PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Hewlett-Packard Co. and Oracle Corp. have struck a deal to develop and market products using HP's e-speak technology, the centerpiece of HP's effort to expand its Internet services business.

Under the agreement, Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., will integrate e-speak into its Oracle8i database software, the companies said in a statement Wednesday.

HP says its e-speak software helps broker electronic commerce transactions and can run on any hardware or software platform.

The Palo Alto-based maker of computers, printers and scanners has been trying to boost its e-commerce services with a new Internet Business Unit, formed to create Internet software, solutions, appliances and e-services.