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April 10, 1996


By CBR Staff Writer

General Magic Inc has had to disclose that Sony Corp has suspended plans to make another hand-held computer based on the company’s Magic Cap operating system and that AT&T Corp may kill off its PersonaLink on-line service, which uses the company’s Telescript agent software, which requires Magic Cap. The company is optimistic however about prospects for refocusing its products towards the Internet, and analysts told the Wall Street Journal that Telescript could work well with Sun Microsystems Inc’s Java programming language for the Web. Eric Schmidt, Sun’s chief technology officer, who was briefed on General Magic’s plans said users could dispatch Telescript agents to fetch data, while Java could act as a gateway between the personal computer and the outside world.

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