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DELL, XEROX FORM ALLIANCE: Xerox Corp. said Dell Computer Corp. will begin selling its office printers in the United States and in markets worldwide later this year. Dell will feature Xerox DocuPrint personal and network laser printers on its Web site as part of the agreement. It also will sell the full line of printers Xerox acquired as part of its $925-million purchase of Tektronix Inc.'s printing business in January. Dell will sell the printers to small business and corporate customers.

COKE PLANS CASHLESS VENDING: Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers plan to spend $100-million on software that will let soft-drink vending machines take credit and debit cards. Coke will use a Marconi PLC telecommunications system to connect 500,000 machines worldwide to the Internet and allow cashless payments. In October, Coca-Cola said it had tested technology that could raise or lower the price of drinks in vending machines based on the weather. It didn't put the machines into use.

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