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TBTF for 1995-04-17: Internet security standard; Web payment systems

Keith Dawson (dawson@atria.com)
Mon, 17 Apr 1995 13:11:13 -0400

>>From Meta Fax:

Last week, Terisa Systems staged a major coup by becoming the
unifying standard for Internet security. Terisa's SecureWeb toolkit
will incorporate Netscape's Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Enterprise
Integration Technologies' Secure HTTP, and use RSA's public key
cryptography. America Online, Prodigy, CompuServe, and IBM announced
SecureWeb support, which will help legitimize Internet commerce. The
toolkit, expected in June, will likely be delayed a few months, with
some products emerging by 4Q95. However, we expect corporate
confidence levels will require at least 12 more months before major
applications are pushed across the Net. Bottom Line: The agreement on
a security standard for Internet commerce is a critical step in
ensuring commercially viable Internet transactions.

[Right place, right time. I'd love to have been a zero-stage investor
in Terisa...]

>>From Edupage:

Go to <http://www-survey.cc.gatech.edu/cgi-bin/Entry> to particpate in an
ongoing survey on user attitudes towards various payment systems for making
purchases through the Web.

[This is a fine example of how to do surveying via the Web. Check out their
approach to anonymity; also how they handle sensitive questions.]

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has publicly acknowledged that it had considered
buying Apple Computer, but was unable to talk his partners into going
through with the deal. "We couldn't buy Apple independently, obviously.
We talked to other people about splitting up Apple into a software division
and a hardware division." Analysts suspect the unnamed partners were
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Philips Electronics NV. Oracle now
is pursuing software partnerships with Apple, says Ellison. (Investor's
Business Daily 1995-04-12 A16)

["I liked the company so much I dismembered it..."]

Keith Dawson dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com dawson@atria.com
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