Star Wars of a Different Kind

Ibm and At&T Get Ready for the Battle of the 21st Century

Luke Skywalker would be dazzled. Darth Vader would be downright intimidated. Right here on earth, and not in any distant galaxy, a new kind of war is escalating between technological stars IBM and AT&T. By the end of the century, the way that Americans get all sorts of information, from television programs to bank-account balances, could be changed. Between them, IBM and AT&T dominate the U.S. computer and telecommunications industries. Both have long itched to invade each other's markets, but not until now have they faced off with arsenals so fully loaded.

To Americans already baffled by their complex new phone...

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