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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


?Netscape Communications Corp. and VeriFone Inc. said Monday they plan to develop a means to make electronic payments on the Internet more secure, enabling merchants, banks, credit card companies and consumers to expand the use of the network for electronic commerce.

Up until now, users of Internet-based services had concerns about the security of credit card numbers and banking transactions related to possible theft on the open computer network.

VeriFone processes about 75 percent of the credit card transactions in the United States and two-thirds in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The proposed software will bundle VeriFone's technology for processing credit card transactions with Netscape's software to view the Internet's World Wide Web, the graphical portion of the network. (Reuters)

?Microsoft Corp. has released beta versions of its Internet Explorer browser software for the Windows 3.1 and Apple Computer Inc. Macintosh operating systems.

Previously, the browser software had been available only for Microsoft's new Windows 95 operating system.

While the software is being given away free over the Internet, Microsoft is hoping to win customers from Netscape Communications Corp., which dominates the market with its popular Navigator software.

Microsoft said final release versions of Explorer for Windows 3.1 and Macintosh would be available in the first quarter. Microsoft also plans to release a beta version of the software for its Windows NT operating system this quarter. (Reuters)

?On the Internet, the French are finding ways to sneak around a government ban on a new book that reveals that Fran?ois Mitterrand lied about his health during his entire presidency.

Pascal Barbraud, manager of Le Web, a cybercafe for computer enthusiasts in the eastern town of Besancon, transcribed all 190 pages of "Le Grand Secret'' into his Internet site. ()