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NY Times: Philips and Sony Set a Venture With Sun Microsystem

The agreement will pit Sun’s Jini against Microsoft in a
standards war for the home networking market.

“The world’s two largest consumer electronics companies will
announce an alliance with Sun Microsystems Inc. to create a
generation of networked entertainment devices and appliances that
will communicate with each other and with humans via the
Internet.”

“Royal Philips Electronics N.V., the Sony Corporation and Sun
will announce plans to link two developing software standards to
forge a global computer network that stretches from the living room
to the corporate computing center. Virtually any kind of electronic
device built with the combined standards, including televisions,
stereo receivers and videocassette recorders, will interoperate
with and be controlled by the network.”


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