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CNET News.com: Prodigy to sell Ellison's Net appliance

Nov 02, 2001, 15:06 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Fried)
"Internet service provider Prodigy Communications plans to start selling a $199 Web-surfing appliance from the New Internet Computer Co., according to a source familiar with the deal.

Under the terms of the deal, expected to be announced in coming days, Prodigy will sell the Linux-based Web device, known as NIC, offering those who buy the device three months of Internet service for the price of one. Prodigy is in the process of being acquired by telephone company SBC Communications.

The 20-person NIC Co., which is majority owned by Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison, projects profitability by next month, in part because it has so few employees and spends little marketing its devices to consumers. The company has focused on deals with institutions such as hotel chains."

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