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At the same lunch, Allen really put the cat among the pigeons by saying that as part of the general review of the alliance between AT&T and Ing C Olivetti & Co, AT&T might not buy all its personal computers from Olivetti in future – causing AT&T to rush out a statement late yesterday saying that it had no plans to reduce its purchases of personal computers from Olivetti. AT&T added that it was reassessing its partnership with Olivetti. Allen had said that when when AT&T picked a supplier for personal computers, it may not turn out to be Olivetti. Equally, it was implied, AT&T might try to find other European outlets for its 3B Unix CPUs, and Olivetti might stop selling them.

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