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NEWS IN BRIEF

Playboy Enterprises Inc, Chicago says it plans to set up a World Wide Web site where subscribers have to pay for access; its current Web site is funded by advertisers.

The US and Japanese negotiating teams in Vancouver trying to come up with a new semiconductor trade agreement worked on through the deadline, but a US official said yesterday that a deal between the two was still not within reach.

Digital Equipment Corp is declining to comment on talk that it has been negotiating with both Samsung Electronics Co and Compaq Computer Corp for one or other to supply it with personal computers: a Samsung deal would have them dancing in the dusty streets of Irvine, where affiliate AST Research Inc lives.

Bill Gates ended up having to give his address at Microsoft Corp’s annual analysts’ meeting on board a conveniently-moored aircraft carrier on the Seattle waterfront after a suspicious package that turned out to be a duffel bag containing only food and cans of soft drinks – but it did mean that the company’s chairman got to give his address surrounded by warplanes and standing before an American flag.

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Canon Inc has now confirmed that it owns 98% of Firepower Systems Inc, and says it is selling it to Motorola Inc because the PowerPC business isn’t advancing as it wished.


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