FreeMac Inc. of Santa Monica, Calif., said it plans to give away as many as 1-million of Apple Computer Inc.'s colorful iMac home personal computers. In exchange for the bubble-shaped computer, consumers must sign up for 3 years of Internet service with Earthlink Network Inc. at $19.95 a month. They also have to submit a demographic profile so advertisements can be targeted to them and will get a First USA-FreeMac branded credit card. "We want the cool factor of the iMac to transfer over to the community," said Jonathan Strum, who founded FreeMac about two months ago. Consumers who want one of the first 10,000 free machines, to be distributed in October and November, can register their e-mail address at www.freemac.com. Apple is not involved in the program.
Sun Microsystems to unveil Java microprocessor
Sun Microsystems of Palo Alto, Calif., is designing a new computer chip geared toward its Java programming language, setting up a possible face-off with Intel. The MAJC _ pronounced "magic" _ semiconductor is "intended for the rapidly emerging market of applications that blend communications, exciting visual images, sound and compute functionality," according to Sun. The chips are expected to compete with the market-dominating Pentiums and other microprocessors made by Intel. Sun has challenged Microsoft's dominance of computer software with the Java programming language. Sun plans to unveil the chip in October. _ Compiled from Times wires.