Techwatch: Apr. 7, 1997


For a small clique of siliconaires--Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Steve Jobs of Pixar--the question is: Why Bill Gates? Slightly more than a decade ago, the four geek tycoons were stumbling around an industry not much larger than their pocket protectors. But Gates graduated into the history books, while the other three seem headed for footnote status. It's not a role they cherish.

Now they are stalking Apple Computer. The attraction: Apple's interface, which promises to open the Net to millions of surfers. McNealy flirted with buying Apple last spring; Jobs recently rejoined...

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