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What the AT&T-BT alliance could mean for the NetThe announcement that AT&T and British Telecom are forming an international venture with 5000 employees and a potential revenue stream of $US10 billion a year has turned heads in the Internet community. The companies boast of plans for a "reach anyone anywhere" system, and multinational companies looking to link their overseas offices with data and voice services could gain much from this as-yet-unnamed international carrier.

Industry rumours whisper Intel division sell-offIntel is believed to be breaking up its LANDesk server management product and farming its development out to partners. According to sources, the company is breaking the product up and offering it free to its partners to develop. It is believed changes in the PC-LAN management market are behind the decision. An earlier rumour had IBM subsidiary Tivoli Systems buying the LANDesk product outright. Tivoli and Computer Associates International dominate the high end of the systems management software market.

Microsoft slams Novell's double standardsIn its Sept 8 antitrust case, Microsoft will argue that including support for Internet standards in Windows 95 and Windows 98 is not a predatory attempt to destroy Netscape Communications. Additionally, Microsoft claims Novell has "deliberately tried to stymie" Microsoft's efforts to gather evidence for its defence. Microsoft is seeking documents related to, among other things, the inclusion of Internet standards and Web browsing functionality in Novell's NetWare operating system, and information about any restrictions Novell places on how a person other than the end user can modify its OS.

SGI posts loss

Silicon Graphics ended fiscal year 1998 with its fourth consecutive quarterly loss, but predicted it will do better next year thanks in part to the forthcoming release of its first Windows NT-based workstation. SGI posted a net loss for the quarter, ended June 30, of $US220 million compared to earnings of $102 million a year ago.

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