COMPUTERS: Ganging Up On Snow White

With whimsical bitterness, European computer makers sometimes call themselves "the Seven Dwarfs." In their real-life grim fairy tale, Snow White is played by IBM, and the handsome prince she runs off with is some 60% of the multibillion-dollar European computer market. Hoping to break up the romance, the European Common Market Commission is readying a major proposal for the so-called dwarfs* to gang up on Snow White.

Though the report may not be out for a while, European computer firms are already forming alliances and are cutting into IBM's share of the...

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