A week in tech

A round-up of all the latest tech news.

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- Excite Japan, a portal site operator, announced its plan to improve its golf-related services by way of a capital alliance with Par72 Plaza, a company that offers online golf-course booking services and sales of golf goods. The plan of Excite includes investment of about 100 million yen $891,000 to buy a 25 percent stake in Par72Plaza. Excite said it aims to begin offering service for making reservations for golf courses and information on golf tournaments through its portal site. These activities, according to Excite, are part of its efforts to lessen its dependency for revenue on the advertising business.

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