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IBM jumps in, from content to commerce

IBM is diving head-first into the Internet fray with a series of announcements from content to commerce.

IBM is busy in San Jose this week, diving head-first into the Internet fray with a series of announcements from content to commerce.

Big Blue announced the commercial availability of its custom news delivery service called InfoSage. The service delivers news twice a day to a customer's email address or personal Web page, pulling headlines from more than 2,200 publications for $24.95 per month. The service also includes an archive search and a stock tracker.

At the same time, IBM is getting involved in electronic commerce. The company has already signed up L.L. Bean as the first retailer to set up an electronic catalog on its Net.Commerce system to help businesses create secure sites on the Internet.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games has been ofering Olympic tickets over the Internet with Net.Commerce since March 10 and has sold 32,000 tickets so far, according to IBM.

Other IBM announcements included:
--the release of a beta version of the Internet Connection Phone telephony software that allows Internet voice communications via an existing Internet access connection.
--delivery of the Lotus Notes: Newsstand on the Web.
--a demonstration of an early version of the Secure payment system, which IBM has been developing with MasterCard and Visa to implement the Secure Electronic Transactions (SET) protocol.
--the demonstration of Java versions of several IBM development tools, including VisualAge for Smalltalk and C++.