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AT&T to Close Cambridge Research Center

John Naughton reported in Sunday's Guardian that AT&T is planning to shutdown its laboratory in Cambridge, England rather than sell it to Intel, who was ready to buy it. According to the article, "Although nobody in AT&T will talk openly about it, the word on the street is that negotiations foundered because the lawyers on both sides couldn't agree about intellectual property issues."

The article goes on to point out the achievements that AT&T Laboratories Cambridge made in its relatively short life. The author considers the Broadband Phone the lab's greatest achievement. But, the most widely used product of the lab by far is VNC (Virtual Network Computing), a remote display system that works with UNIX and Windows.

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