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From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endtech.com)
Date: Tue Mar 14 2000 - 13:45:12 PST

MS decides to go with RealNames, grabs a 20% chunk[1]. Look out though,
Netword LLC, despite the orignal URN proposal being published in the
public domain in 1994, claims that they have a patent on the concept.[2][3]

It'll be interesting to see if Netword becomes interested in enforcing its
patent now that RealNames has the deep pockets of MSFT, the company everyone
loves to beat the crap out of. I have no doubt this is where it's heading. (Sorry


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              MS, RealNames to eliminate URL, AOL keywords[3]
              from user experience: Microsoft Chief Executive Officer
              Steve Ballmer will today announce that the company has
              acquired a 20 percent stake in software developer
              RealNames. RealNames markets technology similar to
              AOL's proprietary, closed keyword system that substitutes
              short "keywords" for formal "www" addresses on browsers,
              aiding users in their quest to move directly to sections of
              corporate Web pages by entering the names of specific
              products -- "Windows 2000" or "Steve Ballmer," for
              example. The announcement comes just a month after
              RealNames revealed that its customer database had been
              penetrated, and that user credit card numbers and passwords
              may have been accessed.

[1] http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-1571335.html?tag=st.ne.1002.tgif?st.ne.fd.gif.d
[2] http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,13039,00.html
[3] http://www.patents.ibm.com/details?patent_number=5764906
[4] http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,13039,00.html

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