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TECHNOLOGY

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Next Computer to Go Public: Next Computer Inc. founder Steven P. Jobs said he plans to take the 6-year-old company public sometime within the next 18 months. Jobs, who also co-founded Apple Computer, said Next should have about $60 million in sales in the fourth quarter, but he would not disclose profit levels. Jobs also indicated that Next will soon make its widely praised software operating system available for high-powered personal computers, an important strategic shift that could broaden the base of Next customers but might hurt the sales of Next’s own desktop computers.


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