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AT&T;, Novell Link To Offer Network Service: The venture will turn the telephone company into a giant computer network. The product, called AT&T; NetWare Connect Services, will let users sign onto the network using Novell's software and communicate across the phone lines. Computer users could send and receive data, faxes, electronic commerce and messages, and link their networks of computers to one another. In seeking the alliance with Novell, AT&T; realized it sits with a resource that's absolutely key to the networks that are popping up across industry, analysts said. The network was attractive because it could link so many businesses together, analysts also said, easing the electronic traffic that sometimes clogs fax machines or makes it difficult to send and receive data. Novell stock closed up 62.5 cents at $19 on the Nasdaq, while AT&T; ended up $1.375 at $52.625.

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