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A BE IN APPLE'S BONNET?

TO BE OR NOT TO BE? THAT IS the question vexing Apple Computer these days. For months, the company has been considering buying tiny Be Inc. and adapting that company's computer operating system to Macintosh computers. But Apple insiders and others now say it is likelier that Apple will cut a deal with Steven Jobs, who co-founded Apple and is now CEO of NeXT Software. NeXT's NextStep operating system has at least been tested with customers and is priced right. A source close to Be says it is holding out for a 10% stake in Apple, worth roughly $285 million, but Jobs would accept much less. Meanwhile, Sun Microsystems is also bidding to do the job.

EDITED BY THANE PETERSON


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