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IBM's first beta of Merlin -- the next version of OS/2 Warp -- is out. But is it good enough to present a serious challenge to Win95 and Windows NT? Hosted by Brett Glass.

Fighting junk e-mail:
Despite a variety of intriguing suggestions, it's still not clear what's to be done about junk e-mail. Any ideas?
Is Linux ready for the desktop?
Some people are taking Linux in esoteric directions. Nicholas Petreley is hedging his bets that it will be more commonplace. What's your take on it?
Chatting with the KKK:
Does even the KKK have the right to chat? What do you do when your son's newsgroup declares war with online Klan supporters? Help Ed Foster sort out this moral dilemma.


StrataCom's Dick Moley looks ahead to the company's future with Cisco.


Advice Line: Burnt out? Most of us work way over 40 hours per week. Should we blame our boss, the industry, or ourselves? Find some answers in the Advice Line

Dave Taylor: Who's afraid of the big, bad Internet? A lesson from viruses.
Bob Metcalfe: Netcom's recent system collapse is but a preview of major crashes to come.
Stewart Alsop: Alsop's gains from switching from the MacOS to Win95 outweigh any losses.


Mass disruption: Hacking has grown up. Now it's called information warfare and it threatens corporate and national security.

E-cash: Is it still just a pipe dream?


Letters: Cryptomania! Should we be using strong encryption in all Internet products all the time? Readers react to Bob Metcalfe's assertion that we should.

InfoWorld QuickPoll: Will Linux ever be given fair consideration alongside commercial OSes on the desktop? Cast your vote!
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Today's News
Sony ponders expansion into notebooks

Following its debut last month in the US consumer PC market, Sony Corp. next year may expand into notebooks, a company spokesman said Thursday.

Posted at 4:10 PM PT, Jul 11, 1996

As expected, AT&T will put an end to PersonaLink

AT&T announced Thursday that AT&T PersonaLink Services will be discontinued on Aug. 30, as part of the company's strategy to move its online efforts from proprietary to the Internet.

Posted at 12:11 PM PT, Jul 11, 1996

Lotus makes questionable claim to 20 percent of suite market

Pointing to a report released by market researcher Dataquest Inc., Lotus Development Corp. said Tuesday it reached 20 percent share of the PC application suite market for this year's first quarter.

Posted at 11:12 AM PT, Jul 11, 1996

NEC to ship 13.3-inch active matrix display for notebooks

Japan's NEC Corp. in September will begin shipping samples of a 13.3-inch thin-film-transistor LCD designed to offer users the largest screen that can fit in a standard notebook chassis, an NEC spokesman said Thursday.

Posted at 4:49 PM PT, Jul 11, 1996

eTrust takes aim at protecting privacy on the 'net

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined with a group of online businesses Wednesday to create a new organization aimed at protecting individuals' privacy on the Internet.

Posted at 5:27 PM PT, Jul 11, 1996

HP to end disk-drive manufacturing, sees slowdown in overall product orders

Hewlett-Packard Co. Wednesday announced plans to shut down its disk-drive manufacturing operations and said it is facing a slowdown in orders across its product lines.

Posted at 5:27 PM PT, Jul 11, 1996

Informix pushes ahead with smart card plans, announces pilot program

Hoping to stake out a leadership position in what the company believes will be a booming market, Informix Software Inc. Wednesday revealed more details regarding its smart card technology plans, and announced a tri-continental pilot program.

Posted at 2:53 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

Microsoft to launch daily news service in the UK

Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a UK-based daily online news service on the Microsoft Network by the end of this year, according to company sources.

Posted at 6:20 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

WebTV to Offer Internet Access via Television

Angling to tap into the elusive but purportedly vast Internet consumer market, WebTV Networks Inc. announced today technology to browse the Internet through a television set.

Posted at 5:07 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

Microsoft keeps its options open with Normandy

Microsoft Corp. is leaving itself lots of wiggle room regarding the future deployment of its recently announced "Normandy" Internet Commerce technology.

Posted at 2:03 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

Microsoft continues Web publishing push with Cityscape

Microsoft Corp. is developing a Web-based entertainment service that will offer regional information on restaurants, movies, and local events, according to a company official.

Posted at 11:30 AM PT, Jul 10, 1996

GTE offers Internet access via UUnet across US

Entering the crowded Internet access arena, GTE Corp. said today it will use UUnet Technologies Inc.'s network to offer Internet service in 46 states.

Posted at 2:09 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

Kinetix's tool for adding virtual reality to Web sites available in beta

Autodesk Inc.'s multimedia business unit Kinetix on Wednesday announced beta availability of MAX VRML2, a PC-based tool for creating three-dimensional models, environments and animations.

Posted at 5:13 PM PT, Jul 10, 1996

[News in Brief]

  • Novell launches Netware managed services in Japan
  • Dell cuts prices across PC server line
  • MITI, Speedware team up their database products
  • Singapore manufacturer to make Apple monitors
  • Motorola reports lower Q2 sales, earnings
  • Microsoft to launch daily news service in England

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