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** Time Warner Plans Online News **
An interactive news-on-demand service enabling users to choose and
control the content, length and order of their news programming is in the
works by Time Warner Inc. Time Warner said this week the service will be
first offered late next year to customers at Time Warner's Orlando, Fla.,
interactive services experiment, the Full Service Network.
Reports say the new service is to use the resources of the company's
Time Inc. publishing unit and New York 1 News, its 24-hour New York City
cable news service. It will be run by Walter Isaacson, currently Time
Magazine's assistant managing editor, who will become editor of new media
for Time Inc. and president of News-On-Demand; and Paul Sagan, who will
become senior vice president of Time Warner Cable Programming Inc.
The new service will include local, world and national news, business
and finance, sports, reviews, health news and weather.
** Intel Hopes to Set Video Conferencing Standard **
An Intel Corp. executive said this week that the firm hopes its new
Indeo technology will set the standard for PC-based video conferencing.
Richard Pierce, marketing manager for Indeo, told attendees at the
Piper Jaffray conference in New York that the purpose of Indeo is to
develop an open systems architecture in the newly emerging PC-based video
"We care about desktop video publishing because it is something that
will truly drive growth in PCs," Pierce said. "Our strategy is to drive
the standards," in what is a nascent industry of PC-based video
** Matsushita Sends 30,000 Game Machines to U.S. Each Month **
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. says it has been exporting its $700
Real Multimedia Game Machine, using 3DO Co.'s technology, at a monthly
rate of some 30,000 units since its debut last month.
Reports say the firm plans to put the machine on the Japanese and
European markets next spring.
The machine is equipped with a 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction
command set) chip. Besides games, it also can run multimedia software
such as educational software and photo compact discs on a television
** Logitech to Market 'Eraser Head' Pointing Device **
Logitech Inc. says it has signed a letter of intent with Interlink
Electronics of Camarillo, Calif., to distribute new pointing sticks based
on Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) technology. The agreement will allow
Logitech to exclusively market compact pointing devices with roughly the
same diameter as a pencil eraser, residing on or near a computer
Similar to the device found on the IBM ThinkPad keyboard, Logitech
notes that pointing sticks based on FSR provide an extremely convenient,
highly accessible and cost effective means of pointing.
Logitech says it intends to market FSR pointing sticks to keyboard
manufacturers and notebook and desktop system manufacturers.
** IBM Being Sued by Woman Engineer **
IBM has been sued by one of its engineers who says her bosses forced
her to have sex with a Pentagon official so IBM could get millions of
dollars in government funding.
Veronica Gunther, 35 years old, alleges superiors threatened to fire
her in 1991 and 1992 unless she maintained a sexual relationship with
Gary Denman, director of the Pentagon's ARPA (Advanced Research Projects
Reports say the named defendants in the state court suit, which seeks
unspecified damages, were IBM and two of Gunther's managers, Ray Blonn
and Nancy Green.
IBM spokesman Scott Brooks said the company doesn't comment on pending
litigation and ARPA spokeswoman Jan Walker also declined to comment.
** Windows Shipments Pass 40 Million Mark **
Microsoft Corp. reports that shipments of its Windows operating system
has passed the 40 million unit mark.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software publisher claims that Windows has
been responsible for the founding of more than 500 new companies and for
the direct creation of more than 17,300 jobs outside of Microsoft. It
notes that Microsoft Windows has been responsible for the creation of at
least $280 million in annual revenues for new small companies and for
more than $1.3 billion in incremental revenue for existing small
Microsoft reports that more than 16,000 software companies throughout
the U.S. now develop Windows-based software. These companies expect their
revenues to increase by 35 percent next year, and they expect Windows
based products to account for at least half of their total revenues, says
** Dell Offers Pentium PC **
Dell Computer Corp. says its new Pentium-based Dimension XPS P60
computer will start at $2,999, including a super VGA color monitor. The
company said it will start shipping it later this month, with
availability in Canada by Dec. 1. Dell also says it now offers factory
installation of IBM's OS/2.1 operating system on its PCs.
** Apple's IBM-Compatible Unit Unveiled at Comdex **
Apple Computer Inc. has used the world platform of the Comdex trade
show in Las Vegas to unveil its new IBM- compatible Macintosh computer.
Reports say the Macintosh Quadra 6100, DOS Compatible version,
includes both a Motorola Corp. 68LC040 microprocessor to handle Mac
programs and an Intel Corp. 486SX chip to run Microsoft Corp.'s
IBM-compatible Windows and DOS software.
Vice President Ian Diery of Apple's personal computer division said
the system will be marketed to home office users and small businesses,
adding, "We don't want compatibility to be an issue for our customers.
By developing its most compatible personal computer, Apple intends to
provide its users with all of the advantages of the Macintosh platform
while protecting their investment in DOS and Windows-based software."
Apple said it will charge less than $500 over the price of its low end
Quadra 610 for the new machine, meaning it will probably retail for under
$2,000. It also said it will sell a DOS Compatibility Card to upgrade the
Quadra 610 and Centris 610 for less than $500.
Officials with Apple did not say how soon it will begin selling the
** Megahertz Reaches Apple Deal **
Megahertz Corp. has reached a long-term agreement with Apple Computer
Inc. to market a Megahertz-produced PCMCIA modem with XJACK for use with
the Newton MessagePad.
The credit-card size modem slides into the Newton's PCMCIA slot and
consumes very little power. Megahertz says Apple will begin shipping the
Newton Fax Modem Card with XJACK later this month through its authorized
Newton distribution channels.
** Power PC Newsletter Debuts **
Macworld Communications Inc. has announced the launch of Power PC
World, a newsletter dedicated to Power PC computing.
The San Francisco-based company says the monthly standalone newsletter
is dedicated to providing IS managers and volume buyers of Macintosh
products detailed, up-to-date information, advice and guidance on Power
PC technology and the transition to RISC-based computing. Power PC is a
new computer platform based on the Power PC microprocessor jointly
developed by Apple Computer, IBM and Motorola.
"The Power PC microprocessor family offers the next big leap in
performance and will provide the basis for the popularization of exciting
new technologies and applications," said Adrian Mello, editor of Power PC
World, and editor-in- chief of Macworld magazine. "The transition to
Power PC is Apple's most important challenge since the introduction of
the Macintosh, 10 years ago."
The premiere issue's topics include: "Power PC -- The Future of the
Macintosh," "Navigating the Power PC Upgrade Path" and "Power PC
** Apple Computers Will Never Again be Priced Above Market **
Apple Computer Inc. chief executive officer Michael Spindler said the
firm will never again price its products above the market, although it
will maintain its role as a technology innovator.
Spindler said Apple will accelerate delivery of products across many
computing platforms, including Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating
But he said the key to Apple's strategy was to "aggressively" price
computers and software.
"We will not as an industry leader price technology too high -- ever
again," said Spindler.
» Compton's claim over multimedia «
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, U.S.A., 1993 NOV 17 (NB) -- Does anyone own
multimedia? Compton's New Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tribune
Publishing, claims it does and it has the patent to prove it.
According to the company, anyone selling information in a multimedia
format will need to pay license fees to Compton's no matter what the
device used to distribute multimedia. Company officials say interactive
television services like those announced by Time Warner and GTE,
graphical on-line services such as America Online and Prodigy, and
compact disc read-only memory (CD-ROM) title developers will all be
obligated to pay or face legal action.
The US Patent Number is 5,241,671 titled: "Multimedia Search System
Using A Plurality Of Entry Path Means Which Indicate Inter-relatedness
Of Information." The patent was issued on August 31, 1993, and describes
the technology as: "A database search system that retrieves multimedia
information in a flexible, user friendly system. The search system uses
a multimedia database consisting of text, picture, audio, and animated
data. That database is searched through multiple graphical and textual
Compton's was purchased by Tribune around the time the patent was
issued. When asked why wait so long to make the patent announcement,
Norm Bastine, executive vice president and general manager of Compton's
said the company wanted to complete the sale first.
Tribune Publishing describes itself as an information and entertainment
company with six daily newspapers, seven television, and six radio
stations, as well as offering syndicated information and programming to
avariety of print, electronic, and broadcast media.
The announcement has angered a variety of multimedia developers, some
of whom claim they developed the same technology before Compton's
development of its multimedia encyclopedia, on which the patent is
based. Brower Murphy of The Library Corporation in Inwood, West
Virginia, claims he was using similar technology in 1984.
Bastine says Compton's should be compensated for its "pioneering work"
which it submitted for patent in the mid- 1980's and was granted patent
pending status in 1989.
Four ways were enumerated for the licensing: one percent of the net
profits, rising to three percent for those who do not comply by June 30,
1994; a strategic licensing agreement; distribution of multimedia
information which it will buy for resale at a 65 percent discount; or
purchase of a Compton's tool set for title development with accompanying
run-time fees for distribution.
The preceding story is © 1993 by Newsbytes.
Reprinted with permission.