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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
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Subject: ST Report: 10-May-96 #1219
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Date: Mon May 20 17:03:06 1996

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                        Murdoch Sells Delphi Service

Analysts are saying Rupert Murdoch's decision to quietly sell Delphi Internet
Services just three years after buying the  Cambridge, Massachusetts, old-
timer indicates the media czar still is uncertain how to jump into the online
world.  As  reported, former Delphi CEO Dan Bruns says he is leading a team
of online executives in buying back the Boston area information service from
Murdoch's News Corp.

Writing in The New York Daily News, reporter George Mannes says Murdoch's
decision to sell (for undisclosed terms)  "is a continued sign that Murdoch
is struggling to define his Internet-related businesses." Mannes notes that
in February,  News Corp. dropped its plans to launch an Internet-based online
service after partner MCI allied itself with Microsoft.

"That service was intended to offer proprietary content and provide its
members access to the World Wide Web and other  parts of the Internet,"
Mannes observes. "Instead, the company launched a re-configured service
called iGuide. It is a  general-interest site on the web that includes
numerous reviews of other web sites."  As reported, Murdoch bought Delphi  in
1993, saying it would be the base for the company's online operations, and
would even lead to an electronic version of  News Corp.-owned TV Guide.

Mannes says the buyers led by Bruns, are buying the Delphi name, a computer
operations center in Cambridge and a  subscriber base of 50,000, which Bruns
described as "very loyal and very active."

                       Prodigy Buyout Said to Be Near

Word is a deal is imminent for the management team seeking to buy Prodigy
Services Co. from parents IBM and Sears  Roebuck & Co.  "The price could not
be learned," says reporter Therese Poletti of the Reuter News Service, "but
some  analysts speculated that the deal could be as low as $100 million."
Vice President Adam Schoenfeld of Jupiter Communications, a market research
firm in New York, told Poletti, "I have heard no denials coming from very,
very  high placed Prodigy executives ... that a deal could be done as early
as Friday."

Reuters also quoted an executive close to the situation as saying some issues
still are to be worked out, that "a deal is not  finalized yet, it's still up
in the air." However, the executive added a deal could be reached within a
week or so.  Poletti says price and some other terms and conditions are
believed to be the current sticking points.  As reported earlier, a
management team led by Prodigy CEO Ed Bennett originally was preparing to
launch a bid in the range of $250 million a month ago.

The team has been working with investment bankers Wasserstein Perella
Securities, based in New York.  Says Poletti, "Bennett, who wants to move the
online service to New York City from White Plains, New York, also is working
with other Prodigy top executives that he has recruited since his arrival
there in April 1995, after turning around the VH1 cable channel into a
competitor of MTV."

Currently, president Gary Arlen of Arlen Communications in Bethesda,
Maryland, estimates Prodigy's subscribers are under 1 million. "That would
place them at No. 4," Arlen told the wire service, just trailing Microsoft
Network and far behind industry leaders CompuServe and America Online.
Analyst Emily Green of Forrester Research told Reuters, "I think the biggest
problem they have had is getting IBM and Sears to perceive that the value (of
the company) has  dropped."

The two firm invested at least $1 billion in developing the service and
possibly as much as $2 billion, analysts have said.   Early last month,
shortly after news of Bennett's move to buy the company from its owners,
Prodigy laid off 150  employees, aimed at getting the Service in shape for
the management-led buyout.

                             IBM Licenses Mac OS

The IBM unit that supplies components and technologies to other companies has
agreed to sub-license the Apple Macintosh operating system to other  Computer
makers.  However, IBM officials in Armonk, New York, said the  company is not
committed to shipping an IBM product using the Macintosh operating-systems at
this time.  The Dow Jones News Service quotes analyst Eugene Glazer of Dean
Witter Reynold Inc. as saying, "It's not IBM's PC unit coming out" with a
computer using the Macintosh system. "That would be very different."

The wire service says IBM is expected to sub-license the Mac operating system
to any manufacturer building a computer  based on the IBM PowerPC chip.  "It
is similar to an agreement reached in February between Motorola Inc. and
Apple,"  Dow Jones adds, "but The Wall Street Journal reported last month
that Motorola plans to make its own Macintosh clones in China for sale in
that country and abroad."

Apple Vice President George Scalise says that from Apple's point of view, the
new deal "broadly expands the reach of  the Macintosh operating systems.
Analysts told Dow Jones that IBM probably views the new agreement as a way to
increase demand for the PowerPC chip, which was a joint product between IBM,
Apple and Motorola.  The wire service notes Apple and IBM also are working on
a sub-notebook product, but they declined to provide more details.

                          Tandem, Microsoft Team Up

In a move seen as opening potentially huge new markets for both companies,
Microsoft Corp. and Tandem Computers  Inc. have agreed to marry their server
technologies.  Reporting from Tandem's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, The
Wall  Street Journal reports terms call for Tandem to make its networking and
"fault-tolerant" software compatible with Microsoft's hot-selling Windows NT,
over the next year. Both companies will sell the software.

"That would give Windows NT, now used mostly for small and medium-sized
applications, a crack at the $8.5 billion  market for massive computer
systems favored by stock exchanges, banks, and other companies that risk
being paralyzed  by a single computer snafu," the Journal comments.  The deal
means Tandem gets to try for a foothold in the exploding  market for low-end
servers, which Tandem Chief Executive Roel Pieper predicts could add "more
than $1 billion" to  Tandem's annual sales.

"But the move is extremely risky for Tandem, too," the paper notes. "Until
now, Tandem has used its software as the key  selling point for high-end
computer systems that can cost millions of dollars. By selling the software
alone, Tandem may cannibalize at least some of its $1.5 billion high-end
computer business."

                       Ziff Names Editors, Publishers

Computer magazine giant Ziff-Davis has named new executives at PC Magazine,
MacWeek and ZD Net.

˙    Nancy Newman has been promoted from national associate publisher to
     publisher of PC Magazine, replacing Dan Rosensweig, who is being promoted to
     executive vice president of the Internet Publishing Group.

˙    Peter Longo is being promoted from associate publisher of Computer
     Shopper to nationalassociate publisher of PC Magazine.

˙    Rick LePage is being promoted from editor of MacWeek to the
     publication's editor-in-chief. He replaces Mark Hall, who will remain with
     MacWeek as the editorial page editor while he works on a book project
     concerning the Internet. Hall will also continue to write his online column,
     "Off the Record," carried by ZD Net.

˙    Dan Farber has named vice president and editor-in-chief of ZD Net.  He
     will continue to hold his post as editor-in-chief of PC Week.

                           Wired Mum on IPO Rumors

Owners of Wired magazine aren't talking about the rumors that it may be
planning to offer public stock in the three-year-  old publishing venture.
"At this point we are not making any announcements and Wired is a privately-
held company,"  Taara Hoffman, director of publicity and  promotions at
Wired, told the Reuter News Service in San Francisco.  This  follows a report
in the San Francisco Examiner that Wired publisher Louis Rossetto had
retained the investment banking  firm of Goldman Sachs & Co. to investigate a
public offering at $10 to $12 a share.

Reuters notes the report didn't say how many shares might be issued or what
portion of the company Wired would be  willing to sell, but it did say
Rossetto had held a staff meeting early last week in which he informed
employees of the prospect. (Rossetto is CEO of the magazine's parent, Wired
Ventures Inc.)  The San Francisco publishing effort --  founded in 1993 by
Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe and backed in part by Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Media Lab  guru Nicholas Negroponte and publisher S.I. Newhouse -
achieved an initial readership of some 53,793. Circulation is  now estimated
to top 300,000 and Wired has formed two other units: its online service
HotWired, added in October 1994, and a book publishing division, HardWired.

"But," says Reuters, "one industry source said heavy investment by Wired in
its new businesses had been a drain on the  company, and could be forcing it
to consider fresh sources of finance. Industry sources have estimated that
Wired racked  up around $10 million in losses last year, largely due to fresh
investments, on revenues of around $30 million."

                        Adobe Seeks New Look for Web

A series of technologies that will allow Internet publishers to use magazine-
style graphics and typefaces is being unveiled  today by software publisher
Adobe Systems Inc., with a boost from Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft
Corp.  Noting critics complain current Internet graphics are lifeless and
boring, reporter Don Clark of The Wall Street Journal this morning
characterizes Mountain View, Calif., firm's project, code-named Bravo, an
effort to change the look of the World Wide Web.

"Adobe, which makes publishing software used by newspapers and magazines, has
persuaded Sun to support a new technical format that will spice up Internet
graphics," Clark writes, adding that computer maker Sun has agreed to include
the new technology with Sun's hit Java programming language.

Adobe President Chuck Geschke told the paper widespread use of Bravo will
mean that programmers' Web graphics will appear the same on any personal
computer, regardless of its microchip technology or software operating

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Adobe have said they will combine their technologies
for creating type fonts in order to develop a single standard for PCs and the
Internet, Clark reports, noting the two have competed over type font
technology for more than five years.

"Now, peace appears to have broken out," the Journal observes, quoting Chuck
Bigelow, a typography expert who heads Bigelow & Holmes Inc. in Maui, Hawaii,
as saying the two sides wanted to  avoid a standards war of the sort that
consumers saw with video-recording, that "nobody wants to be a Betamax."

Clark says the announcements "reflect a quickening race to make the Internet
more useful for vendors and consumers,"  noting, "While today's Web pages are
generally static documents, numerous companies are promoting new standards to
make animation and three-dimensional effects commonplace."

The Journal says Adobe's Bravo technology solves a  separate problem by
providing a standard way to display two-dimensional objects and type on PC
screens and printing devices.

"Using Bravo with Sun's Java programming language could help create programs
that reside on server computers and are  downloaded over networks to any type
of PC," writes Clark. "That technique could reduce the influence of Microsoft
in defining the technical ground rules that other software companies must

                     Intuit Offers Free QuickBooks Trial

Intuit Inc. says it will allow small businesses to try its QuickBooks 4.0 and
QuickBooks Pro 4.0 accounting software on a  free trial basis.  PC users can
obtain the software by dialing 800-781-6999, extension 702656. Beginning May
12, users  will also be able to obtain the software by filling out an
electronic form on QuickBooks Small Business Online
(, a part of Intuit's World Wide Web site.

Customers can use the free Windows trial version 25 times before the program
automatically inactivates.  Macintosh  users can try a full version of
QuickBooks 4.0 or QuickBooks Pro 4.0 for 30 days on a delayed billing
program. "Our  research shows that many small business owners are frustrated
because they've spent a lot of time and money evaluating  other accounting
packages that end up not meeting their particular needs," says Scott D. Cook,
co-founder and chairman of Intuit. "We want to solve that problem by allowing
all customers to easily evaluate the market leader for free."

                       Survey Finds High DVD Awareness

A new survey on digital videodisc (DVD) technology -- the consumer
electronics industry's most hyped breakthrough  since the compact disc --
shows that the product has already achieved a high level of visibility in the
marketplace, even though DVD won't reach stores until late fall or next
spring.  Results from a Video Business/Chilton EXPRESS poll  reveal that 45
percent of the 1,008 consumers surveyed have heard of DVD technology -- a
high percentage for a yet-to- be- released product. The survey also showed
that the respondents with the highest DVD awareness levels tend to be the
traditional "early adopters" -- younger males with higher income and
education levels.

Some industry analysts believe that DVD will change the way people watch
movies outside of the movie theater because  of the technology's superior
resolution and audio quality compared to VHS tapes. The new discs look like 5-
inch CDs  and hold full-length movies (in eight different language
soundtracks). DVD equipment will also play CDs and can act as  computer or
video game peripherals.

"The survey results support what analysts in the consumer electronics
industry have predicted: American gadget-lovers  are ready for yet another
product that improves the way they view, communicate and play," notes a
statement issued by  Chilton Research Services Inc. of Radnor, Pennsylvania.
"This survey, coupled with the fact that a large number of the  93,000
visitors at the annual Consumer Electronics Show lined up to see the digital
videodisc exhibition earlier this year,  indicates that DVD hardware and
software manufacturers may have an open-arms market for this product."

                      Intel Plans No Boards for Laptops

Chipmaker Intel Corp. says that while it has begun developing more laptop
computer technology related to  microprocessors, it does not intend to make
motherboards for portables as it does for desktop computers.  Visiting
officials in Tokyo, Intel CEO Andrew Grove told reporters that developing
laptop technology is becoming more difficult  because of demands for high
performance, low power and miniaturization, and Intel has been undertaking
designs to benefit laptop makers, who are important customers.

The Reuter News Service quotes Grove also as saying that at the end of 1995,
Intel ended up with more DRAM memory  chips than anticipated because of
changing demands from customers.  Grove said that when there was a shortage
of  memory chips earlier in  1995, customers had asked Intel to supply DRAMs
with the motherboards they ordered, but when the shortage disappeared they
began purchasing DRAMs elsewhere.  In other developments, Grove also
predicted future PCs will be networked multimedia computers that delivered
voice,  video, 3D and animation data to each other over the Internet.

                     PC Camera Lets Users Monitor Sites

Marshall Electronics Inc. is offering a color camera that sends images via
telephone lines to any PC.  The company says  its SECURECam I is designed for
remote monitoring applications and is the first in a series of digital color
cameras that plug directly into standard telephone lines for the remote
viewing and storing of video pictures on any PC.  The $599  SECURECam I
allows users to dial up a remote site on their PC and view live images at a
rate of 2 frames per second in  a 2-inch window.  Users can also snap high-
resolution 640- by 480-dot 24 bit color images.

The camera can work up to  250 feet from the phone line. Five or more cameras
can be integrated through adapters using the same phone line.  Marshall
Electronics is based in Culver City, California.

                      Corel Ships WordPerfect Programs

Corel Corp. says the 16-bit version of Corel WordPerfect Suite for Windows
3.1x is now shipping.  The new line of  WordPerfect products, which includes
Corel Office Professional, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel Presentations 6.0,
was  created from the WordPerfect software line Corel recently acquired from
Novell Inc.

Corel Office Professional, Corel  Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel Presentations 6.0
for Windows 3.1x are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-May, while Corel
WordPerfect Suite 7 for Windows 95 is scheduled for release in late May and
Corel Office Professional 7 for Windows  95 is slated to begin shipping in

"We expect a very enthusiastic response to the unbeatable value of our new
WordPerfect offerings," says Michael  Cowpland, Corel's president and CEO.
"The new Corel WordPerfect Suite gives our customers a value-packed
collection  of business applications for the price of a word processor, while
Corel Office Professional adds the strength of Paradox,  Group Wise Client
License and InfoCentral to meet all of their database, groupware and
information management needs."

                      FCC Ponders Internet Phone Calls

The Federal Communications Commission is wondering if it should begin
regulating telephone calls placed via the  Internet.  Although the FCC hasn't
yet announced whether it will launch formal investigatory proceedings, the
agency  will hear comments from interested parties through May 8.  Several
software publishers, including VocalTec Inc. now  offer programs that allow
computer users to place phone calls through the Internet. While the low-cost
connections can be  somewhat tenuous and noisy, the specter of increased
competition has many established phone companies worried.

The America's Carriers Telecommunication Association, an organization
comprised of 160 small-to medium-sized long-  distance companies, is one of
the telecommunications industry trade groups supporting government action.
The ACTA recently asked the FCC to create rules governing Internet telephone
service, arguing that such service is identical to the services provided by
ACTA's members, who are regulated.

The ACTA also claims that the anticipated high volume of unregulated calls to
be funnelled over the Internet will overload the Net. Additionally, the ACTA
states that unregulated Internet phone companies don't contribute to
congressionally mandated funding of phone service to low income and rural
areas or to the maintenance of the nation's telecommunications

                       Feds Call for Copyright Reform

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy are calling for an amendment to
the U.S. copyright law to protect intellectual property rights in cyberspace.
Hatch says a change in the law is needed, because of technological advances
that have given users all over the world the ability to make "instant and
perfect copies" of copyrighted works,  such as software, books, movies and
musical performances.

United Press International notes his remarks came as artists, publishers,
computer services and users squared off on the  issue yesterday at a hearing
of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering a bill to extend
copyright protections  to digital transmissions over the Internet.
Testifying at the hearing, director Kenneth R. Kay of the Creative Incentive
Coalition, whose members include most of the bigger media companies in
America, said piracy already costs U.S. copyright owners $18 billion to $20
billion a year.

The group strongly endorsed the Hatch-Leahy bill, which UPI says is
consistent with the recommendations of a Clinton  Administration study.  The
administration also is proposing a similar approach to international
organizations as a model  for international law.  The measure would prohibit
the manufacture and sale of devices designed to circumvent copyright
protection systems, which could put an electronic tracer on legitimate copies
that could pinpoint the source of the piracy.

UPI notes online services object to parts of the Hatch-Leahy bill that would
seem to make them liable for the copyright violations committed over their
networks.  William W. Burrington of the Interactive Services Association
testified the services cannot monitor everything that is sent over their

And Robert L. Oakley, law professor at Georgetown University, said a new
copyright law should make it clear that users  have the right to make
temporary copies of copyrighted works and have the right to give away, lend
or sell copies they  have legitimately obtained.

                     Survey Finds Poor Computer Security

Many U.S. businesses, government agencies and universities are reporting in a
new survey that their computer systems  have been broken into but that they
were poorly prepared to deal with the problem.  Reporting from San Francisco,
the  Reuter News Service says the Computer Security Institute of computer
security experts did the survey using questions  supplied by the FBI's
International Computer Crime Squad in San Francisco.

Says CSI Director Patrice Rapalus, "The survey results serve as a warning.
There has to be a greater commitment of  resources to information systems
security and increased cooperation between the private sector and law
enforcement.  "The information age has already arrived," he added, "but most
organizations are woefully unprepared." He said  technology has made it
easier for offenders to steal, spy or sabotage without being noticed.

The 428 organisations responding to the survey -- including corporations,
financial institutions, government agencies and  universities -- "confirmed
that their information systems are under siege," CSI said.  Results were:

˙    Forty-one percent had experienced some form of intrusion or other
     unauthorised use of their computer systems in the last year.
˙    More than half of those who suffered intrusions, or attempted probes of
     their internal systems, traced the intrusions to current employees.
     Unauthorised probes of computer systems were also prevalent from remote dial-
     in sources and  Internet connections.
˙    Twenty-two organizations said they had suffered 10 or more "attacks" on
     their system in the past year.

Reuters quotes CSI as saying unauthorized alterations of data - known as
"data diddling" -- were the most frequent form  of attack reported against
medical and financial institutions.  "Large majorities of those surveyed
considered independent  'hackers' and disgruntled employees likely sources
for eavesdropping, system penetration and spoofing -- attacks in which
intruders forge a return address to gain access to a computer system,"
Reuters reports.

Also, though, more than half cited U.S.-owned corporate competitors as a
likely source of attacks ranging from  eavesdropping to system penetration,
"and," says the wire service, "many said that information sought in recent
attacks  on their computer systems would be of use to American corporate

                      Internet Users Keep on Searching

A new survey sponsored by Lycos Inc. finds that American Internet users spend
more time searching for information than  reading the material they find.
While 80 percent of online users say they believe the information on the
Internet is useful,  54 percent report they spend most of their time
searching for information.

"Surfers, it seems, are finding it's messy out  there in cyberspace," says
Robert Davis, president and CEO of Lycos, which runs an Internet search site
( "More importantly, they seem to be crying out for the
Internet to be useful, and not just fun."

Of all survey respondents, 63 percent say the Internet does not complicate
their life (87 percent of those online and 57  percent of those not online).
In fact, 58 percent of all respondents feel the Internet can simplify their
lives.  Additionally,  66 percent of all respondents report that the prospect
of being online is not isolating (87 percent of those online and 62  percent
of those not online).

                      Study: Cable Industry Must Adapt

The cable television industry can realize new revenue in the range of $3.5
billion to $5 billion by the year 2000 through a  combination of new services
including cable modems, delivery of personal communications services (PCS)
and near  video on demand, according to SIMBA Information Inc.  The market
research firm notes that cable television, like most of the
telecommunications industry, is entering a time of intense redefinition.

The core business of delivering television services over a wire to homes will
not sustain traditional cable concerns in an era of competition and
regulatory changes.   While SIMBA states that cable will continue to be the
predominant subscription television service through the year 2000, its
customer base will begin to erode as competitive services boost their
subscriber numbers. One of the first ways cable operators will fortify
themselves in a newly  competitive market is through a continuing wave of
acquisitions, trades and mergers.

"Cable operators need to shore up their two most valuable resources which are
their networks and access to the  consumer," says SIMBA researcher Rob Agee.
"By 2005, there will be fewer than five primary cable operators controlling
more than 90 percent of all subscribers."

Agee notes that cable operators will also begin to bundle video, data and
personal communications services to compete  with satellite, wireless and
telephone company video networks. "Data services delivered via cable enable
operators to  leverage their robust and dynamic coaxial fiber networks to
revolutionize a proven and lucrative business almost immediately," says Agee.
But in order to succeed, cable operators have to act quickly and
aggressively. "Failure to  deliver high speed cable modem access is not an
option cable operators can afford," says Agee.

                      Gates Foresees Net as Easy as TV

Dusting off his crystal ball, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is
predicting that within 10 years, hooking up to the  Internet will be as much
a part of everyday life as talking on the telephone or watching television.
For now, though, he  notes, traffic jams are becoming increasingly frequent
as more people use the vast global computer network and as more  audio and
video are passed along.

Covering an education conference in Bellevue, Washington, The Associated
Press says Gates told educators that as  technology develops - including the
advanced types of telephone and cable lines needed to quickly deliver
information -- those traffic jams will cease. "Gates envisions the Internet,"
says AP, "as the place where people will eventually go for  information on
absolutely everything."

In his keynote address, Gates said, "Imagine everything being totally
available. In the next couple years, we're going to  get pretty close to that
ideal."  Noting the conference is intended to train workers for crucial jobs
that don't yet exist,  Gates commented that two years ago nobody would have
picked "webmaster" as a hot job in 1996. Now, webmasters,  along with
developers, systems integrators, graphic artists and other jobs related to
the World Wide Web portion of the Internet are in high demand.

                         CompuServe Denies FBI Probe

CompuServe Inc. officials today denied a Columbus, Ohio, newpaper report that
the online service is being investigated  by the FBI over a complaint about
adult-oriented data.  "We categorically deny that there is an investigation
being conducted by either the FBI or the Department of Justice," CompuServe
spokesman Russ Robinson told The Associated Press.

His statement came after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported this
morning that the FBI had begun investigating a  complaint lodged by a
Christian watchdog group called American Family Association over what it
characterized as  sexually-oriented material.

AP notes American Family, headed by conservative media critic Donald Wildmon,
is the  group that last year forced Calvin Klein to cancel a jeans ad
campaign featuring young models in provocative poses. The  organization also
pressured companies to drop ads for "NYPD Blue" because of the program's
adult content.

American Family's new complaint centers on CompuServe's Entertainment Drive
forums, which provide various  information about entertainment, such as
movies and television programming, and on the MacGlamour Forum, which
contains pictures and movies.  AP says the Justice Department has forwarded
to the FBI the group's complaint that the  CompuServe services violate the
new Communications Decency Act.

However, Justice Department spokesman John Russell told the wire service this
afternoon that does not necessarily mean  there is an investigation.  The
federal law in question, part of the massive telecommunications overhaul
signed by  President Clinton last February, allows for penalties of up to two
years in prison and $250,000 in fines for violations.

However, as reported earlier, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel in
Philadelphia currently is hearing arguments on  whether the decency law is
constitutional and Justice Department officials have indicated they would not
begin prosecuting violators until the case is decided.

As reported here, Judge Ronald Buckwalter issued a temporary restraining
order Feb. 15 that blocked part of the act,  declaring some terms used in it
to be too vague.  Meanwhile, CompuServe spokeswoman Daphne Kent noted parents
who  subscribe to CompuServe already can block access to any area of the
system by requiring a password to enter those areas.  However, she pointed
out, so far only 6,000 of CompuServe's 4.7 million subscribers have initiated
parental controls,  which Kent said suggests people are not very concerned
about the issue on the system.

                        FBI Says No CompuServe Probe

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have confirmed that
CompuServe is not being investigated because of  what a Christian watchdog
group considers adult-oriented material available online.  "As far as I know
-- and I should  know -- we are not doing an investigation," Theodore
Jackson, the agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati office, told  The
Associated Press. "That's news to me."

As reported, CompuServe officials also have denied a report in the Columbus,
Ohio, Dispatch newspaper that an FBI  probe had been launched following a
complaint from a Christian watchdog group called American Family Association
over what it characterized as sexually-oriented material. CompuServe
spokesman Jeff Shafer called the newspaper  account "erroneous."  And Justice
Department spokesman John Russell now has told the Reuter News Service,
"They're not under investigation. The FBI has not launched a probe."

                   WinZip 6.1, featuring the WinZip Wizard
                              Universal Release

WinZip 6.1, featuring the WinZip Wizard, is now available for Windows 95,
Windows NT, and Windows 3.1.  All registered users can download a free
upgrade to the English version.  Both 32-bit (Windows 95 and Windows NT) and
16-bit (Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups) versions are available.

˙    WinZip for Windows 95 features improved drag and drop support.
˙    German language versions of WinZip are now available.
˙    You can download the latest pre-release add-ons for WinZip from the Beta
     Test Information Page

WinZip Features Include

The WinZip Wizard:
This optional feature uses the standard and familiar "wizard" interface to
simplify the process of unzipping and installing software distributed in Zip
files. The WinZip Wizard is not targeted at experienced users, but is ideal
for the rapidly growing number of PC users getting started with Zip files.
When these users gain confidence or want to use more advanced zipping
features, the full WinZip Classic interface is just a click away. The WinZip
Wizard is new in WinZip 6.1.

Windows 95 Features:
WinZip includes long filename support and tight integration with the Windows
95 shell. Drag and drop to or from the Explorer, or ZIP and UNZIP without
leaving the Explorer. Drop files on a printer to print.

Internet Support:
WinZip includes built-in support for popular Internet file formats: TAR,
gzip, and Unix compress. Now you can use WinZip to access almost all the
files you download from the Internet.

WinZip won the Windows Magazine 1996 WIN100 Award, was a finalist for the PC
Computing 1995 MVP Awards at Comdex, and was voted "Best Utility" at the 1994
Shareware Industry Awards. Recent magazine quotes include:

˙    "No Windows 95 desktop should be without a file archiving utility, and
     Nico Mak Computing's WinZip 6.0 is the one to have." PC Magazine 5/96
˙    "WinZip is THE file Utility everyone should have." STReport Magazine
˙    "The best all-purpose file-compression utility for Windows 95 and
     Windows NT" Windows Sources 3/96
˙    "These days everyone needs a good unzipping utility. This is the best."
     PC Computing, 12/95
˙    "The best zipping and unzipping program you can find" Computer Shopper,
˙    "The best of the Windows ZIP utilities" PC Magazine, 9/12/95

Do you need to send files to end users who may not have an unzip utility? If
so, click here for information about WinZip Self-Extractor, a finalist for
the 1995 Ziff-Davis Shareware Awards. A pre-release version of WinZip Self-
Extractor 1.1 is also available. This version includes optional support for
Windows 95 long filenames, MS-DOS support (one .exe file works on either MS-
DOS or Windows), and improved automation and customization for software

              Adaptec Power Storage(tm) Hard Drive Upgrade Kit

How to solve your data storage needs, enhance your PC's performance, and open
the way to the hottest new peripheral One Easy Step.  The Power
Storage is the all-in-one external hard drive kit, so it's incredibly easy to
add  storage to your PC. And because it's external, you don't have to throw
away your old internal drive that came with your PC.

The Power Storage Hard Drive Kit can be used by you and the kids, in a home
or small office, or for multimedia  applications. One of the best things
about the Power Storage Kit is that the hard drive is a SCSI (Small Computer
Systems  Interface, pronounced "scuzzy") drive. SCSI peripherals and devices
are known for their superior performance and compatibility.

Expandability For Any PC!

Today's computing requires more data storage than ever before -- for new
Windows(reg) 95 applications, for multimedia  and games, for video, graphics,
and those large files you download off the Internet. Now there's an easy way
to solve  your storage needs and open your PC to today's hottest new

Adaptec Power Storage kit, gives you the high-speed, high-capacity hard drive
you need for today's storage needs -- and,  at the same time, provides a
convenient external expansion platform that lets you add up to six more
peripherals just by  plugging in a cable.

Power Up Your PC

Adaptec Power Storage kit gives your PC a SCSI interface. With SCSI, you'll
get the fastest disk access times available.  You'll be able to take
advantage of true multitasking under Windows 95. And you'll be able to add
high-performance  peripherals like Zip drives, tape drives, scanners, even
recordable CD-R drives.

Installation's A Snap

Simply install the SCSI connections card in the ISA bus slot of your 386/486
PC, or the PCI slot of your Pentium PC. It  takes less than 30 minutes, and
requires no technical skill. Then plug in your new Power Storage hard drive
and other  SCSI peripherals, just like that. You'll never have to open your
computer case to add peripherals again!

SCSI: The Secret To Your PC's Future

Inside every PC is an input/output (I/O) interface, which controls the flow
of data between your computer and its  peripheral devices (hard drives,
printers, scanners, etc.). Most PCs come standard with an I/O technology
called IDE or EIDE, a workable solution, but slow and very limited.

Computer users today are finding it makes sense to upgrade their I/O
technology to SCSI (Small Computer Systems  Interface) for a lot of good

˙    Only SCSI lets you use high-performance peripheral devices -- fast, high-
     capacity hard drives like your new Power  Storage drive, recordable CD-R
     drives, and removable media devices like Zip drives or magneto-optical
˙    SCSI lets you add up to seven peripheral devices to a single expansion
     port, just by plugging in a cable. What could be simpler?
˙    SCSI lets you add external peripherals, not just internal ones (as with
˙    SCSI moves data in and out of the system at a much faster rate -
     essential for today's demanding applications and  peripherals.
˙    It provides significantly faster disk access and frees your computer's
     CPU to work faster at its own tasks.
˙    Only SCSI supports true multitasking under Windows 95. So while you're
     scanning an image or backing up your hard  disk, you can continue working (or
     playing) on other things.

Take It Outside! The Advantages of External Expansion

PC owners have traditionally been limited to internal expansion - and limited
is the word for it. With Adaptec Power  Storage, you can expand externally,
with all these advantages:

˙    Once you've installed the Power Storage connections card, you can add
     additional peripherals just by plugging in a cable.  You'll never have to
     open your PC's case to add a new SCSI device.
˙    Take your SCSI peripherals with you when you're working at a different
     site -- or when you buy a new system.
˙    You'll never run out of expansion bays. Add your new high-performance
     Power Storage hard drive and up to six additional SCSI peripherals to a
     single expansion point.
˙    No need to trash your old drives -- you can save your existing hardware,
     and avoid the laborious floppy-by-floppy transfer of data and applications to
     your new drive.

Adaptec Power Storage Key Features

High Capacity:
  ˙    One gigabyte external SCSI hard drive.

High Performance:
  ˙    Connections card -- SCSI connections card supports 10 MByte/sec Fast
       SCSI-2 burst rate on the SCSI bus; (32-bit bus  mastering data transfer for
       Power Storage/PCI)

Hard Drive
  ˙    Power Storage hard drive provides 12 ms average seek time.

Widest Compatibility:
  ˙    Adaptec is the industry standard in SCSI technology, the one that
       peripheral manufacturers design to. You can count on reliable performance and
       the widest possible compatibility.

Easy Installation:
  ˙    SCSI connections card installs in minutes into the ISA slot of your
       386/486 PC or the PCI slot of your Pentium  PC -- no jumpers or switches to
       set. One-click software installation; supports Plug-and-Play under Windows

Multi-Platform Support:
  ˙    Works under Windows 95, Windows(reg) 3.1, MS-DOS, Windows NT(tm), OS/2,
       NetWare, UNIX.

Includes Free Software:
  ˙    Adaptec EZ-SCSI(reg) Software -- suite of 32-bit applications for your
       Power Storage hard drive and other SCSI  peripherals.
  ˙    Remove-It(reg) Software by Vertisoft(tm) -- Safely and easily lets you
       uninstall Windows and DOS applications and files you no longer need.

Adaptec, Inc.
691 South Milpitas Boulevard
Milpitas, California 95035

Adaptec Europe
Belgium Tel: (32) 2-352-34-11
FAX: (32) 2-352-34-00

Adaptec Japan
Tel: (81-3)-5276-9882
FAX: (81-3)-5276-9884

Adaptec Singapore
Tel: (65) 278-7300
FAX: (65) 273-0163

Literature:                   1-800-934-2766 (USA and Canada) (510) 732-3829
Ordering Software:            1-800-442-7274 (USA and Canada) (408) 957-7274
Interactive FAX :             (408) 957-7150
Adaptec USA Bulletin Board:   (408) 945-7727 (up to 28,800 baud, using 8
bits, 1 stop bit, no parity)
CompuServe:                   GO ADAPTEC
Microsoft Network:            GO ADAPTEC
Internet ftp server:     
World-Wide Web:     

Copyright 1996 Adaptec, Inc. All rights reserved. Adaptec, the Adaptec  logo,
the IOware logo, Power Storage, AHA,  and EZ-SCSI, are trademarks of Adaptec,
Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. Microsoft, Windows,  the
Windows logo, and Windows 95 are registered trademarks, and Windows NT  is  a
trademark  of  Microsoft  Corporation  used under  license.  Remove-IT  is  a
registered  trademark, and Vertisoft is a trademark of Vertisoft  Corporation
used   under license. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective
owners.  Information supplied by Adaptec, Inc. is believed to be accurate and
reliable   at   the  time  of  printing,  but  Adaptec,  Inc.    assumes   no
responsibility for any errors that may appear in this document. Adaptec, Inc.
reserves  the  right, without  notice, to make changes in product  design  or
specifications. Information is subject to change without notice.

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               Corel Begins Shipping New WordPerfect Products
                  Windowsr 3.1x (U.S. Versions) in the U.S.

Ottawa, Canada--May 8, 1996--Corel Corporation and its subsidiaries today
announced that the 16-bit version of Corelr WordPerfect Suiter for Windows
3.1x (U.S. version only) has begun shipping in the U.S.  This new line of
WordPerfect products, which also includes Corelr Office Professional, Corelr
Quattror Pro 6.0 and Corelr PresentationsT 6.0, has been created from the
WordPerfect family of software programs that Corel recently acquired from
Novell, Inc.  Corel Office Professional, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel
Presentations 6.0 for Windows 3.1x are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-
May, 1996, while Corelr WordPerfectr Suite 7 for Windowsr 95 is scheduled to
be available in late May, and Corel Office Professional 7 for Windows 95 is
scheduled to begin shipping in mid-July. Canadian and international versions
of these products and pricing details will be available soon.

"We expect a very enthusiastic response to the unbeatable value of our new
WordPerfect offerings," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief
executive officer of Corel Corporation.  "The new Corel WordPerfect Suite
gives our customers a value-packed collection of business applications for
the price of a word processor, while Corel Office Professional adds the
strength of Paradoxr, GroupWise Client LicenseT and InfoCentral to meet all
of their database, groupware and information management needs."

Corelr WordPerfectr Suite for Windowsr 3.1x:

This integrated suite for Windows 3.1x is an entire office suite for the
price of a word processor.  It features Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro
Pro 6.0, Envoy 1.0, AT&T WorldNet  Service software including Netscape
NavigatorT Internet browser (US and Canadian versions only), Corel
Presentations 3.0, CorelFLOW 2, Starfish Software's Sidekick 2.0 and
Dashboard 3.0, Corel Screen Saver, thousands of clipart images and 150 fonts.
The Corel WordPerfect Suite will be available in CD-ROM only format and
diskette with a companion CD-ROM format for a suggested retail price of $395
U.S. (CD-ROM) and $449 U.S. (diskette and CD-ROM).  The diskette and CD-ROM
version contains Corel WordPerfect 6.1 on the diskettes and all other
applications, fonts and clipart on the CD-ROM.  Upgrade pricing is $129 U.S.
for the CD-ROM version and $179 U.S. for the diskette version.

Corelr Office Professional for Windowsr 3.1x:

This professional office suite for Windows 3.1x offers powerful software
solutions, incredible ease of use, OLE functionality and open network
integration.  It includes Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0, Corel
Presentations 3.0, Envoy 1.0, AT&T WorldNet  Service software including
Netscape NavigatorT Internet browser (US and Canadian versions only),
InfoCentral 1.1, Borland's Paradox 5.0, a GroupWise 4.1 client license,
CorelFLOW 2, Starfish Software's Sidekick 2.0 and Dashboard 3.0, Corel Screen
Saver, thousands of clipart images and 150 fonts.  This 16-bit professional
office suite will be available on CD-ROM only and will carry a suggested
retail price of $695 U.S.  Upgrade/trade-up pricing  is $295 U.S.
AT&T WorldNet  Service software including Netscape Navigator T Internet

AT&T brings to Corel customers its "Internet for Everyone" service, with
directories and topical areas to help people find useful information, guided
tours for newcomers, navigational aids for users of all skill levels and
electronic mail.  AT&T WorldNet Service will work with most of today's
popular Internet browsers, although an AT&T-branded version of the Netscape
Navigator browser software, which is included in the package, is
preconfigured for easy installation.  The service also includes an AT&T toll-
free, 24-hour hotline and world-class customer care.

Corel Corporation

Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally  as  an
award-winning  developer and marketer of productivity applications,  graphics
and  multimedia software.  Corel's product line includes CorelDRAW, the Corel
WordPerfect  Suite,  Corel  Office  Professional,  CorelVIDEO  and  over   30
multimedia software titles.  Corel's products run on most operating  systems,
including:  Windows,  Macintosh, UNIX, MS_DOS and OS/2 and  are  consistently
rated among the strongest in the industry.  The company ships its products in
over  17  languages  through a network of more than 160  distributors  in  70
countries worldwide.  Corel is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange  (symbol:
COS)  and  the  NASDAQ   National Market System (symbol:  COSFF).   For  more
information  visit Corel's home page on the Internet at
All  products  mentioned  are trademarks or registered  trademards  of  their
respective   companies.   Corel,  WordPerfect  and  Quattro  are   registered
trademarks  of Corel Corporation and its subsidiaries.  CorelDRAW,  CorelFLOW
and  Presentations are trademarks of Corel Corporation.  GroupWise and  Envoy
are  trademarks of Novell, Inc.    *All pricing information is current as  of
March  29, 1996.  AT&T reserves the right to modify the pricing for the  AT&T
WorldNet Services at any time.

Dvorak STR Spotlight

                             Dvorak Development

Founded in 1993, Dvorak Development & Publishing Corporation is the world-
leader in second-generation off-line navigators. Dvorak's mission is to
design, develop and promote the next generations of navigation front and back-
end tools for information navigation and retrieval, agent transactions and
automated "two-way" information exchange on the Internet and on-line
commercial services.

Our Navigators:
Imagine the Internet (or another cybernet such as CompuServe) as a
skyscraper. Once inside, it's a real mystery just to get around. The rooms
have no signs, no one is manning the information desk and even the elevators
are hard to find. A first generation browser (like Netscape) would search
floor-by-floor and room-by-room to see what's there. Dvorak's second-
generation navigators, on the other hand, already possess a blueprint of the
skyscraper's layout and are smart enough to know which floor, room and file
cabinet to search for desired information.

The Products:
NavCIS Pro is a second generation Windows off-line navigator for CompuServe.
OUI is a second generation off-line navigator for the Usenet portion of the
Internet (newsgroups and e-mail). NavStar is a second generation off-line
navigator for the Prodigy Information Service.

John C. Dvorak: Chairman, is a world-famous PC industry observer and writer.
John currently writes fourteen columns each month which appear in a variety
of newspaper and magazines including PC Magazine and the San Jose Mercury
News. He also hosts a radio show each week and appears regularly on C/Net.

Michael Ceranski: President & CEO, is the co-founder of Dvorak Development.
This is the third successful software company Mike has founded and
bootstrapped. He has also co-authored several books, and currently writes a
bi-weekly column, Inside Cyberspace.

David W. Holmes: 26, Vice President, Engineering, has been programming since
the age of 10. David is responsible for the design and implementation of the
Company's core authoring technology.

In addition, the Company employs 5 engineers, 3 technical support staff, 2
G&A support staff and two marketing staff members. The company also has one
full time employee based near Stuttgart, Germany.

Mike Ceranski ...

is the co-founder and CEO of Dvorak Development. This is the third successful
software company Mike has founded and boot-strapped. The first was co-founded
in 1982 with two partners and $25,000 and specialized in security access
software for the IBM-XT, IBM-AT and compatibles. After growing that company
to 10 people, Mike moved on. In 1989, Mike and a partner founded Athena
Software, which specialized in network utilities for Netware. Athena's
product line was quickly bought by the software utilities giant Central Point
Software (maker of PCTools). Mike worked at Central Point for the next year
in a variety of positions including Microsoft liaison, Global Area Network
designer, product management and strategic planning, before returning to

Mike's interests in cyberspace began in 1982 when he first began surfing
local bulletin board systems. After learning the arcane arts of Xmodem,
Ymodem and Zmodem, he moved onto CompuServe. Mike quickly learned CompuServe
was not affordable unless it was used with an off-line navigation tool.
Unfortunately, only difficult to use and primitive DOS based navigators were

With the early 90's came the Windows revolution and Mike patiently waited for
a Windows based navigation tool to appear.

"It became apparent that no one was going to release a useable, easy-to-
understand navigation tool for CompuServe, so I decided to go ahead and do
it," Mike said, and thus was born NavCIS.

Being a Colorado semi-native, Mike enjoys skiing and mountain biking. Other
interests include raising Burmese cats, gourmet cooking, and wine collecting.

                   Mr. Huxley, you ain't seen nothing yet

by Mike Ceranski

It seems like only yesterday that the "w" word was an arcane term used only
by computer gurus. Today the "web" is pervasive and web addresses show up
everywhere: newspaper ads, television ads, business cards, junk mail, even
give-aways like pens and refrigerator magnets. This is creating further
pressure, and everyone from the local insurance agent to neighborhood priests
are wondering if they should put up a web site. I can hear them now. "Father,
those darn Methodists have just put up a web site and do you know what they
called it? `'!! We've got to do something!"

I received a call yesterday from a fellow who works for a printing company
which specializes in computer manuals. He called and explained his wife was
moving from desktop publishing to web publishing and wanted to create a web-
based store-front for her services. He went on to describe how hard it is for
new users to figure out how to do this. Even finding out how to locate the
experts is a perplexing and disheartening process. I provided the contacts I
could while explaining I was already overcommitted and unable to help more

He also mentioned that he'd noticed our company wasn't ordering manuals
lately, to which I explained things were moving so fast with our software
that the only way to keep our documentation current was to write detailed,
built-in help files. He agreed with my reasoning and went on to say the trend
was clear, "printed software manuals are going to be a thing of the past.
that's why I'm learning as much as I can about cyberspace. I'm not going to
be left behind."

This guy realizes that things are changing at a fundamental level and that
the printing company he works for isn't the bastion of security he once
thought. He doesn't know exactly what he'll do in this Brave New World, but
he certainly plans on being prepared for whatever opportunities come his way.

I find that both comforting and alarming. Comforting because it demonstrates
the resiliency of human nature, alarming because it's another clear example
of automation destroying precious jobs. If the web lives up to its potential,
numerous industries will be impacted.

Much of our current economy is based upon distribution: a manufacturer builds
a widget, then sells that widget to a national distributor. In turn, the
national distributor sells that widget to a regional distributor who will
probably sell it to a chain of stores. From there the widget finally makes it
onto a shelf, and is bought by a consumer. If web-based commerce continues
the way it is, manufacturers will sell more and more of their products
directly to consumers. This allows the manufacturer to offer lower prices
while increasing profit margins, gives the buyer direct support and feedback,
and removes three layers of distribution and their associated jobs.

Another area that will be impacted: shopping malls and sales. If people buy
more stuff online, the need to go to a shopping mall will be diminished. As
for the sales people who work in these malls today, where will they go when
the malls close?

Other professions which find themselves safe today may be impacted as well.
take Banking for instance. If your latest copy of Quicken can pay all your
bills online, balance your checkbook to the penny daily, and do other useful
banking chores, the need for personnel at the bank will certainly decrease.
Eventually banks might consist of nothing but vaults stuffed will valuables
and secure-transaction web servers.

Finally, the long distance carriers will be whacked. Why pay 20 cents a
minute when you can use the Internet for long distance calls for a buck an
hour or less? As Internet sound-transmission technology improves, AT&T's
stranglehold diminishes. That's why numerous long distance carriers are
already backing legislature to impede non-text data transfer.

Besides causing job loss, the Internet will provide many new jobs and job
types. Already, people are using new titles such as WebMaster, WebWonk, and
WebSpinner to describe their functions in designing and maintaining web
sites. As this Brave New World unfolds, one thing can be counted on: the
future belongs to the nimble.

c1996 Mike Ceranski

EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


                            AND CABLE & WIRELESS
Abandoning merger talks that would have created the world's fifth-biggest
communications group in terms of revenue,  British Telecommunications and
Cable & Wireless said that financial and regulatory obstacles were too great
to  overcome.  However, a business partnership between the companies will
continue, and the chairman of C&W said that  "you can do a lot of things
without mega-mergers."  (New York Times 3 May 9 C4)

                             THE SELLING OF ADA
The U.S. Department of Energy is committing $2 million to promote commercial
software products written in Ada 95, a  programming language developed with
substantial government support.  (Computer Industry Daily 6 May 96)

A senior Intel official predicts deep cuts in prices for computers powered by
Intel's top-of-the-line Pentium Pro  microprocessor, from an average of
$4,000 now to about $2,500 by the end of the year.  This trend is expected to
spark a  new round of corporate upgrading, augmented by new Intel motherboard
and chip set technology that are both cheaper and easier to maintain than
current models.  The new technology, called Desktop Management Interface,
uses hardware  and software standards designed to facilitate remote diagnosis
of PC problems and reduce repair and maintenance costs.
(Wall Street Journal 3 May 96 B4)

European Union culture and telecommunications ministers met last week to
discuss ways of controlling access to the  Internet to prevent criminal
activity and protect children.  "Many member states perceive the need now for
some  discipline, some kind of regulatory framework or code of ethics," says
the Italian telecommunications minister.  Some  European governments, such as
Germany and Great Britain, have already adopted Internet-related laws and
others are considering it.  (Wall Street Journal 3 May 96 B5B)

A new report released by Forrester Research predicts that the $500 Internet
PC "won't deliver" and aren't cheap enough  to qualify as a successful
consumer electronics product.  "The technology is not good enough, the
content will be  inadequate, and distribution will pose a substantial
hurdle."  Forrester says that low-cost full-feature PCs priced in the  $1,000
range will present a more viable alternative.  (Investor's Business Daily 6
May 96 A6)

                     THE PC'S A PRINTING PRESS, NOT A TV
Jonathan Wallace, co-author of "Sex, Laws and Cyberspace," (Henry Holt, 1996)
thinks Congress made a mistake in its  attempt to ban "indecent" content from
the Internet:  "If Congress had taken a deep breath, it would have realized
the  correct analogy for the Net is the printing press.  Every computer can
be used as a tool to create text or redistribute text   created by others.
The analogy is so exact that there's no justification to apply laws that are
different than those for the  printing press.  What Congress did instead was
to treat the Net like broadcast TV -- a grievous mistake." (Information
Week 29 Apr 96 p12)  The Communications Decency Act is now being challenged
in court by the American Library  Association, whose legislative counsel Adam
Eisgrau notes, "Fear plus ignorance shouldn't equal public policy."
(Business Week 6 May 96 p58)

                          CHIPPING AWAY FROM WITHIN
The problem of microchip theft from high-tech industries is so widespread
that law enforcement officials estimate it adds  about $150 to the cost of a
personal computer system.  Though an increasing number of chip thefts have
taken the form  of violent armed robberies, the majority of such thefts are
accomplished by company insiders.  A 1994 survey released by  the American
Society for Industrial Security indicated that employees were responsible for
57% of all component thefts,  with vendors and independent contractors
accounting for another 13%.  (San Jose Mercury Center News 5 May 96)

                        CANADIAN SATELLITES TARGETED
The race into space with direct broadcast satellite TV has created a
regulatory black hole that the U.S. government is  struggling to fill.  A
plan by Telesat Canada to finance its $1.6-billion satellite program by
leasing capacity to American  broadcasters has prompted the Federal
Communications Commission to hold special hearings in Washington to
investigate whether it can regulate the use of Canadian satellites. (Toronto
Financial Post 4 May 96 p1)

Kim Edwards, CEO of removable-disk-drive-maker Iomega, says the days of the
floppy drive are over:  "We believe that  the floppy disk is essentially
obsolete technology.  It isn't big enough to do anything with, and it's very,
very slow.   Software is all shipped on CD-ROM.  In fact, it's really shipped
on the hard drive.  Gateway 2000 Inc., for example,  preconfigures their
machines with software right on the hard drive.  Microsoft Crop. Has
announced that they're going to  stop providing software on floppies.  I
think that's a huge signal.  But to make the Zip the floppy for the
multimedia age,  we're going to have to do more than just sell the drive as
an external box.  We've got to get inside the computers."  The  Zip drive,
which sells for $200, uses special removable disks that hold 100 megabytes of
data, compared with 1.4  megabytes on a conventional floppy.  Iomega's Jaz
drive stores one gigabyte on each disk.  (Investor's Business Daily 6 May 96

                             PAYMENT BY THE WORD
James Gleick reports that some Web-searching services will now let
advertisers sponsor an individual word.  For  example, if you search for
"golf"at Yahoo, an ad for golf offers to let you win a set of clubs, and a
click on "golf" at  Lycos gets you an ad and a contest offer from Cobra Golf.
Another example:  AT&T and Sprint both have bought the  word "telephone" from
various search services.  (New York Times Magazine 5 May 96 p32)

Digital Equipment Corp.'s new line of computer servers, with prices starting
at $50,000 each, are taking aim at the  lucrative mid-range server market now
dominated by Sun Microsystems, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.  "This finally gives
Digital a workhorse in the midrange," says an industry analyst, who predicts
that "within an 18-month ramp-up period,  they could be doing one billion
dollars of business with this machine."  The new products can handle large
memory and  database functions previously available only on Digital's high-
end Turbolaser machines, which start at $100,000 each.   (Wall Street Journal
3 May 96 B4)

                                   LCD TVs
Sharp's new 43-inch rear-projection TV uses a liquid crystal display panel to
display images.  The system is nearly as  slim as a conventional 14-inch CRT
TV, and is about 1.5 times brighter than conventional rear-projection TVs.
The TV  is currently sold only in Japan (for about $3,600), but will be
available in the U.S this fall.  (Popular Science May 96 p12)

                          IBM LICENSES APPLE MAC/OS
IBM has worked out an agreement to license Apple Computer's Macintosh
operating system, and although it doesn't plan  to manufacture Mac clones
itself, IBM will be allowed to sublicense the system to other computer makers
and will be  able to offer hardware components, such as the PowerPC chip and
motherboards, to other clone manufacturers.  "This   will help Apple expand
the low end of the market... where they've had problems," says an industry
analyst.  A similar  agreement with Motorola, signed in February, will allow
Motorola to make and sell its own Mac clones as well as sublicense the
system.  (Investor's Business Daily 7 May 96 A9)

AT&T spin-off Lucent Technologies Inc. has unveiled a versatile new
networking software package called Inferno,  designed to run over a variety
of networks, including the Internet, private data networks and
telecommunications  etworks.  The software consists of operating-system
software and a programming language called Limbo, which can be  used by
programmers to make compatible software for a broad range of consumer
electronics devices.  "With Inferno,  any device can communicate and share
information with any device over any network," says the president of Bell
Labs.   "Inferno is designed to take the chaos out of the electronic Tower of
Babel," says the president of Infonautics Consulting.   Inferno's versatility
puts it in direct competition with Sun Microsystems' Java programming
language, which also works  across most platforms.  Inferno's advantage lies
in the inclusion of an operating system, which Java does not yet have,  and
its lean design, requiring only one megabyte of memory to run, making it
suitable for low-cost hand-held devices.  (Wall Street Journal 7 May 96 B4)

Participants in a May 1 Cato Institute policy forum debated whether the FCC
will expand the definition of universal  service to include more advanced
services beyond voice-grade dialtone.  "The real motivations of some of these
policies,  it seems to me, have very little to do with economics and very
little to do with telecommunications," says Cato's director  of
telecommunications and technology studies.  "I think they're part of a wider
agenda which says, `Look, we can't have  big social program bills any more.
God knows, look what happened to the health care program.  But we can tack on
social aspects to other bills, especially ones that are very widely popular,
like the Telecom bill.'  So it's sort of social  policy by default."  A
representative from Citizens for a Sound Economy was a little more optimistic
that market forces  would prevail:  "The Telecommunications Act is a lot like
sausage made with very high quality meat and a certain  amount of fat.  What
do you do with a sausage?  You put it over the fire and you give it plenty of
heat.  And if you do  that, you burn off the fat.  The meat of the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 is to allow for competition."  (BNA Daily
Report for Executives 2 May 96 A26)

USA Technologies, Inc. has teamed up with Dell Computer Corp. to produce a
credit-card activated computer system,  the C3X. The Credit Card Computer
Express system is targeted at libraries that wish to offer their patrons
affordable  access to computer technology and the information superhighway
without having to invest in a time-monitoring and  billing system.  (The
Heller Report May 96)

Adobe Systems' new Bravo technology will bring added zip to the Web, allowing
online publishers to use magazine-style  graphics and typefaces. Sun
Microsystems has agreed to include the Adobe software in its Java programming
language.   Bravo-produced Web graphics will appear the same on any PC,
regardless of the computer's configuration or operating  system. (Wall Street
Journal 7 May 96 B4)

With the telephone and cable companies entering the Internet service provider
market, the days of the small ISP are  numbered, predicts the Yankee Group.
Yankee estimates that of the 1,400 ISPs now in the U.S., fewer than 200 will
still be around by 2000.  (Internet Business Advantage May 96 p4)

A special Federal Communications Commission auction of wireless licenses for
"small business" yielded more than $8  billion from five companies, four of
them backed by Asian corporations.  The biggest winner was NextWave Personal
Communications, which spend $4.2 billion for licenses that will give them
potential access to 93.8 million customers in  56 markets.  Other big winners
were DCR PCS, GWI PCS, BDPCS, and Omnipoint PCS Entrepreneurs.  (New York
Times 7 May 96 C6)

Bell Canada president John McLennan says his company and other members of the
Stentor alliance of phone companies  are handicapped by regulations not faced
by alternative long-distance carriers such as Unitel and Call-Net. McLennan
points out Bell must currently files proposed prices increases with Canadian
regulators where all competitors can review  them, and the company cannot
change its charges without first obtaining federal approval.  McLennan wants
the same  regulatory freedom enjoyed in the United States by AT&T. (Toronto
Financial Post 7 May 96 p 3)

Zenith Electronics, after announcing that its partnership with U.S. Robotics
will soon be marketing a new system for  providing high-speed Internet access
via cable technology, has been reclassified by traders as Internet stock,
resulting in  its stock tripling in value in just a week.  (New York Times 7
May 96 C1)

A major switching equipment upgrade will enable MCI to cut network congestion
and offer high-speed multimedia  services.  The upgrade will achieve an
increase in capacity from 2.5Gbit/sec to 10Gbit/sec without company having to
lay  additional fiber.  (Computerworld 6 May 96 p1)

                             ONLINE SMORGASBORD
"Slate," the online journal of opinion being developed for Microsoft by
former Crossfire television journalist Michael  Kinsley ("From the Left, I'm
Michael Kinsley") was described in a Kinsley staff memo in April as follows:
"In short, I  propose that we embrace our destiny as a new form of journalism
and abandon the conceit that any particular article or  feature is attached
to a particular 'issue.' ... Each article in the TOC [table of contents]
could simply indicate the day it  was posted and the day we're planning to
archive it...   As we and the readers get used to this new form of
journalism,  we could abandon the one-week-up convention completely, and
simply have a smorgasbord of stuff to which we add new  dishes and remove old
ones on no fixed schedule, but simply to keep the whole meal tasting as
delicious as possible."  (New Yorker 13 May 96 p58)

                         PIPEX TO BLOCK PORNOGRAPHY
Unipalm Pipex, the U.K. Internet access provider associated with UUNet in the
U.S., will provide a means for British  companies to block staff access to
electronic pornography.  Pipex managing director Peter Dawe said that
corporate users  "would be horrified" at the kind of pornography that is
available on the Internet.  Mr. Dawe is also the political officer of  the
Internet Service Providers Association in the United Kingdom.  (Financial
Times 6 May 96 p6)

The United States Telephone Association would like to raise the average U.S.
monthly phone bill by about $10 over the  next five years to pay for wiring
schools and libraries with new lines for phones and computers, and to
subsidize poor and  rural customers.  The proposal assumes an $11 billion
cost for wiring schools and libraries, with local phone companies  paying
about a third to a half of that.  The rest would come from a surcharge on
other services, such as cellular.  "No  single industry should be held
responsible for fulfilling this major goal," says USTA's president.  "Each
has a role and  should make a significant contribution to the national
education technology mandate."  (Investor's Business Daily 8 May 96 A7)

                       APPLE WILL FIX FLAWED MACHINES
Acknowledging defects in many of its Macintosh Performa and Power Mac
computers, Apple Computer has pledged to  repair any faulty machines over the
next seven years.  Users have complained that the systems freeze up, and some
of the  monitors change color intermittently.  The company also said it will
fix problems found in some of its Power Book  laptops.  (St. Petersburg Times
9 May 96 E1)

An alliance of software companies has established the Electronic Licensing
and Security Initiative to develop a system  that uses electronic tokens
linked to a software package to securely track software rentals, licenses and
purchases.  The  group also plans to develop an electronic clearinghouse to
provide and track licenses.  Several major software producers,  including
Microsoft, IBM and AT&T have said they will support the Initiative's
technology.  (Wall Street Journal 6 May 96 B6)

Legislation on copyright rules for the Internet, sponsored by Sen. Orrin
Hatch (R-Utah), is scheduled for hearings and  Hatch has made it clear he
wants the bill to "move ahead."  The bill would make any electronic copy of
copyrighted  material an infringement, and does not include a fair use
provision for libraries or educational institutions.  The Creative  Incentive
Coalition, a group of software makers, publishers and entertainment
companies, is supporting the bill, warning  that without protection, content
providers will be reluctant to put material on the Internet.  The Digital
Future Coalition,  on the other hand, opposes the legislation, saying it goes
too far when compared with protections for analog material.  "A  few horror
stories are not an appropriate guide to public policy...  There is middle
ground."  The DFC is urging specific  amendments, including fair use
specifications, and  a statement that makes clear that a temporary copy of a
program running on a computer is not an infringement.  (Investor's Business
Daily 9 May 96 A4)

                         IBM'S INFOMARKET TOLL BOOTH
IBM has persuaded some 30 companies, including Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Reuters,
America Online and Yahoo!, to use  its new infoMarket electronic-content
clearinghouse for displaying and distributing their wares.  The infoMarket
concept  requires customers to pay for only what they use, with the content
providers controlling the information and setting their  own prices.
"Charging only for what you want is a very attractive scheme," says one
electronic database provider.  The  system is based on "Cryptolopes" --
secure electronic packaging that, when opened, bind the user to a contractual
agreement regarding the use of the content.  If the content is distributed
beyond that agreement, the technology can track  its usage and bill the
original purchaser for subsequent viewings.  "It's a complete break from all
other ways information  has been published on the Net to date," says an
industry consultant.  "It turns pass-along from a business threat to a
business opportunity."  (Business Week 13 May 96 p114)

'The Gartner Group plans to purchase three well-known firms that offer
computer-based information technology training  to professionals on the job.
Relational Courseware Inc., J3 Learning Corp., and Mindware Training
Technologies Ltd. all  have agreed to be acquired by the Stamford, Conn.
technology consulting company.  Gartner has no plans to offer classroom-based
learning:  "For the busy IT professional, classroom training requires more
time and travel," says  Gartner's CEO.  "Computer-based training gives IT
professionals the chance to learn in bit-sized portions, at their own pace."
(Information Week 29 Apr 96 p82)

CompuServe and Netscape are joining forces to use the Internet to offer
"groupware" that will allow workers throughout  an organization collaborate
simultaneously on documents.  The product will compete directly with Lotus
Notes, a  groupware program offered by IBM's Lotus group.  (Wall Street
Journal 9 May 96 B5)

Although computer makers were left holding thousands of lower-end Pentium PCs
after holiday shoppers bought out the  high-end models, there's still a
market for those machines in Eastern Europe and Asia.  "If you told U.S.
resellers you'd  sell them a 70-megahertz Pentium for $1,000, they'd call you
crazy," says a Hewlett-Packard spokesman.  "Those  machines are obsolete.
But that offer would be competitive and state of the art in the Eastern bloc
and China."   Meanwhile, other regions are closing the technology gap with
the U.S.  "The technology time lag between the U.S. and  Europe was close to
a year just a few years ago.  Now it's between three and six months," says
the president of Creative  Strategies Research International, who adds that
the Latin American market is just six to nine months behind the U.S.
(Investor's Business Daily 8 May 96 A6)

After feuding for more than five years, Microsoft and Adobe Systems have
decided to collaborate on type font  technology, and are now working on a
universal format called OpenType.  Both companies hope that others will back
their efforts to make OpenType the standard for software and the Internet.
(Investor's Business Daily 9 May 96 A8)

America Online, in partnership with the Japanese trading company Mitsui and
the business publishing company Nihon  Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), will
establish an online service in Japan offering a broad range of Japanese-
language material.  (Financial Times 9 May 96 p17)

                                NET MCTRIVIA
Shortly after the McDonald's fast food chain began a $1 million-prize trivia
contest last month, answers started appearing  on the Internet.  About a
dozen Web sites have sizable answer lists to the contest, for which prizes
are being redeemed  through May.  One teenage McWebmeisers explained:
''Everyone here in the office was playing the game. It was a big  deal for
people to try to remember the answers.  The more I thought about it, the more
I thought what a great Web page,  and the next thing I know I've got hundreds
of people coming to my page every day.''  (San Jose Mercury Center News 9 May

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