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Internet population jumps past 50 million usersBOSTON - As of last month, the number of people using the Internet passed 50 million, according to IDC.

There were 53.3 million worldwide users on the Internet in September and 44.2 million of those users also used the World Wide Web, according to IDC. The non-Web Internet users are mostly using e-mail.

The Internet is expected to reach 60 million users and the Web will reach 50 million users by the end of this year, a jump of 26 million Internet users and 22.4 million Web users.

IDC also expects 30 per cent of PCs and NCs worldwide to be connected to the Internet by year's end.

IDC expects purchases via the Web to surpass $US10 billion, with two-thirds coming from business-to-business transactions. The Web itself has grown from 72 million pages last December to 200 million pages in September.

Motorola posts profitable third quarter

SAN FRANCISCO - Motorola Incorporated posted healthy third-quarter results with sales totalling $US7.4 billion, a 13 per cent increase from the previous $US6.5 billion a year earlier. Quarterly earnings reached $US266 million, an increase from $US206 million for the same period last year. Third quarter financial results take into consideration a $US95 million special pre-tax charge due to its departure from the MacOS-compatible computer systems business.

Silicon Graphics expects Q1 loss

SAN FRANCISCO - Silicon Graphics expects to report lower-than- anticipated results for its first quarter ended September 30, company officials announced. The company foresees quarterly revenues of approximately $US760 million, whereas revenues reached $US765 million during the same period last year.

Although the company previously reported a highly profitable quarter for the period ending June 30, with revenues totalling $US1.2 billion, declining US server-based sales were cited as the primary cause of reduced revenue for the most recent quarter.

Fujitsu aims for '97 global server releaseTOKYO - Fujitsu is readying a new line of PC servers which it hopes to launch worldwide by the end of this year. A Fujitsu official would not give details of the plan, but said the Tokyo-based company would like to unify its server product line worldwide in much the same way as it has already done with its notebook PCs. With the exception of the Japanese market, Fujitsu sells basically the same notebooks to all markets worldwide under its LifeBook brand name. Although Fujitsu officials said they may use a uniform brand name for the new servers, the company may well sell servers in the US under the logo of Amdahl, a Fujitsu subsidiary there.

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