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Compaq abandons Alpha chip

HOUSTON (AP) -- Boosting Intel Corp.'s fortunes, Compaq Computer Corp. will shift all its high-end server production to that company's Itanium microprocessors and abandon its own Alpha chip by 2004.

Compaq acquired the Alpha chip technology through its 1998 purchase of Digital Equipment.

Compaq said it will sell off Alpha tools and equipment to Intel, as well as license the Alpha technology to the computer chip giant, the companies said in a statement Monday. Over the next couple of years, several hundred Compaq employees will be offered employment with Intel.

The move comes as Compaq struggles to regain its financial footing amid a brutal computer price war with other PC makers, including Dell Computer Corp.

< Mobile phone overtakes PC

TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- The mobile phone has overtaken the personal computer as the most popular way to access Internet services in Japan, an industry group said.

An Internet White Book survey published by Impress Corp. shows the number of Japanese Internet users totaled 32.64 million by February, up from 19.37 million a year ago. Mirroring the growing proliferation of Internet-enabled cellular phones in the world's second-largest economy, 61 percent of households have net access through their cell phones versus 59.1 percent via PCs.

Led by NTT DoCoMo, Japan's cellular operators have successfully encouraged users to upgrade to handsets that lets them send e-mail and access specially modified Web sites. DoCoMo, the world's largest mobile phone company, has attracted more than 24 million subscribers to its i-mode mobile Internet service.

ListBot will be shut down

SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will shut down the free e-mail newsletter service ListBot as it pushes to attract users to its paid service.

In an e-mail sent to users Thursday evening, the Redmond-based software giant, which bought ListBot as part of its a larger acquisition in 1998, said the service would be shut down in August.

Microsoft's List Builder will be offered those users for $149 a year -- standard fee for the service launched in February.

The popular ListBot service, funded in part by advertisements, has between 90,000 and 100,000 customers.

Spanish Net portal purchased

SEATTLE (AP) -- In an effort to attract more U.S. Hispanic users, a joint Internet services venture between Microsoft Corp. and the Mexican telephone company Telmex plans to acquire Spanish language Internet portal Yupi Internet.

Financial details of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed.

The move is part of Microsoft's efforts to gain a bigger foothold in the U.S. Hispanic market, one of the fastest growing consumer markets, Microsoft vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a conference call to reporters.

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