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Apple Computer Inc announced yesterday that it has acquired its Cupertino neighbour Network Innovations Corp, which markets linking software products for distributed computing. Financial terms were not disclosed. Apple said that the two companies plan to promote Network’s CL/1 language as a new industry standard across all major computing environments. CL/1 is an SQL-based language for building desktop-to-host applications and is designed to operate over AppleTalk, DECnet, OSI, SNA 3270 and Apple’s APPC/LU6.2, linking desktop computer applications to data in incompatible minicomputer and mainframe systems. The first CL/1 connection, Mac-to-VAX, provides transparent access from within programs on the Mac to databases, files and applications running on a DEC VAX mini. Similar products to link the Mac to IBM mainframe databases are planned and Network Innovations will develop and market CL/1 toolkits to support MS-DOS and OS/2 micros. Network Innovations also markets Multiplex and Multiplex/XL (CI No 751). Mul tiplex enables MS-DOS PC micros link applications directly with a variety of databases on depart mental minis and supermicros, while Multiplex/XL gives access to host databases from within MS-Windows. The privately-held firm, founded in 1984, will operate as a subsidiary.

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