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Blackouts Slow Utility Company Web Site

Amid rolling blackouts in California last week, users trying to reach the Web site of San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) for updates had to use more electricity waiting for the page to download, as response times rose more than 150% on Jan. 17. At its nadir, PG&E's home page took more than 21 seconds to load, according to Keynote Systems Inc. in San Mateo, Calif., which measures Web site performance.

America Online Grabs WAP Microbrowser

America Online Inc. said last week that it will develop and market a Netscape Communications Corp.-branded microbrowser based on the source code of the Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) microbrowser from Espoo, Finland-based Nokia Corp. Dulles, Va.-based AOL's version of the WAP browser will support the company's AOL Anywhere strategy of making content available on a range of devices in addition to PCs.

J.P. Morgan Goes Virtual for Payments

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said last week that it will roll out its electronic invoice presentment and payment system to more than 1,000 of its commercial banking clients by July. The New York-based company piloted the system with a handful of Fortune 500 wholesale banking clients.

Sun Says Cobalt RaQ To Complement Netra

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced plans for its new Linux-based Cobalt RaQ 4 server to complement its low-end Netra line, which uses Sun's Solaris operating system. The company said it expects its new Internet appliance, which includes Linux 2.2 and Apache and uses an Intel Corp. processor, to ship early next month at a starting price of $1,299. Sun also introduced a new Netra server with a starting price of less than $1,000.

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