EarthLink and MindSpring Finalize Merger in Evening Action

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The original EarthLink Network (ELNK) and MindSpring (MSPG) have closed their merger, forming the second-largest U.S Internet service provider, according to EarthLink.

Shareholders from both companies gave their approval to the merger, which has a total market capitalization of $4 billion. The new EarthLink said the former president and CEO of EarthLink, Gary Betty, has been tapped as the company's CEO, while former MindSpring Chairman and CEO Charles Brewer will serve as EarthLink's chairman.

In other postclose news (earnings estimates from

First Call/Thomson Financial

; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified):

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

The

Federal Trade Commission

filed proceedings in a federal district court to block the proposed merger of

BP Amoco

(BPA)

and

Atlantic Richfield

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. The first hearing is scheduled for March 10.

FMC

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said it has made a $27 million offer to purchase

Advanced Machine

(AMVC)

.

Miscellany

3dfx Interactive

(TDFX)

said it would cut its workforce by 20%. The reduction would affect 100 to 130 employees, including 35 from its

Special Technologies Group

, which is set to be spun off.

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The Night Watch.