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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 26-Apr-96 #1217
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon May  6 17:25:20 1996



                                      
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>From the Editor's Desk...

     Spring Comdex promises to be very interesting this year.  In as much as
the "take-over" fever that seems to be running like a wildfire through the
computing community making good companies disappear with alarming regularity
is still in vogue.  Perhaps.. it is time the users made themselves heard
relative to the grabbing, leaching and ingesting of each other these "money
barons" are so greedily popularizing.  What they are doing is atrocious.  So
far, how many readers can honestly say they've seen good come from these
"happenings"??  All I see is a purposeful elimination of "the competition".
not an enhancement of choice for the users.  A number of victims .er ah..  I
mean acquisitions and mergers immediately come to mind.

    Take Central Point Software (PC Tools & CP Backup) for example.  Where
  are they now??  Its a fact they had just about the very best Tape Backup
  Software available.  It was affordable, reliable and its now ..gone.  Thanks
  to Symantec inhaling Central Point.

    Then comes Word Perfect. and all its nuances.  It may have had warts but
  its the puppy most of us matured using.  It has been bounced around like an
  old "Pensy Pinkie" Why?  So somebody could to do a bux grab??  Sure looks
  that way.  Now its being re-released by another firm.  The sad part is ..its
  so far behind the pack (16 bit) it'll more than likely never catch up.

    Then there is Delrina.  Inhaled by a company that really had nothing of
  real substance to offer other than a disk formatter and a few copy-cat
  utilities.  After all, they killed the "gems" they grabbed from CPS.  Now its
  a fair bet that Delrina's picture will change dramatically in the next year
  or so.  Its wild!

    This thing between Cheyenne and McAfee is an outrage.  Two fine
  upstanding well trusted firms duking it out in public slinging everything but
  yesterday's dinner at each other.  Why??  Again, for the almighty buck!
  Unfortunately it'll, as always, be at the user's ultimate expense.

     What ever happened to the good old fashioned premise that you outdid
your competition through sheer excellence in your products and service??
What's with all this "buy `em out and pigeon hole `em" garbage??  Can it be
that Cheyenne's anti virus program is that superior that McAfee simply HAS to
OWN  Cheyenne lock stock and barrel by what ever means it has at its
disposal??  What is WRONG with this picture??  Wanna bet if these spectacles
begin to hear from the users, worldwide, about their offensive behavior
things will calm down and get back to reality?

     By all means. Let the best man win!  Win by domination through superior
product not heavier pocketbook or slicker lawyers.  All that's really
happening is the users are being victimized.

     I could be wrong, I don't think so. let's hear from you.

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                        Cheyenne Sues McAfee, Larson

Cheyenne Software Inc. has filed a securities fraud suit against McAfee
Associates Inc. and its chairman, William L.  Larson, who was offering a $1
billion takeover bid.  As reported, anti-virus software specialist McAfee
announced earlier  this week it planned a hostile takeover of storage
management software publisher Cheyenne Software in a stock swap deal  that
would create the world's fifth largest software publisher.

In a statement, Cheyenne Chairman ReiJane Huai accuses Larson of making false
and misleading statements about  Cheyenne in order to promote McAfee's
takeover bid and influence the trading of Cheyenne stock.  The Associated
Press  reports Huai alleges McAfee falsely told Cheyenne stockholders that
Huai agreed to a merger and the only discussions  left would be about price.
Cheyenne's claim also said McAfee fraudulently stated Cheyenne had put itself
up for sale.

Cheyenne has asked the court to stop McAfee from making such statements and
seeks to reclaim its legal costs and any  other damages the court sees it.
Meanwhile, Larson contends the suit, filed in federal court in Delaware, is
meant to  divert attention from the merger proposal, saying, "The lawsuit is
a frivolous nitpicking of public statements. We are  convinced that our
conduct and statements have been well within the bounds of the law."

He also said several Cheyenne shareholders have filed suit, claiming
Cheyenne's board of directors have breached their  fiduciary responsibility.

                       Apple to Offer Windows Products

In what is being characterized as a bold move to revive its business, Apple
Computer Inc. is set to launch a number of  new products offering greater
compatibility with rival Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems.  Dave
Daetz, who  oversees Apple's line of Windows-compatible computers, told
Samuel Perry of the Reuter News Service, "Customers can  frankly now run more
software on Apple than any other PC. It's really that we're standing out by
fitting in."

Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters, Perry says two of
the new computers represent Apple's  "most concentrated effort yet to appeal
directly to the market for Windows machines, which outnumber those based on
Apple's Mac operating system by more than 10 to one." These units enable
Apple customers to:

    Use software written for either an Apple or Windows-compatible systems
     at the same time.
    Switch back and forth between these programs.

Also for the first time, one of the two Power Macintosh PC Compatible
machines will include an Intel Corp. Pentium  chip that can run Windows 95,
Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and MS-DOS 1.22 in addition tothe
Mac OS system.

Reuters says prices for these range from $2,599 for a machine with a '586 PC-
compatible card to $2,799 for the Power  Mac 7200/120 with a Pentium 100
megahertz card, with availability starting in June.  Besides the Power
Macintosh PC  Compatibles, Apple also is introducing wide-ranging upgrades of
its Power PC models. Users of other Apple computers  also will be offered PC
Compatibility Cards at $799 for the Cyrix 586 100MHz card and $1,049 for the
Pentium card.  Both have eight megabytes of random access memory, or RAM.  As
Perry notes, the timing of the new models is especially important as Apple
struggles back from a record $740 million  quarterly loss announced last
week.

                         HP to Offer Disney Software

A new color home printer featuring a built-in Disney Interactive CD-ROM and
home-craft software for family  entertainment is to be unveiled this week by
Hewlett-Packard Co.  United Press International reports from HP's Palo  Alto,
California, headquarters that the new printer is part of the DeskJet 680
series, priced starting at $300, and should  be available at retail stores
and computer resellers on July 1.

The DeskJet 682C lets users create invitations, greeting cards, coloring
pages and banners with the Disney trademark  through the Mickey and Friends
Print Studio CD-ROM, featuring some 200 images of Mickey, Donald, Goofy and
other  Disney characters, with a variety of print projects and page layouts.
The printer also comes with software featuring 50  specially designed images
and a craft kit for creating magnets, window art and banners. A media kit is
also included, with greeting card stock, envelopes and banner paper, UPI
says.

                        Microsoft to Incorporate Java

A new deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. reportedly calls for embedding Java,
Sun's computer language for interactive  network computing, into the
operating systems of Microsoft Corp. and its competitors.  One of the
companies and industry executives have told The Wall Street Journal that
Microsoft will put Java capability in its best-selling Windows 95 and that
Apple Computer Inc. is considering bundling Java with its Macintosh operating
system. Also, an IBM spokeswoman said the company is in the "planning stages"
of embedding Java in OS/2 and possibly other operating systems.

Reporter Joan E. Rigdon comments in today's Journal that the news is "ironic"
because "until now, Sun has positioned  Java as a potential killer of today's
desktop computer operating systems, a market Microsoft dominates with a more
than  80 percent share."  Besides that, Microsoft has its own technology --
ActiveX -- that the software giant says does many of the same things Java
does, only better.

Java has gained acclaim as the first major programming language designed to
run on the Internet and other computing  networks.  "With it," notes Rigdon,
"users can theoretically download bits of programs from the Internet as
needed -- a  spelling checker, for instance -- instead of buying today's
hugely popular operating systems and multi-featured  applications, such as
word processors. With that in mind, companies including Sun and Oracle Corp.
have announced  plans to build network computers that use Java instead of
traditional operating systems."

So far, Sun has aimed Java mostly at makers of Internet Web browsers, who are
adding several new features and are  positioning their browsers as
alternatives to conventional operating systems.  "But," says the paper, "by
getting  companies to embed Java into their operating systems, Sun is
supplying both sides in the war between makers of browsers  and operating
systems."

No timetable has been announced, but the Journal says the process of
embedding Java into the operating system is  expected to take "at least
several months."  Result could change desktop computing in a dramatic way.
"People using a  word processor, for instance," Rigdon comments, "could use
Java to go out on the Internet, process data through a  spreadsheet and
download the data directly into the word-processor document."

                          IBM Updates ThinkPad Line

IBM Corp. has updated its ThinkPad notebook PC line with several new models.
The new mid-range ThinkPad 760  series is equipped with Pentium
microprocessors ranging up to 133MHz in speed and PCI support, including PCI-
based  video graphics, a PC CardBus and PCI-based docking. Other features
include high-resolution 11.3- and 12.1-inch color displays, 16MB of RAM, a
variety of hard disk capacity choices and numerous standard and optional
multimedia  features. System prices start at $3,399.

The line is also compatible with IBM's SelectaDock, a new desktop docking
system that offers a choice of PCI, PC  CardBus and ISA expansion
capabilities.  IBM has also expanded its entry-level ThinkPad 365 series to
include a choice  of Intel 120MHz or 100MHz Pentium microprocessors or IBM's
own 586-class processor. The systems also include a high-resolution 11.3-inch
or 10.4-inch color screen, 8MB of RAM and a choice of hard disk capacities.
Prices start at $1,999.

"The ThinkPad brand has successfully penetrated the mainstream market with
these additions to the 365 and 760 series,"  says Steve Ward, general manager
of IBM's mobile computing unit. "These announcements offer the ultimate in
mobile capabilities and protect our customers' current investment. Several
new models are designed for fleet buyers and small business owners looking
for reliable and affordable mobile computingsolutions."

                        Computer Makers Agree on UNIX

Seven major computer makers have agreed to use Santa Cruz Operation Inc.'s
version of the UNIX operating system for  server computers based on Intel
Corp. chips.  Saying the decision means a fragmented segment of the computer
industry is moving closer together, reporter Don Clark writes in The Wall
Street Journal this morning, "Consequently, programs  written for one UNIX
machine often won't run on another, a drawback that has slowed wider adoption
of those computers."  Clark notes efforts to unify UNIX have foundered
before, "but competition from Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating  system has
lent a new sense of urgency."

The Santa Cruz, California, SCO bought Novell Inc.'s UNIX business in
December and reportedly plans to merge that  technology with another UNIX
product line SCO has been selling. The Journal says SCO also is working with
Hewlett- Packard Co. on a future version of the technology that will work on
a new line of microchips, known by the code name Merced.

The seven in the new UNIX pact -- Compaq Computer Corp., Data General Corp.,
ICL PLC, NCR Corp., ING. C.  Olivetti & Co. SpA, Siemens Nixdorf Information
Systems AG, and Unisys Corp. -- not only plan to use SCO's forthcoming UNIX
product line, but also are contributing cash and  engineering resources to
help other software makers  make products for the operating system, SCO CEO
Alok Mohan told the paper.

Analyst Philip Johnson of International Data Corp. told Clark the latest
effort seems more promising than past UNIX  alliances, though SCO faces major
technical hurdles in combining the two UNIX variants.  "SCO also faces
continuing  competition from Sun Microsystems Inc., which is also trying to
market a version of UNIX for Intel-based servers,"
Clark observes.

                      Sypglass Eyes SurfWatch Purchase

Word around Wall Street is Internet software firm Spyglass Inc. will buy
closely held SurfWatch Software Inc., a  company that makes software to block
Net users from accessing adult fare on the Net.  The Wall Street Journal
reports  this morning quotes unidentified executives familiar with the deal
as saying the Naperville, Ill., Spyglass -- which  licenses its Web browser
software to 72 other high-tech firms, including Microsoft Corp., Computer
Associates Inc. and  Oracle Corp. -- will purchase SurfWatch in a stock swap
valued at about $12.5 million.  The Journal notes SurfWatch, based in Los
Altos, Calif., was one of the first companies to offer filtering software to
enable parents to shield their children from adult-oriented Internet
material.

                     Cable Companies Face Net Challenge

Cable companies will have to do more than just peddle cable modems if they
hope to become significant Internet access  providers, reports market
researcher SIMBA Information Inc. of Wilton, Connecticut.  The company notes
that cable modems can deliver information up to 1,000 times faster than
today's telephone modems, but the limitations of PCs and  the Internet
diminish that advantage.

For example, the performance of cable modems, which are capable of
transmitting data at a rate of 10M bps, was reduced to only 3Mbps or less
during a focus group conducted by SIMBA. "The bottlenecks (in the
demonstation) hurting  performance weren't in the cable system or the modem,
but in remote content servers and in the comparatively sluggish graphics
processing speeds of the PC at the end of the pipeline," says Robert Wells, a
SIMBA researcher.

To be viable players in the Internet access business, cable companies must
take complete responsibility for service  provision, notes Wells.  "They must
create islands of peak performance within the generally sluggish Internet."
One  viable solution, according to Wells, is "Internet overbuilds," in which
a cable operator creates a "mini-Internet" within its  own system. Content
from the most popular Internet sites, as well the cable operator's own
content, would be stored  locally. This technique eliminates the need for
users to access the Internet, where speed is limited by remote servers and
congestion.

According to Wells, cable operators have the opportunity to solve the ease-of-
use problems that have plagued Internet  access providers.  "Unless users
have a CompuServe or America Online, Internet access has been burdensome, and
for  some, prohibitively so," he says.  "Cable companies are in a position to
make ease-of-use a major element in the  comparative advantage of their
system and service," says Wells. Nearly every top cable operator is
developing a strategy  to roll out cable modem service within the next
several years. "High-speed Internet access is a major part of the strategies
of cable companies to develop revenue beyond traditional pay television,"
says Wells. "With the correct approach, cable  modems are among the biggest
new revenue opportunities for the cable industry in the next decade."

                     Corel Launches WordPerfect Contest

Corel Corp. is inviting users of its WordPerfect applications to put their
creative abilities to the test as the company  launches its 1st Annual Corel
WordPerfect $1,000,000 World Contest.  The contest, which runs until May 20,
features  10 different categories. Winners will be flown to Salt Lake City,
Utah, for a black-tie awards presentation on May 29, to  coincide with the
launch of Corel Office Professional and Corel WordPerfect Suite for Windows
95.

"The Corel WordPerfect $1,000,000 World Contest will showcase some of the
best macros, templates, third-party  solutions, applications and creative
writing of WordPerfect users worldwide," says Michael Cowpland, Corel's
president and CEO.  Registered WordPerfect users may enter the contest as
often as they wish. Each entrant will receive one prize  package of a
specially boxed set of 10 jewel-cased CD-ROMS containing recently released
Corel multimedia software.

Entries can be created in any version or platform of WordPerfect,
Presentations, Quattro Pro or Paradox. Graphic  elements from any version of
CorelDRAW, the Corel Gallery clipart collection and/or Corel Professional
Photos on CD- ROM may also be included.

                         OS/2 Has Speech Recognition

IBM Corp. is working on a new version of its O2/2 Warp operating system
featuring built-in voice recognition.   IBM  notes that the product -- code-
named "Merlin" -- will be the first major Intel-based operating system with
built- in speech  recognition.  At the IBM Technical Interchange developer's
conference in Nashville, the company today unveiled an early  copy of Merlin,
which features IBM's VoiceType speech technology. The product also includes
an improved user interface with an enhanced version of the Lotus SmartCenter,
as well as simplified Internet access.

IBM notes that Merlin's built-in speech navigation and dictation capabilities
will allow users simply to tell their  computers what they normally would
have to type or execute with a mouse. The navigation portion will allow
people to  vocally navigate through menu bars and objects on the desktop in
order to do things such as open files and launch  applications.

"We believe that speech recognition in computers will be the next major
industry breakthrough when it comes to ease- of- use," says Wally Casey, vice
president of client product management in IBM's software group.  "Just as the
Macintosh  changed the industry when it introduced a graphical user
interface, OS/2 Merlin will alter the way people interact withcomputers --
from new computer users to business professionals to anyone who wants quick
and easy Internet access."  IBM says Merlin will go into beta test later this
quarter and become generally available in the second half of 1996.

                        Microsoft E-Zine Gets a Name

Microsoft Corp. says "Slate" will be the name of its new online publication.
Slate, with former CNN "Crossfire" co-host  Michael Kinsley as editor, will
feature editorial contributions from leading journalists, political and
cultural figures and  policy makers.

"I chose the name Slate, as in the blank variety, because we could pour
meaning into it," says Kinsley. "It's short and  crisp, and it suggests a
hard reality to counterbalance the amorphousness of cyberspace."  According
to Microsoft, Slate  plans to deliver high- caliber journalism to the
Internet, providing thoughtful commentary on public policy and culture.
"Slate's editorial features, interactive forums and reviews will offer a
decisive, nonpartisan atmosphere for the culturally  and politically engaged
reader," notes a statement issued by the company.

                           Home PC Use Up Slightly

A new survey conducted by the Software Publishers Association finds that PCs
are now used in 33.9 million U.S.  households, up slightly from 32.6  million
a year ago. The trade group notes that 34 percent of U.S. households now use
a PC.  Word processing is the most popular home software application, used in
89 percent of homes. Respondents reported using an average of nearly nine
different types of software, with online and Internet users reporting more
than 11 types.

Of all PCs purchased in 1995, 83 percent were equipped with CD-ROM drives,
compared with 55 percent in 1994. Seventy percent of PC households reported
owning a modem. Of modem owners, 46 percent subscribe to an online  service,
and an additional 26 percent use the Internet through another type of
gateway, such as an office, educational institution or gateway provider.

Seventy-seven percent of Internet users report accessing the Web. Once there,
research/reference, entertainment and  education sites are visited by the
greatest number of respondents.  Seventy-nine percent of respondents reported
that their  primary computer is an IBM or compatible system; 16 percent said
they own an Apple II, Macintosh or Power Mac. Of  households with Intel-based
machines, only 15 percent don't run Windows or Windows 95 on their primary
computer.  Eighteen percent of home users reported running Windows 95, and 35
percent of the nonusers planned to upgrade within the next six months.

Twenty-four percent of PC households reported owning a Pentium as their
primary computer, with processors slower  than a '286 down to less than 15
percent of the most-used computers. Last year, only 4 percent of primary PCs
held a Pentium chip, notes the SPA.

                      Year 2000 'Meltdown' Still Looms

Despite numerous media reports alerting organizations to the problem, Gartner
Group reports that 30 percent of computer  applications will not be year 2000
compliant by the end of 1999.  The market research firm notes that the
problem dates  back to the 1960s, when programmers wrote applications using a
standard date format of DD/MM/YY to conserve then  expensive storage space.
When the year 2000 arrives, "2000"  will be read by affected computer systems
as "00," potentially causing a complete system failure or producing incorrect
calculations in time-sensitive programs. At risk are  all applications,
mainframe systems, PCs,  networks and peripherals.

Gartner Group estimates that avoiding the potential system meltdown will cost
enterprises between $300 billion and $600  billion worldwide through 1999.
"The year 2000 date change poses one of the most significant challenges ever
faced by  the IT industry and will have enormous impact on business
applications, package solutions and system software, even  putting some
companies at risk in their business," says Kevin Schick, Gartner Group's
research director, who earlier this  month before a Congressional panel
investigating the problem. "The bottom line is the year 2000 virus is the
most  devastating virus ever to infect the world's business and IT systems."
"This is not a problem for 2000, this is a problem for today," adds Darlene
Brown, vice president and research director  of Gartner Group.  "The most
critical considerations in addressing the year 2000 date change are time
horizons, cost and  risk. The time horizon is the projection period of when
applications will fail because of the 2000 specification.  Cost is  the price
tag for the solution, including the cost of initiatives delayed while the
year 2000 resolution effort is prioritized.  Risk is not having a complete
inventory of the systems and environment, and not relating this information
to pertinent business values."

                       Man 'Imprisons' Himself Online

South African computer consultant Richard Weideman has made himself the first
prisoner in a cyberspace jail. He  sentenced himself to 88 days in a glass
cubicle in Cape Town with only a computer linked to the Internet's World Wide
Web.  "My only contact with society is an Internet connection and a glass
observation door," Weideman  wrote in his homepage (reached at Web address
http:/www.woza.co.za/woza).  Writing from Johannesburg, Marius Bosch of the
Reuter News Service says Weideman, locked up in his "prison,"  Weideman has
no access to radio, newspapers, telephones or television and can communicate
only through electronic  mail.  Since the Jan. 31 start of the project, named
"Woza" for World Online South Africa, Weideman has received more  than 2,400
electronic mail messages. School children and businesspeople are among those
who have communicated with him.

In a recent electronic mail interview with a newspaper, Weideman commented,
"The profound bit is dealing with the rest  of the world through a binary
umbilical cord. ..... I've exchanged e-mail views and anecdotes with people
from Alaska to Australia and 18 other countries in between.  The exciting
aspect is realizing just how similar we all are in this growing  global
village. How much I share in common with ordinary people in Ohio, or
Honolulu."

Saying many people see the Internet only as an "information distribution
mechanism," ignoring the Net's communication  potential, he noted, "This
results in a false belief that information flows in one direction only."  He
said better use of the  global communication facilities available on the
Internet could aid the development of many rural communities, particularly
poor black communities in South Africa.

"I aim to shatter that misconception by illustrating how we can use these
tools to collect vital demographic information at  a grass-roots community
level," he said.  Weideman plans to stay in the glass cubicle, an exhibit at
a telecommunications  show at the Cape Town waterfront, until next Saturday,
South Africa's Freedom Day, marking the second anniversary of  the country's
historic all-race elections.

The living and working space Weideman calls home measures 26 feet by 16 feet
and includes an exercise bicycle, bed,  couch and chemical toilet (hidden
behind a curtain). Meals and laundry are delivered without communications and
contact  to the cubicle's back door to which he has the only key.  But he
noted that even if he wanted to break free from his  imprisonment in
cyberspace, he could not. "For those (with) visions of me roaming free at
night," he wrote, "there are  infrared alarm sensors outside both of my
doors."

                         Mitnick Enters Guilty Plea
As part of a plea bargain, one-time underground computerist Kevin Mitnick --
subject of a three-year nationwide manhunt  -- has pleaded guilty to charges
of illegally using stolen mobile phone numbers.  Reporting from Los Angeles,
The  Associated Press says the plea, entered late yesterday, was part of an
agreement Mitnick arranged with federal prosecutors in North Carolina, where
he was arrested last year after being tracked down by a San Diego computer
security specialist.

The 32-year-old Mitnick also has pleaded guilty to violating probation for a
1988 break-in of Digital Equipment Corp.  computers in California. Mitnick
was finally tracked him down by computer specialist Tsutomu Shimomura, who
made  catching the system intruder his crusade after Mitnick allegedly broke
into Shimomura's own home computer and stole  security programs he had
written. He traced him to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was arrested in
February 1995.

AP says Mitnick, who had been charged with 23 counts of computer fraud,
agreed to plead guilty to one count of illegally  using 15 stolen phone
numbers to dial into computer databases. Mitnick consented to having the case
moved to his home  state of California. U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer
set sentencing for July 15.  Mitnick could be sententenced to up  20 years on
the stolen phone number charge, but will likely impose a substantially
shorter sentence, prosecutor Chris Painter told the wire service.  As
reported, Mitnick served a year in prison in California for illegally tapping
computers at Digital Equipment Corp.,  and served six months at a youth
facility at age 17 for stealing computer manuals from a Pacific Bell
switching center. In 1992, he disappeared while on probation.



            CANON UNVEILS CANOSCAN LINE OF COLOR FLATBED SCANNERS
              TO PERSONALIZE COMMUNICATIONS AT HOME AND OFFICE

CanoScanT 600 Provides "Reproduction-Quality" Scanning for Professionals;
CanoScan 300 Offers Affordable, Fun Scanning for the Entire Family

COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 15, 1996) -- Canon Computer Systems Inc. (CCSI)
today introduced a new line of color flatbed scanners:  the CanoScan 300 and
the CanoScan 600.  The CanoScan 300 is the first scanner to combine high
quality, ease-of-use and Canon Creative software specifically designed for
the home user.  Equipped with software-enabled automatic scanning and
advanced image manipulation features, the CanoScan 600 combines compact size
with "reproduction-quality" capabilities for professional imaging
applications.

"1996 is the year we'll see imaging and input devices come into their own,"
says the vice president of marketing and customer care for CCSI.  "The
ability to customize documents or create personalized items such as scanning
in a photo and printing on Canon's T-shirt transfer paper will help educate
customers on 'What you can do with a Canon printer?' and bridge the gap
between input and output."

CanoScan 300
The affordable CanoScan 300 is the first scanner of its kind to meet the
expectations of small office/home (SOHOME) users by providing Canon Creative,
a suite of five Windows-compatible software titles on one CD-ROM including
Hallmark ConnectionsT Everyday GreetingsT for personalized greeting cards and
Crayolar Art drawing and coloring program.  Coupled with Canon's exclusive
specialty papers such as T-shirt transfers and fabric sheets, the CanoScan
300 allows users to input any color image and photo to create personalized
gifts and crafts.  Also, home users will find the CanoScan 300 invaluable for
inputting images such as photos for delivery via the Internet.

Ease-of-use is enhanced by ScanCraft software.  Developed by Canon
Information Systems, the software arm of Canon, ScanCraft permits even novice
users to produce brilliant artwork by scanning in detailed color graphics
quickly and easily.  ScanCraft includes a TWAIN driver, allowing any TWAIN
compliant imaging application to directly scan images with the CanoScan.  In
addition, ScanCraft includes a color copier utility allowing users to
immediately make color prints from any Bubble JetT printer by simply pressing
the "copy" button.

SOHOME users will appreciate the new scanner's 300 x 600 dpi (dots per inch)
resolution that can deliver 1200 dpi enhanced resolution, ideal for business
graphics as well as detailed line art.  The CanoScan 300's 27-bit input
provides optimum 24-bit scanning, with improved shadow and contour detailing.
Replacing Canon's current IX-4025 scanner, the CanoScan 300 is expected to
have an estimated street price of $449* when it becomes available in
June/July.

CanoScan 600
The CanoScan 600 is CCSI's first color flatbed scanner designed for the
professional user.  The new scanner combines a compact "footprint" with 600 x
1200 dpi resolution that can deliver 2400 dpi enhanced resolution; and 30-bit
input to provide the best 24-bit image possible.  ScanCraft software gives
CanoScan 600 users both automatic scanning features and advanced image
manipulation functions.

The addition of the optional film adapter unit gives the CanoScan 600 a
single solution for scanning prints and artwork, as well as film negatives
and slides up to eight by 10 inches in size, an ideal feature for the graphic
designer or desktop publisher.  Estimated street price for the adapter is
$479*.

For "after-hours" activities or customizing applications such as stationery
and business cards, small business users will appreciate the inclusion of the
Canon Creative.  The estimated street price for the CanoScan 600, with
anticipated availability in June, is $899*.

Possessing the smallest footprints in their class, the CanoScan 300 and
CanoScan 600 take up practically the same desk space as the Sunday newspaper.
Each model features a flicker-free Xenon light source, ensuring a lifetime of
consistent scanning.  CCSI also offers an optional automatic document feeder
(estimated street price $329*) that facilitates scanning of large volume
jobs.

Visual Communications Strategy
The CanoScan line is integral to CanonOs Visual Communications strategy
dedicated to providing all the tools for people to enhance communications for
business or pleasure, whether that communication is displayed, printed or
transmitted.  The essence of CCSI's Visual Communications strategy is to help
customers become more productive, personalize their communications, look more
professional and be more successful.

Canon Imaging Technologies
Since introducing its first camera more than 50 years ago, Canon's
accumulated technologies in imaging have led to the creation of many
sophisticated, high-technology products that enhance communication, including
analog copiers, digital monochrome and color copiers, facsimiles, laser and
Bubble Jet printers and scanners.  As the world's largest manufacturer of
optical lenses, Canon's precision-molded aspherical glass lenses are used on
more than 60 percent of the world's professional television cameras as well
as Canon brand cameras, camcorders and office machines.

About CCSI
Since  1992,  Canon Computer Systems Inc. has led Canon's activities  in  the
U.S. computing market with the following product lines:  Bubble Jet and laser
printers,   CanoScan  scanners,  Innovar  multimedia  desktop  and   notebook
computers, as well as the integrated computer/printer product, the  NoteJetr.
Small office/home office (SOHO) and small office/home (SOHOME) customers  are
reached  via  the  mass  market  channel -- a network  of  computer  dealers,
superstores  and  mass  merchants who represent more than  7,000  storefronts
nationwide.  CCSI also offers Innova ProT advanced systems based  on  Windows
NT and Intel technologies targeted for medium to large corporate customers.

Canon  is recognized as the world's largest computer printer manufacturer,  a
leader  in  imaging technology and a top worldwide patent holder.   For  more
information, customers can call 800-848-4123 or visit the CCSI  web  site  at
http://www.ccsi.canon.com.

                                   # # # #

*  Street prices are estimates only.  Actual prices are determined by
individual dealers and may vary.
Canon,  Innova,  NoteJet,  BJC, FAXPHONE and BJ  are  registered  trademarks.
Bubble  Jet,  Innova  Media, Innova Pro, PowerShot, CanoScan,  MultiPASS  and
Canon  Convertible  are trademarks of Canon Inc.  All  other  trademarks  are
properties of their respective owners.




EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


                                   Edupage
Contents


Bell Atlantic And Nynex Merger Actions
Compuserve Opens Bidding At $30 A Share
Cheyenne-McAfee Feud Gets Nasty
Gov't Technology Acquisition Plan Criticized
True Plug And Play Is On The Way
Bell Launches New Business Data Service
Spectrum Of Opinion
100,000,000 Mice Served
Bank Backs Internet Credit Card Purchases
Voter Registration On The Web
Leary Talks Of Suicide On The Net
Cisco Buys StrataCom For $4 Billion
Job Cuts Expected From Bell Atlantic/Nynex Merger
Random House Looks To New Media
Free E-Mail
FCC Gears Up For Telecom Act Implementation
Call-Waiting Screening
Grateful Med On The Internet
Internet Shopping Appliance
When The Clock Strikes 2000
Unix Users Unite
"I'd Rather Have A PC"
Microsoft Puts Java Into Windows 95
Shrinking Flash Chips
Digital, Computer Associates Team Up On Software
Speed Is Of The Essence
Advertising Vs. Subscription Fees For Info On The Web
FCC Boosts Prospect For Supernets
Internet Sales Undermine Sales Taxes
Microsoft, Casio To Build Consumer Products
Hardware Solution To E-Commerce Security
Adobe, Apple And Scitex Target On-Demand Printing
Internet Phone Faces Regulatory Fight
Mitnick Guilty Plea


                   BELL ATLANTIC AND NYNEX MERGER ACTIONS
Bell Atlantic's board has approved a merger with Nynex, and Nynex's okay is
expected today, for a Monday  announcement of plans for a combined
corporation that would be the second-largest phone company in the U.S. (after
AT&T).  After the one-year merger process, Bell Atlantic's Ray Smith will be
CEO of the new corporation for one year,   and will then step down to be
replaced by Nynex Chairman Ivan G. Seidenberg.  (New York Times 20 Apr 96
p19;  21 Apr 96 p12)

                   COMPUSERVE OPENS BIDDING AT $30 A SHARE
CompuServe, the second largest commercial online service, is going public,
hoping to capitalize on the Internet frenzy  that's characterized IPOs such
as Netscape's and Yahoo!'s.  It's priced its initial offering at $30 a share
for 16 million  shares, which will raise $454 million for CompuServe's parent
company, H&R Block.  Some analysts doubt that  CompuServe's offering will
generate the same excitement as some of the purely Internet offerings,
however.  "The  climate is certainly not optimal.  CompuServe blew it by a
few months on the timing," says one investment analyst.   High-tech investors
will be watching the stock market's reaction closely, looking for a benchmark
by which the value of  competitors America Online and Prodigy can be judged.
(Wall Street Journal 19 Apr 96 B6)

                       CHEYENNE-MCAFEE FEUD GETS NASTY
Cheyenne Software, the target of what has turned into a hostile takeover
attempt by McAfee Associates, has filed suit  against McAfee and its chairman
William Lawson.  The suit accuses Lawson of making false and misleading
statements  about Cheyenne in order to influence the trading of Cheyenne
stock.  The companies have been feuding since last  Monday, when Cheyenne
rejected McAfee's buyout offer of $27.50 a share.  McAfee said it had no
immediate comment  on the suit.  (Investor's Business Daily 19 Apr 96 A19)

                GOV'T TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION PLAN CRITICIZED
After repealing in February the discredited 1965 Brooks Act, which dictated
that all computer purchases must be made   through the General Services
Administration via a lengthy competitive process, President Clinton's new
plan for  government technology acquisition goes too far in the other
direction, say some critics.  The new rules require big  systems to be
dissected into small independent chunks, allowing easier upgrades to the
latest technology.  In addition,   under the new rules agencies must analyze
and redesign operations before they invest in systems to automate them.
Senator William Cohen (Maine-D), who sponsored the legislation, estimates the
new system could save up to $175 billion  over five years, but a former CIO
for Xerox, Kraft and General Foods disagrees:  "Treating each systems
acquisition as a  separate solution has resulted in thousands of
unintegrated, hard-to-maintain, impossible-to-manage, contractor-dependent
islands of automation....  This act may succeed in eliminating much of the
existing regulatory chaos of acquisition only to  become saddled with a more
costly chaos of operations."  (Scientific American May 96 p30)

                      TRUE PLUG AND PLAY IS ON THE WAY
The Universal Serial Bus, which is being promoted by a group of companies led
by Intel, theoretically will allow simple  connections to as many as 127
computer peripheral devices using a single type of connector.  Beginning
later this year,  Intel will incorporate USB connectors into many of its
motherboards, providing a de facto standard for about half of all  PCs sold.
The new format will enable much faster performance and will allow add-ons to
hook into each other,  eliminating the snarl of cables and wires that lurks
behind most PCs today.  Of course the computer industry never agrees
unanimously on anything, so a competing standard, called IEEE 1394, is being
developed to perform similar functions,  and is likely to be available in PCs
sometime next year.  Hewlett-Packard and Compaq have demonstrated "sealed-
box"  prototypes that sport both types of connections.  (Business Week 22 Apr
96 p22)

                   BELL LAUNCHES NEW BUSINESS DATA SERVICE
Ball Canada launched an electronic service that will allow businesses to set
up private networks between customers and  suppliers to order goods on the
Internet.  The service, dubbed "Tactik," is based on the electronic data
interchange (EDI)   standard that allows businesses around the world to use
the same set of electronic forms for computer-based transactions.
(Toronto Financial Post 19 Apr 96 p6)

                             SPECTRUM OF OPINION
Technology pundits George Gilder, Nicholas Negroponte, and Peter Huber told a
Senate Commerce Subcommittee on  spectrum policy that broadcasters have
contributed to a shortage of spectrum space, with Gilder and Negroponte
maintaining that spectrum  should be used for mobile technologies, because
analog broadcasting is obsolete..  Gilder is  opposed to auctioning (which he
sees as "a tax on innovation") whereas Huber thinks auctions are the most
efficient  means of spectrum allocation.  Janice Obuchowski, a former NTIA
administrator, told the subcommittee that eliminating  entrenched interests
in occupying spectrum is as much a political as a technical one.
(Communications Daily 19 Apr 96)

                           100,000,000 MICE SERVED
The mouse has made its mark -- since its invention in 1963 by Douglas
Engelbart, the computer mouse has transformed  the way that most people
interact with their machines.  Logitech, which claims 40% of the worldwide
mouse market, has  just rolled the 100-millionth mouse off its SuzHou, China
production line.  Engelbart, who also pioneered the ideas of  windows and
hypertext, says, "For one company to reach such a milestone means that users
have understood the benefits  of interacting with their computers using a
tool that matches the way their sensory and motion machinery work."
(Information Week 15 Apr 96 p12)

                  BANK BACKS INTERNET CREDIT CARD PURCHASES
The Bank of Montreal has become the first major Canadian bank to fully
support Visa and MasterCard purchases over the  Internet.  An Internet-based
business, Internet Liquidators, has met the bank's criteria for providing the
necessary  security to facilitate the transaction, but there's no one else in
line. The bank requires online vendors to adhere to the  Netscape's
transaction protocol, Secure Socket Layer (SSL), and to have "firewall"
software to block Internet surfers  from gaining access to an organization's
internal computer system through its Internet connection.  (Toronto Globe &
Mail 19 Apr 96 B13)

                        VOTER REGISTRATION ON THE WEB
MCI and Rock The Vote are making it possible for people to use the World Wide
Web to submit voter registrations for  their home state and receive back a
pre-stamped, addressed and completed voter registration form for mailing.
Site is < http://netvote96.mci.com/ >.  (Atlanta Journal Constitution 19 Apr
96)

                      LEARY TALKS OF SUICIDE ON THE NET
Cancer-stricken Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist who became famous in
the 1960s for advocate the use of LSD  and other psychedelic drugs, says he
is "very involved in the high tech of dying" and is "actively exploring" the
idea of  committing suicide in front of a camera that would transmit the
event over the Internet.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 19 Apr 96 A4)

                     CISCO BUYS STRATACOM FOR $4 BILLION
Cisco Systems, already the leading supplier of routers and other local-area
networking products, has agreed to purchase  StrataCom Inc. for $4 billion in
stock.  Strategically, the move positions Cisco to take advantage of
StrataCom's expertise  in the fast-growing wide-area switching market,
allowing Cisco to expand its offerings to phone carriers.  "Cisco needed   a
switch maker," says a Forrester Research analyst.  "They rule the carriers in
the router market.  And StrataCom is hot  in Frame Relay and Asynchronous
Transfer Mode, two switching technologies."  (Investor's Business Daily 23
Apr 96 A8)

              JOB CUTS EXPECTED FROM BELL ATLANTIC/NYNEX MERGER
The merger of Bell Atlantic and Nynex, which will take about a year to
complete, is expected to result in a loss of 1,000  to 2,000 corporate
executive jobs, and some analysts are predicting that cost-streamlining by
the merged company will  cause additional job cuts in areas such as
marketing, billing, and repair operations.  Worried about such developments,
the Communications Workers of America, which represents 70,000 Bell Atlantic
and Nynex employees, is opposing the  merger.  (New York Times 22 Apr 96 C3)

                       RANDOM HOUSE LOOKS TO NEW MEDIA
Book publisher Random House will make an equity investment in Interactive
Imaginations Inc. as part of an agreement to  develop interactive puzzles for
the Internet.  Interactive Imagination is the creator of riddle.com, a
popular interactive  games Web site.  Some Random House crossword puzzles
will begin appearing on the site this month, and new, original  puzzles are
slated for later this year.  (Wall Street Journal 22 Apr 96 B5)

                                 FREE E-MAIL
Juno Online Services LB is starting a free Internet e-mail service for cost-
conscious users who don't mind wading through  a little advertising while
they're reading their messages.  So far, Juno has lined up 16 advertisers,
including Quaker Oats,   Okidata, and Miramax Films.  Advertisers will pay 10
cents for every PC reached.  Juno is working on deals with PC makers to
bundle its software into the pre-installation package they offer computer
buyers.  Next month, Freemark  Communications plans to start its own free e-
mail service.  (Investor's Business Daily 22 Apr 96 A6)

                 FCC GEARS UP FOR TELECOM ACT IMPLEMENTATION
The FCC April 19 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on interconnection
provisions related to the  Telecommunications Act, providing initial
guidelines for how new entrants into the local service markets will gain
access  to existing local exchange carriers in order to provide seamless
service.  The proposed rulemaking is short on specifics,  but hints at the
FCC's position on whether the it plans to maintain the role of chief
regulator, or will delegate that  authority to the states:  "Given the
forward-looking focus of the 1996 Act, the nationwide character of
development and  deployment of underlying telecommunications technology, and
the nationwide nature of competitive markets and entry  strategies in the
dynamic telecommunications sector, we believe we should take a pro-active
role in implementing  Congress' objectives."  Long distance companies prefer
that the FCC impose uniformity, while the local phone companies have said the
federal agency should defer to the states.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives
22 Apr 96 A20)

                           CALL-WAITING SCREENING
If you've ever interrupted an important phone call for a solicitation from a
carpet salesman, this product's for you.   Starting this summer, a new
service called call-waiting identification (CWID) will be offered by local
phone companies.   The service will send the phone number of the incoming
call along with the characteristic beep to let you know someone  is trying to
reach you.  CWID will require new equipment, and companies such as Casio
Phonemate, Sony, Panasonic  and others planning to have their new CWID units
available in the next few months.  (Popular Science Apr 96 p43)

                        GRATEFUL MED ON THE INTERNET
The National Library of Medicine's Grateful Med electronic retrieval service
is moving to the Internet, making the vast  storehouse of electronic
databases available via the Web.  The service, dubbed Internet Grateful Med,
does not require  users to have any special software, and will be priced per
character shipped, with a typical physician's search costing  about $1.25.
Would-be users need to sign up for the service and receive a user-ID code and
a password.
< http://igm.nlm.nih.gov/ > or 800-638-8480.  (Chronicle of Higher Education
26 Apr 96 A25)

                         INTERNET SHOPPING APPLIANCE
TransPhone, a U.S.- and Canadian-based start-up company, has come up with a
low-cost interactive appliance, which  combines the functions of a full Web
browser, two-line phone, fax machine and answering machine into one unit. The
company also plans to offer an interactive TV version that can plug into a TV
equipped with a cable modem.  "One of the  targets is the (large) percentage
of people who do not have computers," says TransPhone's president.  The
appliance will  be available in June and subscriptions will run about $20 a
month.  (Broadcasting & Cable 15 Apr 96 p81)

                         WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES 2000
The Gartner Group in Stamford, Connecticut, says the federal government will
spend about $30 billion to modify a  massive number of computer programs in
which years were coded simply as two-digit numbers (without identifying the
century) and which will have to be fixed so that they can correctly calculate
things like benefits payments.  It is also  estimated that by the time the
year 2000 comes around only 70% of government computer programs will have
been  modified to deal with the problem.  (Computerworld 22 Apr 96 p1)

                              UNIX USERS UNITE
Seven computer makers -- Compaq, Data General, ICL PLC, NCR Corp., Olivetti,
Siemens Nixdorf Information  Systems, and Unisys -- have agreed to use Santa
Cruz Operation's version of Unix in their Intel-based servers.  Santa  Cruz,
which bought Novell Inc.'s Unix business last December, plans to integrate
that technology with another existing  Unix product line.  (Wall Street
Journal 23 Apr 96 B5)

                           "I'D RATHER HAVE A PC"
A Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association survey of teens and adults
in households that own both PCs and video  game machines shows that 54% of
the teens polled spend more time with the PC.  And if forced to choose
between the  two, 88% said they'd rather have the PC.  About a quarter of the
parents would allow their children "some influence" in  selecting a computer.
(Investor's Business Daily 23 Apr 96 A8)

                     MICROSOFT PUTS JAVA INTO WINDOWS 95
Microsoft's best-selling Windows 95 operating system will soon include Sun's
Java programming language, which  software designers can use to create tiny
"applet" programs that can be sent over the Internet for immediate use on a
personal computer.  This development is expected to give Java a good push
toward becoming an industry standard.  (New  York Times 25 Apr 96 C1)

                            SHRINKING FLASH CHIPS
Intel and Sharp Corp. have developed tiny 0.4-micron processing for 8-megabit
flash memory chips, shrinking their size  by almost half, and paving the way
for even smaller cellular phones, digital cameras and laptop computers.
Intel says it  will begin sending out sample chips immediately, and plans
call for mass production in September.  Sharp will begin  sending sample
shipments next month, but has not disclosed when it will begin mass
production.  Meanwhile, Hitachi and  Mitsubishi Electric Corp. are developing
16-megabit and even 64-megabit flash memory technology.  "Flash memory  chips
may eventually be used in the place of hard disks on computers," says an
Hitachi spokeswoman.  (Investor's  Business Daily 24 Apr A9)

              DIGITAL, COMPUTER ASSOCIATES TEAM UP ON SOFTWARE
Digital Equipment Corp. has formed a strategic alliance with Computer
Associates International that will target the  corporate market for high-end
computer network management solutions.  Although details weren't available,
industry  observers say the agreement likely will involve Digital selling or
licensing some of its software to CA, and providing  installation, support
and other services for CA's products.  (Wall Street Journal 24 Apr 96 B11)

                           SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE
Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico is building $46-million Intel
supercomputer that will be touted as the  world's fastest computer, capable
of cracking the long-time goal of 1 teraflops -- a trillion calculations per
second.  "It's  never been done before -- like the first moon shot," says the
head of Intel's supercomputer division.  In fact, researchers  say the
computer's peak speed could be almost double that -- 1.8 teraflops.  Energy
Dept. plans call for investing $940  million in its Accelerated Strategic
Computing Initiative between now and 2002, with a 100-teraflops system
possible by 2002 or 2003.  (Business Week 29 Apr 96 p90)

            ADVERTISING VS. SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR INFO ON THE WEB
Content companies are still trying to figure out how to make money on their
Internet ventures, and many are turning  away from advertising to
subscription fees to cover their costs.  "The ad model didn't support the
cost of creating  content," says Time's senior VP of new media.  "The only
free medium fully supported by advertising is broadcast TV,  but that's a
different model.  TV is broadcast, and the Net is narrowcast.  It's totally
one-to-one communication."  Time  Warner's repackaged Pathfinder Personal
Edition will be a subscription-based product, offering personalized news and
information from Time and People magazines.  Meanwhile, Simba Media Daily
estimates that U.S. companies spent $9.3  billion for online information last
year, and predicts rising expenditures of $10.6 billion this year and $12
billion in 1997.   (Investor's Business Daily 25 Apr 96 A10)

                      FCC BOOSTS PROSPECT FOR SUPERNETS
The Federal Communications Commission may reserve a band of radio frequencies
to allow free and unlicensed  transmissions at 25 megabit speeds of large
volumes of data within a group of buildings.  These so-called "supernet"
wireless services, which would operate at no more than one watt of power in
order to avoid interfering with neighboring  supernets, could then be
connected by high-speed phone lines to the Internet, thus largely bypassing
local phone  companies to get Net access.  (New York Times 25 Apr 96 C1)

                    INTERNET SALES UNDERMINE SALES TAXES
As commerce over the Internet increases, city and state governments are
looking for ways to collect sales taxes on these  transactions.  But a 1992
court case (Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota) held that for a state to collect
taxes on sales, the  vendor must have significant sales operations --
personnel, inventory, showrooms, etc. -- within the state.  Because many
Internet operations have extremely dispersed personnel, little inventory and
no showrooms, states have no legal right to  collect taxes on their sales.
Author Nathan Newman suggests the problem should be addressed by state or
federal  government:  "The best way to make up for the revenue lost by
lowered sales taxes would be through a state income  tax...  An even better
option is to use federal income taxes to substitute for lost revenue at both
the local and state level.   Although not politically likely right now, this
option seems only fair -- it was federal cutbacks in aid to states that led
states to rely so heavily on sales taxes to begin with."  (Technology Review
May/June p24)

           MICROSOFT, CASIO TO BUILD CONSUMER ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS
Microsoft and Japan's Casio Corp. will work together to develop hand-held
computer devices that can exchange data with  PCs running Windows.
Microsoft's latest venture into the hand-held device market, the Winpad,
suffered from software  that took too much memory and was slow -- it was
withdrawn before it hit the market.  The company is counting on  Casio's
expertise to move beyond PCs into the consumer products market.  (Wall Street
Journal 25 Apr 96 B2)

                  HARDWARE SOLUTION TO E-COMMERCE SECURITY
VLSI Technology and Tandem Computer's Atalla are developing chip-level
security products to protect electronic  transactions over the Internet and
intranets.  The products will incorporate DES, RSA and other encryption
technology,  and the companies hope their joint venture will establish a
hardware-based security standard for electronic commerce.   (Information Week
15 Apr 96 p34)

              ADOBE, APPLE AND SCITEX TARGET ON-DEMAND PRINTING
Adobe Systems is collaborating with Apple Computer and Israeli firm Scitex to
jointly market hardware and software for  on-demand printing.  On-demand
printing enables businesses to print small runs of documents or brochures at
more  reasonable per-piece cost than if they used a traditional printing
company.  (Wall Street Journal 24 Apr 96 B11)

                    INTERNET PHONE FACES REGULATORY FIGHT
The Canadian communications regulatory agency says companies offering online
phone services must pay a fee to local  phone companies to help keep local
phone rates low.  ShadowTel, the small Ontario company which recently
announced  it planned to offer telephone service on the Internet, appears
headed toward a fight with federal regulators over whether it must pay a
special fee to Canada's phone companies.  (Toronto Globe & Mail 25 Apr 96
B10)

                             MITNICK GUILTY PLEA
Kevin Mitnick, the object of a national manhunt last year on charges of
computer-related crimes, has reached an  agreement with federal prosecutors
to plead guilty to counts of possessing stolen cellular phone devices and
violating   probation terms.  One count calls for a maximum penalty of 20
years in jail.  Mitnick, known in his circle as "the Condor," still faces a
number of serious charges in California for illegal use of computer and
telephone networks over the past 15 years.  (New York Times 24 Apr 96 A11)


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