AOL joins the rush to "push" services

Responding to the barrage of new Internet 'push' software, America Online has announced it will offer a service, called Driveway, that will deliver personalized news and information to users' desktops, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

Responding to the barrage of new Internet "push" software, America Online has announced it will offer a service, called Driveway, that will deliver personalized news and information to users' desktops, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

"Push" software publishes information directly to users' computers via the Internet based on preset preferences. Instead of processing requests for information on an individual basis, servers can send out information to hundreds or thousands of clients at once in a single transaction.

In the past, AOL users had to search out information themselves or sign up for a fee-based news clipping service. The new Driveway service, which is reportedly due out in early 1997, will enable users to perform other tasks while information from AOL and the World Wide Web is filtered and sent to them automatically. Users must first sign up for the service by selecting topic preferences.

Other companies developing push software and hardware include Netscape, Microsoft., Cisco, Netcom, Tibco and Sun Microsystems

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