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March 28, 1996

NEWS IN BRIEF

By CBR Staff Writer

Inference Corp is trumpeting the fact that six help desk software vendors are embedding its CBR2 problem resolution products into their products. They are: Bendata Inc, McAfee Associates Inc, Scopus Technology Inc, Utopia Partners Inc, Vantive Corp and Workgroup Systems Inc.

Digital Equipment Corp’s AltaVista net search engine is supposedly clocking over 5m accesses per day. The software and database run on two AlphaServer 8400s.

Samsung North America Inc announced yesterday that its Samsung Electronics unit will break ground today for its $1,300m semiconductor fabrication facility in Austin.

The Bachman Information Systems Inc and Cadre Technologies Inc names will both disappear when the two firms are merged next month. The Burlington, Massachusetts company will become Cayenne Software Inc.

People are muttering about a distinct climate of paranoia over at Digital Equipment Corp, where executives are having to sign weighty non-disclosure agreements before they go into company meetings. The deepening woes in the personal computer business that are now casting a pall over the the whole company make DEC’s recovery appear to be a very fragile affair indeed.

Maxis Inc, Walnut Creek, California has definitive agreement to buy Austin, Texas-based developer of action and arcade software Cinematronics LLC, on undisclosed terms.

Texas Instruments Inc has launched WebCenter, a version of the company’s Composer application development environment that enables distributed applications to be created for and deployed over the Internet.

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Omaha, Nebraska-based Applied Communications Inc has signed with the US arm of Mondex Ltd to share and co-develop Smart Card payment technology. Applied is a subsidiary of Transaction Systems Architects Inc.

IBM Corp says it has been trying to get some idea of how many real Unix sites there are with over 1,000 users on the system. It says it has been able to find only five so far.

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