Briefs: PaineWebber Tests Cisco IP Product

FRAMINGHAM (06/23/2000) - Mark Katz, vice president of engineering at brokerage company PaineWebber Inc. in New York, said this week that his firm is now testing the viability of Hoot and Holler over IP, a technology from Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose. The move could save PaineWebber money in dedicated-voice phone-line costs by moving voice traffic from circuit-switched leased lines to the company's existing IP data network.

Internet On Call as Free Access Beckons

Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Hewlett-Packard Co. have teamed up with Westlake Village, California-based NetZero Inc. to provide free Internet access and computer discounts to health care providers, including physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, as well as all medical students in the U.S. The companies will also offer these services to Aetna employees.

British Telecom Claims Hyperlink Patent

British Telecommunications PLC has claimed that it created hyperlink technology, a basic building block of the Web. The London-based phone company said last week that during a routine review of its patents three years ago, it discovered that it owned a U.S. patent covering hyperlink technology. The firm said it will pursue licensing fees for its technology and U.S. Internet service providers will be its first targets.

Short Takes Inc. last week warned that its second-quarter revenue will be about $9 million, less than the $11 million-plus that financial analysts originally expected for the online drugstore.... Lucent Technologies Inc. in Murray Hill, New Jersey, will introduce a new fraud-detection software suite this week. It's designed for use by telecommunications service providers to prevent the unauthorized use of public phone systems by recognizing differences in phone usage patterns.

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