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Founded in September 1997, and partially funded by Bill Gates, Yahoo!, and Amazon.com, Altura International develops and hosts custom private label e-commerce shopping solutions for over 50 shopping sites including house brand malls such as SHOP.COM, CatalogCity.com and AllTheMalls.com, public malls for leading companies such as Gifts.com for Readers’ Digest and private malls for closed shopping communities such as MasterCard, Quixtar and MarketAmerica. Through SHOP.COM, Altura`s flagship shopping portal, consumers are provided easy access to the world`s best products from merchants they know and trust. Building on the strengths of its Altura Merchant Operating System (AMOS) technology and its marketing agreements with hundreds of top name brand merchants, Altura has established itself as the leading developer of e-commerce shopping solutions. Additionally, as the only multi-vendor, multi-lingual and multi-currency e-commerce shopping engine, AMOS fully supports global shopping access as well. Altura-powered malls are located at the most heavily trafficked Internet intersections and are designed to deliver the most satisfying remote shopping experiences for customers around the world. Altura International is a privately held company and is headquartered in Monterey, Calif. More information can be found by visiting the company`s Web sites at www.altura.com and www.shop.com.