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Company takes new name, delays computer

A Jacksonville Beach company that had planned to roll out a $299 computer last fall has a new name _ and a new timetable for releasing the system. Shareholders approved the name change, from Compu-Dawn Inc. to The GlobalPC now is expected in summer, according to Teddy Turner IV, chairman of the board. The machine will offer Internet services, word processing, database, graphics, personal finance and other applications ranging from games to greeting card designs. The device, which can be used with a TV set instead of a monitor, has a simplified operating system and is aimed at households without a computer and consumers who have been avoiding computers because they consider them too complex.

Sales of violent video games drop in 1999

LOS ANGELES _ Americans bought far fewer violent video games during 1999, but analysts said that may have more to do with the phenomenal popularity of Pokemon than concern over tragedies such as the Columbine High School massacre, Bloomberg News reported. Sales of video and computer games with "Mature" ratings for violence, language or sexual content fell from 2.6-million units in 1998 to 1.2-million in 1999, according to figures compiled by the NPD Group and released by the Interactive Digital Software Association.

Norwegian boy, father face charges over DVD decoding

OSLO, Norway _ A 16-year-old boy and his father face charges and a battle with the U.S. film industry after the boy helped develop a computer program for cracking DVD video security codes, then distributed it. Jon Johansen and his father, Per, were charged with copyright violations after police seized computers from their home and interrogated the boy last week. Norwegian news reports said they were the first in the world to face criminal charges in such a DVD case. The Hollywood, Calif.-based Motion Picture Association, an association of the seven largest U.S. movie studios, and the DVD Copyright Control Organization filed a police complaint against Johansen in January. The film industry groups also have filed a U.S. civil suit against 27 named and 72 unknown defendants for spreading software, called DeCSS, that allows users to unlock the security code on DVDs and copy movies to personal computers that don't have the DVD's decryption keys. A California court recently ordered Web site operators to stop disseminating the program.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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