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BW: Larry Ellison's Internet Appliance Now for Sale to Consumers Nationwide - With Free Net Access

Jul 10, 2000, 22:08 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Today, Oracle Corporation Chairman Larry Ellison and the NIC Company CEO Gina Smith unveiled their new online store to sell the NIC, a $199 Internet appliance, to consumers nationwide. The NIC includes NetZero (NASDAQ: NZRO), a leading provider of free Internet access with more than 4 million registered users."

"We're the only Internet Appliance that doesn't tie you down to a single ISP," adds NIC CEO Smith. "You can sign with NetZero for free Internet access, or use an account you already have with other popular ISPs such as AT&T Worldnet, Mindspring, and Earthlink. No other Internet appliance offers this kind of choice." The NIC Company also announced today that the NIC will operate with a full-range of popular plug-ins, allowing users to view websites featuring Real Player, Java, Flash and Shockwave."

"The NIC is also ultimately reliable," adds Smith. "Because it doesn't require a hard disk, NIC users are immune to costly configuration foul-ups and viruses. And because the NIC's Linux operating system is stored safely on a CD, operating system upgrades are simply a matter of sliding in a new disk."

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