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APPLE

Bad Blood Between Apple And Its Now Ex-Ad Agency
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. Macintosh commercials in print and on televisions over the past 12 years were developed through BBDO West, Apple Computer's [NASDAQ:AAPL] contracted ad agency. In a terse announcement Thursday, BBDO resigned the account, as Apply simultaneously announced plans to reassess general advertising needs.

Jobs Sells 1.5 Million Shares, Says Stock Letter
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. Ten days ago, Apple Computer Inc. [NASDAQ:AAPL] witnessed a barrage of stories about Steven Jobs selling 1.5 million shares of Apple stock when in fact the company only revealed Jobs' shares had been made available. Yesterday, a block of 1.5 million Apple shares were sold with the sale being attributed to the co-founder of the trouble company.

 

BROADCAST

Decoded Direct-to-Home Programs Illegal In Canada
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Martin Stone. The Federal Court of Canada has ruled it illegal for Canadian TV viewers to receive television programming not authorized by the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

 

BUSINESS

Artisoft Restructures, Lays Off 140
TUCSON, ARIZONA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. Networking and remote product maker Aritsoft Inc. [NASDAQ:ASFT] said it has completed the restructuring of its operations to "reduce the company's break-even point." Part of the restructuring involves the firing of more than half of the company's employees, officials said.

Gandalf Employees Locked Out Until Court Order Granted
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Grant Buckler. Financially troubled Gandalf Technologies Inc. was locked out of its corporate headquarters and factories Thursday when its landlord, apparently spooked by the communications equipment maker's financial problems, demanded two and a half months' rent in advance and then locked the buildings when Gandalf refused to pay. Gandalf employees were back at work Friday, after the company obtained a court ruling that the landlord had overstepped its legal rights.

Late Earnings Update - Cyrix 2Q Revenue To Be Below 1Q
RICHARDSON, TEXAS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Newsbytes Staff. Cyrix Corp. [NASDAQ:CYRX] announced that based on preliminary results, it now expects its second quarter revenue levels to be significantly below the $75.6 million reported in the first quarter this year, but much stronger than the second quarter of 1996.

Gandalf On Verge Of Collapse?
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Grant Buckler. Only days after a nervous landlord locked its headquarters and factory for a day, Gandalf Technologies Inc. [TSE:GAN][NASDAQ:GANDF] has admitted its search for a buyer has so far been fruitless, further short-term financing is unlikely to turn up, and the company may have to enter bankruptcy or receivership.

 

CHIPS

Cyrix, Motorola Introduce New Processors
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. Motorola [NYSE:MOT] and Cyrix [NASDAQ:CYRX] separately introduced new processors Monday morning. Cyrix added to its MediaGX line; Motorola expanded its reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processor that is made by a new manufacturing process.

Motorola DRAM Just A Memory
AUSTIN, TEXAS, U.S.A., 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. Motorola's [NYSE:MOT] Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) group said it will phase out its dynamic random access memory (DRAM) efforts to concentrate on other memory technologies. Company officials also said Motorola will take a pre-tax charge of an estimated $170 million to write down both equipment and technology costs in the second quarter associated with its DRAM exit.

 

LEGAL

Congress Plans Hearings On Software Piracy
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. Software piracy isn't just a business problem anymore. Congressional leaders, deciding to join in the fight against international software piracy, plan to hold hearings later this year on the causes and effects of illegal copying and use of computer programs.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Communications Decency Act
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. The Communications Decency Act became history, rather than made history, this morning, when the US Supreme Court rejected the Act as unconstitutional. The high court affirmed a lower court ruling in a 7-2 decision with a ruling written by Justice Stephen Breyer. Chief Justice William Rhenquist and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor concurred with the decision, and dissented in part, making the decision virtually unanimous.

SF's Multimedia Gulch Celebrates CDA Decision
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Linda Dailey Paulson. For seemingly interminable weeks, free speech advocates have been awaiting the Supreme Court's decision in the case of ACLU v. Reno. Now that the Court's 7-2 decision declares the Communications Decency Act (CDA) unconstitutional, the celebrations began in the South Park/Multimedia Gulch area San Francisco - where many of the nascent protests of the CDA started in December 1995.

Clinton Takes Wait And See Attitude On CDA Ruling
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. There's "virtual" dancing in the streets in many parts of Washington today over the US Supreme Court's ruling that the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional - but the White House grounds isn't one of them.

Group Challenges World Technology Agreement In Court
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. ITI, the Information Technology Industry Council, will participate as an intervener in a lawsuit challenging the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The ITA, negotiated at the Singapore World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial last December, will eliminate tariffs for 90 percent of the world's trade volume in information technology products.

Digital Watermark To Prevent Online Image Piracy
PORTLAND, OREGON, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- by Linda Dailey Paulson. Playboy Enterprises Inc. has announced it will employ Digimarc Corp. digital watermarking products and services to aid it in preventing image piracy online. Playboy has been aggressive in its efforts to stop copyright infringement and unauthorized distribution of the images found on its Web site.

 

ONLINE

Internet Update
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. This is a roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet including: Internet live - Major League Baseball; helping you save long distance dollars; need a job, check it out; keeping track of Web pages the easy way; Museum of London launches Web site; tracking changes in the tax code; swapping your house for a cheaper vacation; change your life! get in shape.

How To Get A Job Working On The Web
MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Jacqueline Emigh. Working as a World Wide Web designer or content developer can be lucrative, as well as interesting, and there are lots of ways of starting out, said members of a panel of cyberspace employment specialists, during a career and resource event sponsored by the Boston Chapter of Webgrrls.

Filtering Software Lets You Determine What's Offensive
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA., U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Skye Giordano. Next time you try to access ESPNet Sportzone while at work, your access could be restricted if the new version of Solid Oak Software's content filtering software, Cybersitter 97, is installed on your network.

Concentric And Netscape Provide Online Intranets
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. Aiming at the intranet boom, the use of the World Wide Web as a private business environment, Netscape Communications Corp. [NASDAQ:NSCP] and Concentric Network Corp. announced Virtual Office, a means for smaller businesses to have their own private intranet hosted by Concentric and backed with Netscape Internet/intranet software.

Internet Update
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. This is a roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet including: Internet live - Major League Baseball; Internet live - NASDAQ news; Jacques Cousteau dies; MIR accident questions space station safety; Lycos City Guides cover the world; college comparisons like you've never seen; you like salsa? you'll love this; listen to the network; culture on the Web; CERT issues security advisory; new Request For Comments published.

Online, Net Industry Applauds CDA's Downfall
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. Those who make the Internet their business or hobby applauded the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act. But one of the groups that wanted to see the CDA put into effect said Thursday's action will not defeat the effort to protect children from pornography on the Internet.

Internet Update - Hong Kong Hand Over Special
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. This is a special edition of Internet Update, rounding up sites offering information and live multimedia of events in Hong Kong during its hand-over to China. It includes: the official site; local newspaper specials; American views of the switch; Lily Wong back on the Web; video webcasts of the event; checking in with the Web cams; listen live, just like you're there; lives in transition; chat with the locals.

Nomura Makes Japanese Net History At Shareholder's Meeting
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. Nomura Securities joined 2,355 other Japanese companies in holding its annual shareholder's meeting today but made Japanese Internet history by providing details and images of the event online. The scandal-hit brokerage is trying to repair its image after a pay-off scandal claimed board members at the company and a major bank.

NCSA, AOL Warn Of E-Mail-Borne Trojan Horses
CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. Beware of strangers bearing gifts, especially through e-mail. They're probably nothing but trouble. That's what The National Computer Security Association (NCSA) is warning America Online [NYSE:AOL] users that the supposed pornography-based program or add-on to a software program they receive via e-mail has a very different purpose: it will "snatch" a user's password and then pass it on to a hacker, who will then use and abuse the person's account.

Editorial - CDA Battle Was For Free Speech, Not Free Porn
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. For those people who think their children will be swamped with pornography whenever they go on to the Internet's World Wide Web, now that the Communications Decency Act is now history, I say relax. The misguided law's defeat doesn't mean cyberspace will equal porn - it means speech will be free, just like the First Amendment of the Constitution says it should be.

Softbank Net Solutions To Unveil Beta Users On Monday
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Jacqueline Emigh. On Monday, June 30, Softbank Net Solutions will announce the Universal Music Group and Veger Technologies Corp. as the first two beta customers for The Rights Exchange, a new technology for "secure" distribution of intellectual property over the World Wide Web, Newsbytes has learned.

56Kbps Battle Could Be Over As 3Com Closes US Robotics Deal
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna and Linda Dailey Paulson. Rumors that US Robotics' 56 kilobit per second (Kbps) modem standard known as "x2" is losing the battle against the Rockwell/Lucent standard called "K56Flex," got a boost today when projected installations of the two different modems showed US Robotics [NASDAQ:USRX] losing ten to one. Yesterday, the acquisition of US Robotics by 3Com [NASDAQ:COMS] was officially complete.

Internet Update
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. This is a roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet including: more desktop news for you; Asian financial news and Indonesian stocks; sustainable farming connection; online information for mystery TV fans; mailing list for new PC users; the latest news on search engines; NEAR flies by asteroid.

Start-up Proposes Oceanic Internet Fiber Cable
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. CTR Group Ltd., a small start-up backed by six unidentified companies, has proposed a business plan, called Project Oxygen, to lay undersea and overland fiber optic cables to deliver a future video-driven Internet. The company's blueprint outlines a completed network by the year 2003.

White House Will Say No New Net Taxes
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. A rare breath of laissez faire is expected to emanate from the White House tomorrow when the Clinton Administration releases its long-awaited report on electronic commerce. From the administration that so far has given the United State the V-chip, the Communications Decency Act, television ratings and key recovery regulations on exports of encryption software, the report is expected to ask for a moratorium on new taxes and regulations affecting global electronic commerce, particularly on the Internet.

More Than 125 Local Newspapers Now Online
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. Over 125 local daily newspapers started hawking their broadsheets and tabloids nationwide today, as part of the NewsWorks World Wide Web site. NewsWorks, launched this morning by New Century Network (NCN), which claims to be the first national network of local newspaper Web sites, is said to be the largest Web-based network featuring information from multiple local affiliates to date.

Internet Update
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. This is a roundup of new and updated resources and services on the global Internet including: Internet live - radio from California; count your cookies; system vulnerability database; Visual Basic Web magazine; Web publishing resource; Thai Government online; focusing on the struggles of refugees; something to make you think.

Keynote Study Names Fastest, Slowest Internet Backbones
SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA. U.S.A., 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Jacqueline Emigh. If it seems to you that some Internet backbones perform better than others, your impressions are now corroborated.. According to newly released test results from Keynote Systems, the ten fastest backbones in the US and Canada are: Compuserve, GridNet, AGIS, UUnet, Savvis, Genuity, AT&T WorldNet, GeoNet, IDT, and Istar.

America Online Acknowledges Slowdown In E-Mail Service
DULLES, VIRGINIA, U.S.A., 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. An America Online [NYSE:AOL] official has confirmed to Newsbytes what we have been hearing from some AOL members: Internet e-mail service from the largest online/Internet service provider has not been the speediest in the past few weeks.

 

PC

Gateway 2000 To Open $20M PC Plant In Salt Lake City
SIOUX FALLS, SOURTH DAKOTA, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Jacqueline Emigh. Gateway 2000 [NYSE:GTW] today unveiled plans to open its fifth PC manufacturing site worldwide, a $20 million facility to be located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

TELECOM

Ameritech Closing In On Michigan Long Distance Market
LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 10 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha and Bob Woods. Eleven down, three to go for Ameritech [NYSE:AIT]. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said Ameritech has met 11 of the 14 requirements on a US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) checklist which must be met before the a local phone company can provide long-distance services.

AT&T UK Survey Shows Phone Rage Increasing
LONDON, ENGLAND, 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Steve Gold. In the week that has seen AT&T UK slash its indirect telecoms service rates to introduce a new standard single rate system for international calls, known as One Rate, the UK division of the US telco has completed a survey looking into the UK's telephone habits.

FCC Rejects SBC's Long Distance Bid In Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected SBC Communications' [NYSE:SBC] bid to provide long distance service in Oklahoma. Thursday's ruling was the first the FCC has made since President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

US Justice Urges FCC To Reject Ameritech's Telecom Bid
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. The US Department of Justice has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject Ameritech's [NYSE:AIT] second bid to offer long distance services in Michigan. The Justice Department said that, while the regional Bell operating company (RBOC) has made "important progress" in opening up its local network in Michigan, it has not gone far enough to satisfy terms stipulated in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

SBC Calls FCC Decision A Defeat For Consumers
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. A top SBC Communications [NYSE:SBC] official said the US Federal Communications Commission's decision to reject his company's bid to provide long distance service in Oklahoma is a "defeat for Oklahoma's consumers, for long distance and local competition in the state, and for the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that was meant to foster such competition."

Bypass Brings Unexpected Savings In Int'l Long Distance
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 27 (NB) -- By Grant Buckler. Elementary geometry teaches that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. If you want to save money on international long-distance calls, one of the first things you should do is forget your elementary geometry. Calling from Paris to Tokyo will cost something over US$2 if done the usual way, by placing the call through France Telecom direct to Japan. But a business using a private line to the United States and then routing the call from there through a US carrier will pay less than a dollar for the US-Japan call and still significantly less than the price of the direct call even including the cost of the private line, according to Jerry DeMartino, senior vice-president of global strategy and development at MCI Corp. [NASDAQ:MCIC].

AT&T Reduces Long Distance Rates
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. AT&T [NYSE:T] said it would cut its basic rates for US domestic long distance calls by five percent during daytime and evening hours, and 15 percent during night/weekend hours.

MCI Follows AT&T In Reducing Rates
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bob Woods. MCI Communications [NASDAQ:MCIC] said it is reducing its domestic long distance phone charges for US residential customers, in response to rate cuts mandated by the US Federal Communications Commission.

Japan Studying Airship Based Wireless Network
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Martyn Williams. Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) says it is to begin promoting the idea of a nationwide wireless communications network based on relay stations installed in airships. The decision was made after it received a recent report on the feasibility of such a system.

 

TRENDS

Wave Aims To Be Blockbuster Video Of E-Commerce
LEE, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Linda Dailey Paulson. Wave Systems Corp. [NASDAQ:WAVX] plans to bundle hundreds of software titles with major PC manufacturers' products using its proprietary WaveMeter technology.

Microsoft Applauds Government Interest In Software Piracy
REDMOND, WASHINGTON, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 25 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. Along with being the world's largest software company, Microsoft Corp. [NASDAQ:MSFT] is also one the most active high-tech companies when it comes to pursuing software pirates. Today, the company applauded US government plans to investigate a crime that is costing the US billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

Microsoft Creates Yet Another Company
DENVER, COLORADO, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. The list of Microsoft's [NASDAQ:MSFT] partnerships, acquisitions and newly created companies, continues to expand across the Internet and the computing industry, as the software giant announced MSFDC, an electronic bill "sending and receiving" service and software. Microsoft and partner, First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC), plan to launch the service to financial institutions and on the World Wide Web in early 1998.

BT, MCI Preview Smart Chair, Radar Agents, Wearable PC
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 26 (NB) -- At a press event in Boston, MCI [NASDAQ:MCIC] and British Telecom (BT) officials gave journalists a preview of agent technology code-named Radar; a "next generation" wearable computer; a semi-immersive, wraparound desktop environment called "Smart Chair" and other new technologies now under development at BT's research labs in the UK and pegged for introduction into the US market.

Teleconferencing Industry Revenues Top $5Bil In 1996
WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1997 JUN 30 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha. North American teleconferencing revenues continue to set records, breaking through the $5 billion mark for the first time in 1996, according to a report released by the International Teleconferencing Association (ITCA).

Power Computing Files For IPO, Plans Intel-Based PCs
AUSTIN, TEXAS, U.S.A., 1997 JUL 1 (NB) -- By Patrick McKenna. Apple Macintosh clone manufacturer and marketer, Power Computing has confirmed the company filed documentation with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to take the company public through an initial public offering (IPO). All inquiries are directed to SEC documentation as the clone-maker remains silent on the details.

 

 

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