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Hewlett-Packard today unveiled a deal with Amazon.com that will use the vendor's servers and technology for Amazon's Web infrastructure. As part of the agreement, HP will beef up its range of products sold through Amazon's consumer electronics store. The Seattle-based etailer will also start sourcing products directly from HP. Amazon said it had enlisted the help of HP as it was expecting demands on its systems to be three times greater this Christmas than in previous seasons. HP already sells its printers, scanners, digital cameras, PDAs and calculators through Amazon's site. The two companies said they had agreed to share the sales and advertising for the scheme. ® Related stories: HP issues profit warning

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