web site. Once users sign on at www.freetailer.com, all services are free for the first 100 business transactions. After that, users are asked to upgrade their sites and begin paying monthly fees. There is no time limit on the first 100 transactions, so users can return to their online businesses after a lapse without charge.

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