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The U.S. relaxes controls on computer sales to the Soviets

George Bush returned from his first presidential trip to Eastern Europe last week eager to bring a little glasnost of his own to East-West relations. In that spirit, the Commerce Department announced a decision that cleared the way for the sale of a broad range of desktop computers to the Soviet Union and its allies. Under the plan, such companies as IBM and Apple Computer will be able to export machines ten times as powerful as older units that may now be shipped without special approval. But the sale of top-of-the-line models, notably the Macintosh II and IBM models equipped with...

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