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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 17-May-96 #1220
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon May 20 17:05:31 1996

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>From the Editor's Desk...

     Every so often, a program comes along that we find ourselves using with
such regularity that it becomes "second nature" in doing so.  With the advent
of the Internet looming large as more a necessity than a luxury, this program
virtually became a "must have".  The name of the program is WS_FTP32 by John

     For almost as long as I can remember, I've been using (with great
success) WinSock FTP 32 each and every week.  In that time, I never paid much
attention to the nurtured growth of the program.  That is.. until this past
week.  It has been so closely supported that checking for updates became a
routine matter.  So much so that doing so was actually a "habitual thing".

     The program is about to "grow-up" to speak.    John Junod
 should be an inspiration to the young budding programmers
out there.  Especially when it comes to "how to do it to it" the right way.
WS_FTP32 has really come a long way from its very humble but classy and
efficient beginnings.

     The latest version, and LE version of a soon to appear PRO version is
simply put.. elegant.  Its available at a number of sites on the WEB
including the main site;  .  Folks, this program is
the ultimate in FTP wares.  In fact, the support and update efforts by Junod
should be observed by all programmers and perhaps, an industry standard set
to parallel Junod's examples.  John has a firm grip on the meaning of
consumer support and responsiveness to their suggestions and needs.  It is a
certainty that, in the future, his standards will assure him success in his
software development endeavors.  STReport highly recommends the WS_FTP
ensemble.. its available in 16 and 32 bit versions.

     On another front.. Changes at Compuserve.  Some real shakeups or, should
I say "shakeouts" going on there.  How long will Denny stick around now that
Dick is gone.   This reporter fully expects to see COMPUSERVE COMPLETELY WEB
ORIENTED AND BROWSER DRIVEN within a year or less.

     This reporter's opinionated observation is ..simply put; "A * Secret
Code Named Project * is seen as the "Battle of the Bulge" for CIS!  Its now
or never ..if they are to be a first rate contender in the online marketplace
at all.  Especially as "the hoped for" ..Super Internet Service Provider."
Secondly, about that "thing" called "WOW" .all that can be said about it, in
this reporter's humble opinion, is; NEXT!  Compuserve simply must get with
the nineties and forget the old, worn out seventies/eighties concepts they've
seemingly been pursuing.

     STReport has been asked by a number of users concerning the strange
disappearances of user posted info about the "do it yourself" modifications
of WOW software which involves swapping Internet Explorer and Netscape.  We
had no answers for them at this time.  STReport was unable to locate any such
message traffic that the users reported as having posted.  Were the messages,
in fact, lost or perhaps deliberately removed?  Compuserve's impeccable
reputation of "no censorship" is at stake here.  Is WOW pursuing a different
philosophy?  (Stay tuned, STR Confidential's "Super Snoop" is on the job.)

     Compuserve is definitely going through some "changes".  Its fairly
obvious more are needed.  Will the  "NEW, Secret Code-Named Project"
succeed??  Will the half-hearted ISDN implementation ever get off the ground?
Will Compuserve ever be "The Giant" it once was?  Or, will it soon go the
route a few other, well known, services have gone.  Sold and Re-organized?
Time will tell.  Its certain "the suits" at the top are getting the much
needed wake-up calls.

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                       IBM, Sears Sell Prodigy Service

As predicted, the Prodigy online service has been sold by founders IBM and
Sears, Roebuck and Co. The firms  announced the sale Sunday of the company to
White Plains, New York-based International Wireless Inc., and a group of
Prodigy executives.  The sale price was not disclosed, but United Press
International quotes sources as indicating it could have been as low as $200

The sale was announced late yesterday by Greg Carr and Terry Dillon, co-
chairmen of International Wireless,  and Prodigy President/CEO Edward
Bennett, who said the agreement calls for International Wireless to acquire
the entire Prodigy service. Federal approval of the sale, which was led by
Prodigy management, is expected next month.

"If the $200 million figure is correct," says UPI, "the sale price is far
less than the $500 million Sears was believed to have sought for the sale of
its half of Prodigy last year. Sears, IBM and original partner CBS Inc. had
invested more than $1 billion in Prodigy since 1984."  Bennett, a former
Viacom Inc. cable-TV executive,  was installed last year by Sears and IBM
after the service fell to third place in membership behind America Online
Inc. and CompuServe Inc. As reported earlier, Bennett was said to have
initiated the buyout plan after buyers failed to materialize.

UPI says International Wireless is a global communications company with
interests in cellular telephone  properties, online services and Internet
content development. Also participating as a financial partner in the dealwas
Grupo Carso, a Mexican telecommunications corporation that includes TelMex,
the country's main telephone utility, among its holdings.

The agreement calls for Bennett to continue as Prodigy president/CEO of
Prodigy and to become a member of  the International Wireless board. He led
the team of Prodigy senior executives in acquiring the service through the
investor-funded management buyout.

                Sandy Trevor , Richard Brown Leave CompuServe

One of the online community's best-known innovators -- Alexander B. "Sandy"
Trevor - has, two weeks ago, left CompuServe,  where he has been a vice
president for more than two decades.  In a statement from the company's
Columbus,  Ohio, headquarters, CompuServe says Trevor resigned last Friday in
order to join a family business.  Trevor  had been with CompuServe since
1971. He was appointed vice president in 1974, and was elected to the board
of directors in 1985.

He is best known to the Net world as the inventor of multi-user real-time
computer conferencing, originally  known as CompuServe CB.  "Sandy has been a
valuable asset to CompuServe," CompuServe President/CEO
Bob Massey said in the statement. "He helped us build our business from the
ground up. We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Richard Brown, known as an aggressive go-getter, was the driving force behind
the wobbly 40 million dollar WOW network CIS recently introduced.  Many
industry observers offered the opinion that competing with "one's self" in
the Online business was a bit "far fetched".  Its also been said the software
was pretty but the content was far too lean.    Now, with this recent exodus
of a number of old-time "pinstripes" from Compuserve, there is a good chance
that the NEW, "Secret Code-Named Project" at CIS will stand a good chance to

                          Apple Notes Chip Defects

Officials with Apple Computer Inc. say defective chips are freezing up some
of its most popular models, and  the company has set up a program to provide
free repairs.  Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California,  headquarters,
The Associated Press says the defects occurred only in a limited number of
computers, and problems will be fixed only as they appear.

"Owners of PowerBooks, Power Macs and Performas should not send healthy
computers in for a repair," AP  says. "The notice to Apple's 8,000
distributors went out Wednesday."  Apple spokeswoman Nancy Morrison  told the
wire service the defects in  the Performa and Power Mac desktops will be
repaired through dealers. In some models, color hues may change and the
system can freeze.

AP says the problem arises from defective memory and clock chips and that
Apple will fix the defects for free  at any time over the next seven years.
Morrison told the wire service her employer hasn't yet determined if the
defective chips were installed only in certain factories or in certain lots,
and therefore the company can't  estimate how many devices might be affected.

"In the PowerBook 5300 and 190 laptop models, the company has found cracks in
the housing around the hinge  in some models," AP says, "and in others, the
AC jack may become loose or cease to work."  Morrison  commented, "On the
PowerBook side, we feel we can do a better fix if we have the customers send
the  computer back to a central repair depot."

She added the PowerBook logic boards will also be upgraded, but emphasized it
will not include all of the approximately 1 million PowerBooks and Performas.
AP says the memo instructs dealers to take machines to  Apple service
providers for repairs or to call 1-800-SOS-APPL. Owners of the machines who
think they have problems also should call the toll-free number.

                      Amelio to Cut Apple Product Line

Apple Computer Inc.'s new CEO says the struggling computer maker will cut
costs by reducing its existing  product lines by half, while at the same time
racing into new markets.  At yesterday's meeting of software   developers in
San Jose, California, Apple chief Gilbert F. Amelio said the firm will focus
on the Internet
1.   Making current products like the Newton hand-held computer and the
  Pippin CD-ROM player Net-compatible.
2.   Creating new Internet products, such as a relatively low-cost
"information appliance" that provides Internet access and other features.

The Wall Street Journal this morning quotes Dr. Amelio, who joined Apple
three months ago, as saying the  reducing the number of current Macintosh
models by 50 percent could cut Apple's costs and, says Journal  reporter Jim
Carlton, "give it a chance to find new profit sources that aren't already
dominated by so-called  Wintel competitors using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows
software and Intel Corp.'s microprocessors."  Speaking to some 4,000
developers for Apple's Macintosh computer, Amelio, who has a doctorate in
physics,  commented, "We are taking the necessary steps to permanently
strengthen our cash position and financial health.  I think a year from now,
people will look back at this period and wonder what all the fuss was about."

Carlton writes Amelio already has cited innovation as crucial to his plan
because he eventually wants to restore  Apple's ability to command premium
prices for premium products, "but," says the paper, "many industry observers
don't believe Apple has enough time."  Noting Apple reported a $740 million
loss, or $5.99 a share,  for its fiscal second quarter ended March 29, and
its operating losses are expected to continue for several more quarters,
Carlton commented,

"The new initiatives may be unable to produce significant revenues and
profits for years. What's more, there  are signs that demand for Apple's core
product, the Macintosh, may be fading. While the personal-computer industry's
U.S. unit sales jumped nearly 15 percent in the first quarter, Apple's
dropped 22 percent."  Furthering the difficulty, Apple's next major
technological advance - the Copland operating system -- has been  delayed
until next year and, writes Carlton, "doesn't appear to have many features to
differentiate itself from Microsoft's products."

Still, some analysts and developers told the Journal that Amelio appears more
keenly attuned to Apple's  problems and the steps needed to solve them than
his predecessors, John Sculley and Michael Spindler, each of whom was after
Apple slipped badly.  "If anybody can do this, I think he is on the right
track," said Fred DeLisio, principal scientist at Digital Sapients Inc., a
developer in Pacifica, Calif.

And analyst/consultant Tim Bajarin told the paper, "Before today, I gave
Apple a 50-50 chance of surviving (as  an independent company). "Now, I give
them a 60-40 chance. He set in motion vision and direction. Now, we have to
see the implementation."  Amelio outlined other steps he believes can take
Apple beyond the battle of the desktop PC and into new markets, including:

1.   A push into the so-called information appliance market of devices that
     can peruse the Internet's World Wide Web but cost less than $1,000. (Apple is
     designing its hand-held Newton computer to have wireless access to the
2.   A Web-browsing version of the Pippin game-and-music player it recently
     licensed to Japan's Bandai Corp. Amelio said there is great potential for
     untapped growth, because far less than 10 percent of the world'spopulation
     has computer access.

                       Judges Hear Net Case Arguments

The three-judge panel that will rule on the constitutionality of the new
Communications Decency Act that seeks  to ban obscene speech on the Internet
now have heard final arguments in the case.  "This is a criminal statute
that carries the penalty of fines and imprisonment and a criminal record,"
said plaintiff attorney Christopher  Hansen of the American Civil Liberties
Union. "It is aimed at speech which all parties agree is constitutionally
protected speech, at least for adults."

As reported, the ACLU is among more than 20 plaintiffs asking the judges to
declare the three- month-old act  unconstitutional. They claim the law fails
to define "indecent" and is vague, overly broad and impossible to comply
with.  United Press International notes proponents of the act said the
decency standards are necessary to  protect children from viewing sexually
explicit material.

In court yesterday, Anthony Coppolino, lead counsel for the Justice
Department, said, "The protection of  minors is what the government's
compelling interest is." Hansen countered, "In the guise of protecting
children,  we've required that all speech be brought down to level of the
most vulnerable minor."

UPI says Coppolino likened the Net to cable television and said it should be
governed by the same restrictions.  Hansen argued, on the other hand, that
because of the ease of access and the fact that all users can contribute,
the Internet bears little resemblance to television or radio. He said the
Internet should have unlimited protection  under the First Amendment. "It's
entitled to the highest protection because it empowers the most number of

Also Bruce Ennis, a lawyer for another plaintiff, the American Library
Association, said the law would be  useless in controlling the estimated 30
to 40 percent of sexually explicit material that originates in
foreigncountries. Said Ennis, "It's a truly global medium that Congress
forgot about. Everything that's posted abroad is instantly available in every
home in America."

Meanwhile, Randall Mikkelsen of the Reuter News Service notes the judges
hearing the challenge grilled government and civil liberties lawyers.  "In
questioning that ranged from topics including the novel 'Tropic of  Cancer,'
the 'Bianca's Smut Shack' Internet site and arcane computer jargon," says
Mikkelsen, "members of a  special three-judge panel wrestled with fundamental
issues such as the nature of the Internet and definitions of indecency."

Reuters observed the judges' "clearly expressed frustration" with language of
the new law.  "You're asking us  to be the activist judges that some members
of Congress excoriate," complained U.S. Third Circuit Appeals  Court Chief
Justice Dolores Sloviter, in questioning Justice Department Attorney Anthony
Coppolino on the  definition of what is prohibited communication. "You're
asking us to rewrite the statute, to put words into the  statute that aren't

And the ACLU's Hansen found himself being grilled over his position that the
law was unconstitutionally  vague, as the judges cited existing rules
prohibiting indecency broadcast programming.  "But," says Mikkelsen, "the
judges -- while saying their questioning did not indicate how they might rule
on the  case -- saved their heaviest interrogation for the Justice Department
lawyers. Questions focused on how  someone communicating over the computer
networks could be sure of avoiding prosecution and the technical  feasibility
of complying with the law."

U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell commented, "In First Amendment
cases...the chilling effect of prosecution  is something we need to
consider." Citing the Justice Department's referral to the FBI of a recent
request by a Christian watchdog group that a portion of CompuServe be
investigated under the act, Dalzell said there was  some urgency to the
issue. "We have to do this now," he said. "It (the act) is having effects

The act, which carries a maximum two-year prison sentence and up to $250,000
in fines, was signed into law  Feb. 8 and was immediately the subject of
lawsuits. A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled that it can't be  enforced
until the legal challenge is resolved.  UPI observes that while a ruling is
not expected for several  weeks, Judge Sloviter appeared to sympathize with
the plaintiffs when she noted, People are entitled to know what it is they
may be prosecuted for."

                         FTC Asked to Probe Web Site

The Federal Trade Commission says it will look into an Internet web site that
a complaint from a private group  contends is luring children to
advertisements and marketing surveys by posing as educational.  At issue is
the  Center for Media Education's complaint against the KidsCom web site,
operated by SpectraCom Inc. of  Milwaukee.  The Associated Press reports
SpectraCom officials insist their web site does not exploit children.

Says AP, "The company does, at one spot on the site, occasionally gather
information from children about their   likes and dislikes, using 'standard
marketing techniques' that site developer Jorian Clarke compared to asking
people questions in shopping malls."  Clarke told the wire service the
information, without the children's names, is passed on to the company that
paid for the survey, adding the area on the site that asks these questions
is optional, and includes a line encouraging children to get parents'
permission. Most of the site is educational or games, she asserts.

However, the media education center contends the site "was set up by a
marketing firm with the sole purpose of  monitoring children's online
behavior, collecting personal data and aggressively promoting products,"
according  to president Kathryn Montgomery.  Last month the media watchdog
group released a report alleging that several firms, including SpectraCom,
have designed web sites - places on the Internet where companies or
individuals  can be reached -- "to capture the loyalty and spending power" of

AP notes the FTC does not regulate ads for children over the Internet, but
its jurisdiction over deceptive market  practices does extend to the computer
network. The agency plans a conference next month on the issue of privacy in
cyberspace, with one day devoted to children's issues.

                     Ziff-Davis Buys Magazine Publishers

For undisclosed terms, the Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. has acquired the Sendai
Publishing Group and Decker Publications from founder and owner Steve Harris.
Based in Lombard, Illinois, Sendai and Decker publish  Electronic Gaming
Monthly and six other magazines in the video game and electronic
entertainment category.  Sendai also publishes a variety of buyers guides and
theme-specific newsstand annuals, has a leading gaming   site on the World
Wide Web and operates a touring game showcase.

Harris will remain with Ziff-Davis after the sale, says a statement issued by
the company. After a transitional  period handing over the reins of Sendai
and Decker's print publishing operations to the Ziff-Davis' consumer media
group, he will join the Ziff-Davis interactive media and development group as
vice president of online entertainment.

"Sendai is the nation's pre-eminent publisher serving the $7.6 billion market
for electronic game software and  hardware," says Scott Briggs, president of
Ziff-Davis' consumer media group. "It is also one of the fastest- growing
publishing companies of any kind. We are extremely excited about the addition
of the Sendai and Decker magazines to our very successful titles in the Ziff-
Davis Consumer Media Group -- Computer Life, Family PC, and Computer Gaming
World. The Sendai magazines are a wonderful complement to our existing
positions and extend our reach into the vital teen market."

                       U.S. Challenges China on Piracy

The White House is challenging China over copyright piracy, a move to hit $2
billion of Chinese imports with  punitive 100 percent tariffs that analysts
say could spark a retaliatory trade war.  In Washington, reporter Donna
Smith of the Reuter News Service quotes U.S. officials as saying dozens of
factories in China are producing millions of counterfeit software compact
discs, music discs and videos, much of which is exported to third countries.
U.S. industries estimate their losses this year to Chinese pirates at about
$2.3 billion.

Reuters says the U.S. Trade Representative's office is set to publish a list
of $3 billion in imports from China  that could be hit with punitive duties
to punish Beijing for failing to enforce a 1995 agreement to protect U.S.
copyrights, patents and trademarks from widespread counterfeiting.  Says
Smith, "The list -- which is likely to  include a wide range of items
including toys, sporting goods, textiles and electronics -- will be cut to $2
billion in goods to be slapped with duties in mid-June."

The wire service adds the 30-day process is intended to give U.S. companies
and other interested parties an  opportunity to comment on the list, "but it
also gives U.S. and Chinese negotiators time to try to resolve the  dispute."
(U.S. Trade Representative Lee Sands is in Beijing this week to talk with
Chinese officials, but some  U.S. trade analysts believe sanctions may be

                          Seagate Settles With IRS

Disk drive maker Seagate Technology Inc. has reached a settlement with the
Internal Revenue Service over $43  million in back taxes and $28 million in
interest allegedly owed by its Conner Peripherals Inc. subsidiary.  Reporting
from the company's Scotts Valley, California, headquarters, United Press
International says the  settlement calls for payment of $5.3 million for back
taxes and $4.3 million in interest.

The wire service quotes Vice President Donald L. Waite as saying, "We are
pleased that this case has been  brought to a most successful conclusion."
Seagate bought rival Conner earlier this year for $1 billion. UPI says  the
IRS notified Conner in 1994 of the tax payment shortfall for 1989 and 1990 in
a dispute over the allocation  of income between Conner and its foreign
manufacturing subsidiaries. Conner filed a petition with the United  States
Tax Court in March 1995 contesting the IRS ruling.

UPI says Seagate is on track to sell more than $8 billion of computer
components this year.

                        HP, Netscape Team on Intranet

Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to sell Netscape Communications Corp.'s World
Wide Web server and  Internet-browser software as part of the package of
software applications included with HP computer systems.  While other
computer makers -- such as Compaq Computer Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. --
have struck  similar bundling arrangements, "this one involves cooperation on
a variety of fronts, such as marketing and product development," reporter
Ralph T. King Jr. observes in The Wall Street Journal this morning.

"Netscape's customers, for example, can tap H-P's worldwide service and
support," King writes, "and the  alliance catapults H-P into the race to
provide Internet products, something it has done in only a limited way to
date, in contrast to rival Sun."  The Journal characterizes it as "part of a
trend to exploit the accessible, universal features of the Internet by
grafting them onto corporate networks."

Says King, "The result, commonly referred to as the Intranet, enables users
to communicate and collaborate with colleagues anywhere in a way that until
recently was possible only with powerful, expensive software, such  as
(IBM's) Lotus Notes."  The paper adds that a company's Intranet allows its
employees, and eventually its  suppliers and customers, to communicate
directly with the company's own databases, often in completely  automated
fashion. "Another key aspect of the arrangement," says the Journal, "is that
the companies will  provide Intranet capabilities for computers equipped with
either Unix or Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT operating systems."

This could "complicate Microsoft's belated attempts to take advantage of the
Internet," King comments.  Netscape President/CEO James Barksdale told the
paper, "We intend to work together to deliver cross-platform  solutions,
products based on open Internet standards and innovative technology focused
on Intranets and collaboration," noting one example is that H-P's and
Netscape's electronic-mail systems will be compatible under their alliance.

                       National Semi Buys Cirrus Unit

For undisclosed terms, chipmaker National Semiconductor Corp. has agreed to
buy chipmaker Cirrus Logic's  PicoPower components business.  Reporting from
Santa Clara, California, United Press International notes  Cirrus Logic, has
been hit hard this year by declining demand for its advanced design PicoPower
chips, which  are used in power management applications and function as a
sort of "traffic cop" between central processing  units and memories within

For Nat Semi, says the wire service, the disclosure is its first step since
last week's move to hire LSI Logic  Corp. executive Brian Halla as its CEO to
replace Gilbert Amelio.  "Analysts were pleased with Halla's hiring," says
UPI, "as it indicated Nat Semi was starting to move out of commodity chips
and more toward
higher-margin cutting-edge devices."

Officials with the companies say the firms have signed only a memorandum of
understanding and expect to  reach a definitive agreement by the end of the
month. Nat Semi and PicoPower have been collaborating since  early 1994 with
the first generation devices to be announced shortly, UPI notes.

                       ISDN Referral Program Launched

Bell Atlantic Corp. has launched a referral program that's designed to
promote the use of Integrated Service  Digital Network (ISDN) technology by
its residential customers on the Internet.  Under the program, Internet
service providers (ISPs) and online service providers will receive $15 for
each residential customer they refer to  Bell Atlantic who signs up for the
high-speed digital telephone service.

"We believe our new referral program will benefit Internet service providers,
customers and Bell Atlantic," says  Curt Koeppen, Bell Atlantic's vice
president for ISDN. "ISPs need to offer higher speed and higher quality data
services to attract and keep customers, consumers want to enjoy the services
they spend time and money on and  Bell Atlantic wants to give customers
another reason to use ISDN at home," Koeppen says.

ISDN, recently introduced by Bell Atlantic in the residential market,
improves the speed and quality of  cybersurfers' online time. The digital
service integrates voice, data and video signals on a single, high-speed
digital phone line and can support transmissions up to nine times faster than
regular analog phone lines. This  allows users to quickly download large data
files or complex graphics. ISDN provides high-speed access to the  Internet
as well as access to remote computers and LANs (corporate computer networks).

Participants in the referral program will include current or future ISPs and
online service providers who support  dial-up ISDN service for consumers in
at least some part of the Bell Atlantic service area. ISPs may promote  Bell
Atlantic's ISDN service to their customers in many ways -- such as
establishing a hyperlink from their  World Wide Web site to Bell Atlantic's
home page, sending an e-mail message to their high-volume customers  in the
Bell Atlantic service area or sending direct mail advertising to prospective
customers noting how ISDN  service can enhance the customer's use of the
ISP's Internet service.

ISDN service currently is available to Bell Atlantic residential customers in
New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
Bell Atlantic's request to offer ISDN service to  consumers in Washington,
D.C. is awaiting approval from the D.C. Public Service Commission.

                         Unisys Unveils Aquanta PCs

Unisys Corp. is hoping it can make an impact in the PC market with a new line
of custom-built machines.  The  company's Aquanta systems can be ordered in a
specific configuration, including processor, storage and  operating system
options, determined by the customer. The models sport a distinctive "wave"
design.  The PC  or server is built by one person, helping to boost overall
quality, says Unisys. Once built, a customized operating system is preloaded
into the PC and the system is extensively tested prior to shipping.

"The Aquanta products enable customers to order products specific to their
needs and rely on truly worldwide  service and support from Unisys," says
Frank Brandenberg, vice president and general manager of Unisys' PC division.
"We deliver quality at a competitive cost by leveraging unique manufacturing
processes and working with our partners to offer the latest technology as
soon as it is available."  "This announcement has more potential than
anything I have heard before from Unisys," says Richard Zwetchkenbaum,
director of brand  research for market researcher International Data Corp.

                         Sony Agrees to Acquire Etak

Sony Corporation of America says it has agreed to acquire Etak Inc., a
leading developer of digital map data for  automobile navigation systems.
The deal's terms weren't disclosed. Sony said it expects the acquisition to
become effective following the conclusion of customary government reviews.
Based in Menlo Park, California,  Etak is currently a subsidiary of The News
Corporation Ltd. Upon the deal's completion, Etak will become a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

"Strategically, this acquisition provides Sony with Etak's tremendous
expertise in digital mapping and navigation software to partner with Sony's
mobile navigation hardware," says Ted Kawai, deputy president of Sony
Corporation of America. "This will solidify Sony's position as a leader in
mobile navigation."  "This  commitment on Sony's behalf will be a benefit to
both Etak's automotive and non-automotive customers," says  George Bremser
Jr., Etak's chairman and CEO.

"Sony is also interested in expanding the range of our software applications
to future platforms for mobile navigation."  Etak's licensees include major
mobile electronics  manufacturers, including Sony, Robert Bosch, General
Motors, Delco Electronics, Motorola, Clarion and Pioneer.

                     CompuServe to Rate Internet Content

CompuServe Inc. says it has expanded its commitment to the Platform for
Internet Content Selection (PICS)  rating platform and announced that all
CompuServe content on the Internet would be PICS compliant by July 1.
Additionally, CompuServe has announced a corporate sponsorship of the
Recreational Software Advisory  Council on the Internet (RSACi) content-
labeling advisory system, a PICS-compliant rating system that will be  used
to rate CompuServe's Internet content.

CompuServe says it will encourage its third-party content providers and users
with personal home pages to use  the RSACi rating system. RSACi, or RSAC on
the Internet, is the objective content-labeling advisory system for the
Internet created by RSAC, an independent, non-profit organization based in
Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Besides rating its own content, CompuServe will
provide its members worldwide with access to RSACi through  Microsystems'
CyberPatrol blocking software, already available for free to CompuServe
members (GO PATROL).

CyberPatrol, the first commercially available parental control software to
support the PICS standard, allows consumers to determine the kind of material
they choose to experience on the Internet.  "CompuServe today strengthened
our commitment to empowering the user," says Denny Matteucci, president of
CompuServe's  Online Services Division.

"It provides our users with the tools to shape the online and Internet
experience to fit their own values. We will  ensure that anyone who wants to
use a PICS rating system to rate our content can do so.  Further, we are
sponsoring RSAC and will serve on its advisory committee because we support
independent efforts to rate content without imposing censorship and limiting
Internet access."

The RSACi rating system is a fully-automated, paperless system that relies on
a questionnaire that the Webmaster, who owns/operates a specific Web site,
completes at RSAC's home page ( The questionnaire runs
through a series of highly specific questions about the level, nature and
intensity of the sex, nudity, violence or offensive language (vulgar or hate-
motivated) found within the Webmaster's site.

Once completed, the questionnaire is then submitted electronically to the
RSAC Web server, which tabulates the results and produces the HTML advisory
tags that the Web master then places on their Web site/page.  A standard
Internet browser or blocking device that has been configured to read the
RSACi system can recognize  these tags, allowing parents who use the browser
to either allow or restrict their children's access to any single rating or
combination of ratings.

                         DRAM Chip Prices Seen Lower

Analysts predict the average price for four-megabit DRAMs (dynamic random
access memories) will be $6 this  year and the average price for 16-megabit
DRAMs will be $24, both down from price levels in 1995.  Speaking  to seminar
in Tokyo, Dataquest senior analyst Jim Handy said today the price declines
reflect an oversupply in  the market, but noted DRAM makers still are likely
to secure sufficient profits from the chips in 1996 because  DRAM prices are
unlikely to fall below cost.

According to the Reuter News Service, Handy said the estimated manufacturing
cost for four-megabit DRAMs was $3.24. The four-megabit DRAM price could fall
to that cost level if world personal computer shipments in  1996 drop below
45 million units.  However, Reuters says, Dataquest expects world PC
shipments in 1996 to rise to 72 million from 1995's 60 million.  He added
that recent declines in DRAM prices were caused by fewer orders from PC
makers, but also said if  prices fall, that would encourage PC makers to buy
more DRAMs this year.

                         Disney Buys Software Studio

For undisclosed terms, Walt Disney Co. has acquired Sanctuary Woods' British
Columbia entertainment  software studio and game development technology.
Reporting from Burbank, California, United Press  International quotes Disney
officials as saying the company will retain most of the 36 employees in
Victoria and  expects the operation to produce four to six titles annually.

Vice President Steve Fields of Disney Interactive Edutainment & Multimedia
told the wire service, "This  acquisition will help us meet an aggressive
schedule of new software title production. The studio, its talented  team of
artists, programmers and designers and its unique software development tools
match Disney's creative  vision perfectly."

The studio became available when Sanctuary Woods focused development solely
on its curriculum-based education products produced at its Toronto and San
Mateo, California, studios. Disney noted the technology  being acquired is
highly compatible with Disney's CD-ROM products and will be utilized
throughout Disney Interactive business units.  The deal is the second to be
announced by Disney since it completed its $19 billion buyout of Capital
Cities/ABC Inc. in February. It announced in mid-April it had acquired visual
effects studio Dream Quest  Images for an undisclosed price.

                        Looney Tunes Headed to CD-ROM

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Virgin Sound and Vision say they
have finalized a multi-year  agreement to create children's software
featuring the Looney Tunes characters.  Targeting kids under 12, the  titles
will be designed to fill a niche for entertainment CD-ROMs for older
children. The companies promise  that all of titles will feature TV- quality
animation and character voices for the Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs
Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester & Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil,
Marvin the Martian and

The first titles are scheduled for release in 1997. Virgin Sound and Vision
and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment say they will collaborate on
creative development and marketing strategy. Virgin Sound and Vision will
assume responsibility for implementation of all marketing, sales and
distribution efforts.  "We are  delighted to partner with Warner Bros.
Interactive Entertainment on the development of such an important global
property," says Tom Turpin, CEO of Virgin Sound and Vision. "The Looney Tunes
characters have great recognition and appeal among children and adults, and
therefore should be well-received by families everywhere."

"We feel that Virgin Sound and Vision's dedication to the highest-quality
software development and CD-ROM  family entertainment is an ideal match with
our own goals for Looney Tunes and for Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment," adds Dan Romanelli, president of Warner Bros.' Worldwide
consumer products unit. "We look  forward to bringing our characters to the
children's software arena where kids can actively participate with
their families."

                         Survey Profiles Cybernauts

A new survey of Internet and online service users conducted by A.C. Nielsen
finds that cybernauts tend to be  young, male, smart and wealthy.
Specifically, the study notes that Internet and online service users areyoung
males with higher than average household incomes and education who hold
professional occupations.

Driven largely by a high level of disposable income, households with access
to the Internet and online services spend significantly more than their non-
wired counterparts on non-consumer packaged products, including:

    25 percent more in music stores.
    91 percent more in office supply stores.
    22 percent more in hardware/home improvement stores.
    21 percent more in automotive stores.
    15 percent more in toy stores.
    78 percent more in electronic stores.
    29 percent more in department stores.
    12 percent more in warehouse stores.
    36 percent more through mail order.
    17 percent more in pet stores.
    39 percent more in bookstores.

On the other hand, says Nielsen, there's little difference in expenditures
for consumer packaged goods, particularly groceries, between the two groups.
But the pattern of expenditures among certain categories of dry groceries was
very different, notes the market researcher. For example, Internet households
spend 24 percent more on breakfast foods and 13 percent more on soft drinks.
Surprisingly, wired households spend 10 percent less on coffee than
households that don't surf electronically.

Nielsen mailed its survey to 40,000 U.S. households. Overall, 24,488
households responded -- a response rate  of 61.2 percent. Survey respondents
were the primary computer users within each household.

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Web Rating System Unveiled
FBI "Decency" Inquiry Criticized In
CIS Lawsuit
Microsoft & NBC To Market
Personalized News
MicroUnity's "Cray On A Tray"
Zenith To Build A Web-TV
BBC Goes High-Tech
New Anti-Theft Software For Cell
Does Information Technology Aid
Compaq Picks VideoLogic For 3D
Copland Release On Hold
Student Charged With Online Child
Apple To Take "Small Steps" For
Prodigy Sold For $250 Million
Network Computer Standards Close To
Brewer Turns Broker
More Computers = More Pay?
PCs In Europe Cost 34% More
HP, Compaq To Invest In Flat Panel
USTA Outlines Plan For Wiring
Novices Need Not Apply, Says PSInet
New Chip For High-Speed Analog
Phone Companies:  Untwisted Pair?
More Mac Clones
"Universal" Computer
New Digital Cellular Systems All Set
To Go
Agriculture Network Sows Seeds Of
IBM In Home Banking
Electronic Banking Could Be Big
AOL Teams Up For E-Commerce
CIO Control Freaks Are Counter-
Internet In Africa
Horus Software Spells Reliability
Attempt To Block Use Of Canadian
Hitachi Plans To Shake Up Laptop
Nintendo's Next-Generation Video
Game Machine

                         WEB RATING SYSTEM UNVEILED
The long-awaited PICS (platform for Internet content selection) system is now
functional, allowing parents to screen and  block content they deem
unsuitable for their children.  Thirty-nine Internet-related companies plan
to offer their  customers software that enables them to filter out pages
according to their own choice of tolerance level for violence, sex,  nudity
and language.  Web page sponsors can get their sites rated, on a scale of
zero (innocuous) to four ("X-rated"), by  filling out an electronic
questionnaire.  Parents can set the level at which content will be blocked
and can also block all  unrated sites.  A password gives parents access to
those areas they've blocked for their children.  (Investor's Business  Daily
10 May 96 A18)

An FBI inquiry into citizens' accusations that CompuServe was violating the
Communications Decency Act has been  harshly criticized by one of the three
judges hearing a suit brought by CompuServe and groups such as the American
Library Association and the American Civil Liberties Union.  The plaintiffs
are arguing that the law is unconstitutional  because it constrains free
speech.  The FBI inquiry took place despite the fact that the government had
promised to  refrain from investigating complaints about online "decency"
while the lawsuit was being heard.  The plaintiffs dismissed  as a "semantic
fine quibble" the Bureau's assertion that it had conducted a "review" rather
than an "investigation."  The  Communications Decency Act is intended to make
it a crime for "indecent" or "patently offensive" sexual material to be  made
available to children over computer networks.  (New York Times 11 May 96 p8)

"The future of TV news is personalized -- it's giving users the ability to
draw on a huge source of information that will  cater and be customized to
personal interests," says the president of NBC Cable.  To achieve this new
vision, NBC is  developing a "circle of cross promotion" for MSNBC, the new
venture between Microsoft and NBC.  "MSNBC is very  much a marketing vehicle.
It's a conscious way to use the brand power of a TV network to drive people
to become online  users and the online service to become a regular part of
the way people use television."  (Broadcasting & Cable 6 May 96 p43)

                        MICROUNITY'S "CRAY ON A TRAY"
MicroUnity Systems Engineering has spent the last seven years developing a
microprocessor that uses parallel processing  to zip through video, audio and
data streams at speeds a thousand times faster than today's chips.  "The PC
architecture is  nearing the end of its life cycle," says Chairman John
Moussouris.  If all predictions come true, the MicroUnity chip will  not only
be super-fast -- it will also be super-cheap, inexpensive enough to be used
in budget-priced cell phones.  And as  technology changes, the chips will
upgrade easily, simply by loading new software.  (Business Week 13 May 96

                          ZENITH TO BUILD A WEB-TV
Zenith Electronics is planning a television set that will incorporate a
microprocessor and modem, as well as technology  developed by Diba Inc. that
allows viewers to surf the Web via a remote control device.  (Wall Street
Journal 10 May 96 B3)

                             BBC GOES HIGH-TECH
The venerable British Broadcasting Corp. is getting a digital makeover --
with plans to spend more than $300 million on   new subscription and
multimedia channels, on-demand news and sports, and an expanded presence on
the World Wide  Web.  "The BBC is going through a cultural revolution," says
a media analyst at Goldman Sachs.  The company hopes  that the new offerings
will help it rebuild a steadily dropping viewership, but some analysts say
that scenario is  optimistic, given that it's unknown if viewers will be
willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for the set-top boxes  required to
receive the new channels.  (Wall Street Journal 10 May 96 A5B)

AT&T and Bell Atlantic are installing new anti-theft software in their
cellular service network computers, designed to  prevent rampant "cloning" of
cell phones.  The authentication software exchanges a series of passwords
between the cell  phone and the wireless network exchange before a call is
placed or received.  The system is already installed in AT&T's  New York and
Florida systems, and Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile has introduced the technology
in its New York and  orthern New Jersey regions.  (Wall Street Journal 10 May
96 B3)

Economics Nobel Prize laureate Robert M. Solow suggests that claims of
increased productivity from information  technology are highly exaggerated:
"The hype about productivity has been much greater than the performance.
Maybe we  have gotten so good at hype that the information revolution seems
bigger to us than the electric motor seemed when it  was invented.  But the
electric motor had a big impact on how many shirts you could sew in a day."
(New York Times 12  May 96 Sec4 p1)

Compaq Computer has selected the U.K. company VideoLogic to supply 3D
graphics circuit boards to give Compaq's  Presario line of computers "aracade-
quality" graphics capabilities.  (Financial Times 10 May 96 p19)

                           COPLAND RELEASE ON HOLD
Apple Computer will delay until 1997 delivery of its new Copland operating
system for the Macintosh, to give the  company time to improve Copland's
integration with the Internet.  "Amelio has expressed his desire to integrate
Internet  access much more seamlessly with the base operating system, and
that wasn't the original design goal for Copland," says   the editor of an
industry newsletter.  In addition, Apple may be considering making Sun
Microsystems' Java part of the  mix in the same way that Microsoft is
embedding Java in its Windows 95 software.  (Information Week 29 Apr 96 p15)

A student at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York, has been charged
with using a university computer to retrieve  (from computers in Sweden and
the Netherlands) photos of children engaged in  sex acts and to retransmit
the photos to  people in the U.S. who requested them.  The charge of
promoting the sexual performance of a child is a felony and is  subject to
punishment by up to seven years in prison.  (New York Times 11 May 96 p16)

Declaring that his company is at a crosswords where one path will lead it to
a "decline into irrelevancy" while the other  path will return it to its
mission of "changing the world," new Apple CEO Gilbert F. Amelio used his
first public strategy  speech to promise a series of "small steps" that he
says will restore the company to its former prosperity.  As part of  Amelio's
new plan, Apple will focus on "megatrends" (such as the Internet and
multimedia products and services) and  will refocus and simplify its product
lines, which will now be reorganized around four product groups: the
Macintosh  computer line;  the "information appliance" business comprising
products under $1000;  printers and modems;  and the  Advanced Technology
Group devoted to "alternative platforms" such as the CHRP ("common hardware
reference  platform") computer that Apple co-designed with IBM.  (New York
Times 14 May 96 C1)

                        PRODIGY SOLD FOR $250 MILLION
IBM and Sears have sold their Prodigy online service for around $250 million
to an investor group, recruited by  Prodigy's current management team.
Mexico's Grupo Carso, owner of telephone giant Telefonos de Mexico, is part
of  the International Wireless Inc. purchasing group.  (Wall Street Journal
13 May 96 B2)  Prodigy management will retain  their jobs under the sales
agreement, and have voiced plans to concentrate on Internet-related services
and global  marketing.  "The new Prodigy is going to be the world," says
Prodigy's CEO.  (Investor's Business Daily 14 May 96 A8)

IBM, Oracle and Sun Microsystems are working up technical specifications for
a class of low-cost Internet appliances that  can be used to tap into the
Web.  The new specifications will be licensed to any appliance maker who
wants them.  The  joint effort is seen as a strategy to avoid a scenario
where one company overwhelmingly dominates the market, as is the  case with
Microsoft and PC operating systems.  The technical standards will make it
easier for software firms to write  applications programs, and will allow
manufacturers to use a variety of operating systems or microprocessors, so
long as  they work with Sun's Java.  (Wall Street Journal 13 May 96 B2)

                             BREWER TURNS BROKER
Spring Street Brewing Co. soon will be cooking up deals instead of hops, says
company founder Andrew Klein.  After an  initial foray into online stock
trading a couple of months ago when Klein was granted SEC approval to offer
Spring Street  shares for sale via a Web site, Klein now plans to "build the
world's first investment bank and brokerage firm dedicated  to arranging the
public offering of securities through the World Wide Web."  His new entity,
Wit Capital Corp., will  offer businesses "an array of financial advisory
services" and "will act as an agent on the public offering of securities
through the Internet."  (BNA Electronic Information Policy & Law Report 12
Apr 96 p15)

                         MORE COMPUTERS = MORE PAY?
A study by two professors at the Wharton School indicates an inverse
relationship between workers' and managers' use of  computers and pay scales.
When managers' use of computers doubled, the workers' salaries increased by
3% annually.   Conversely, when employees' computer use doubled, managers'
pay rose by 3.5%.  The latter results suggest that when  computers are
introduced into a company's operations, managers are freed from some types of
work and are able to take  on more complicated duties, which often increases
their salaries.  (St. Petersburg Times 13 May 96 p13)

                         PCs IN EUROPE COST 34% MORE
A new report from IDG Group says that after taxes, PC prices in Europe
average 34% higher than the U.S. for the same  machine.  Still, sales are
expected to continue to rise, with an anticipated 6.4 million units sold this
year, up from 5.4  million last year.  (Investor's Business Daily 14 May 96

Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer are among 27 investors in a Silicon
Valley start-up that plans to manufacture a  prototype of a flat-panel
display with full-motion color capabilities.  Silicon Video's display
measures 1/4-inch thick and  uses cathode-ray tube technology.  The company
expects to have the prototype ready within a year.  (Wall Street Journal  14
May 96 B6)

The United States Telephone Association has proposed a plan to give schools
and libraries free access to the Internet and  advanced telecommunications
services, to be paid for through a universal service fund that would collect
revenues  generated through interstate telecommunications services. Providers
of the services would pay in an amount based on  their interstate retail
revenues, and subscribers would pay a 4% to 5% surcharge on their calls.  The
USTA estimates it  will cost between $930 million and $1 billion to link all
the facilities over four years.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives 8 May 96

PSINet will gear its online access service toward experienced users rather
than the mass market, citing the expense of  providing customer support to
computer novices.  "We're going to no longer serve the low-end consumer,"
says the  companies CEO.  "We were not making money at that part anyway.  If
AT&T gives away training to 80 million  customers, we'll take their
graduates.  I can make a billion-dollar company on their crumbs." (Investor's
Business Daily 13 May 96 A7)

IBM and Hughes are planning to use a new microchip combining silicon and
germanium to develop extremely high-speed  analog communications products,
such as a small radar system that could be installed in automobiles to help
prevent  collisions.  (New York Times 13 May 96 C6)

                      PHONE COMPANIES:  UNTWISTED PAIR?
With the Internet increasingly used to provide such traditional phone
services as  faxing and Videoconferencing, the  British consulting group
Analysis is urging the phone companies to respond to new competitive
realities by breaking  themselves into two parts, with one part managing and
selling network capacity and the other part offering services,  including
voice service, news and financial data.  (The Economist 11 May 96 p60)

                               MORE MAC CLONES
Several Taiwanese firms are gearing up to produce Macintosh clones, giving a
boost to Apple efforts to build market  share.  Umax Group began shipping its
high-end clones this month, with systems based on the 150-MHz and 180-MHz
PowerPC chips, and IBM's recent agreement to license the Mac operating system
will allow it to sublicense MacOS to  two Taiwanese system makers. IBM
doesn't plan to build the machines itself, but hopes that bundling the Mac
software  with its PowerPC chip will encourage other component makers to
comply with the PowerPC platform, freeing clone  makers from exclusive
reliance on Apple for parts.  (Information Week 6 May 96 p24)

                             UNIVERSAL COMPUTER
Saying "this is not a P.C" but rather "an appliance that is dramatically
cheaper and easier to use," Oracle CEO  Larry Ellison heralded the "network
computer" (a cheap and simple alternative to personal computers) as "the
first step beyond personal computing, to universal computing."  Oracle has
announced technology partnerships  with a group of about two dozen companies,
including Mitsubishi, Nokia, Acer, Motorola, Digital, Cirrus  Logic and
Corel, that will either manufacture or contribute hardware or software
components to a network  computer, designed to receive its applications
software from the network on an as-needed basis.  IBM and Sun  are expected
to join Oracle and Netscape in an endorsement of standards for the network
computer.  (New York Times 16 May 96 C2)

Despite lingering questions about the viability of CDMA (code division
multiple access) technology, AirTouch  Communications has begun offering its
Powerband commercial digital cellul

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