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Psion pulls Bluetooth

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London--Psion plc said Wednesday that it will pull its short-range radio technology-dubbed "Bluetooth"-designed to make short-term connections among notebook computers, mobile phones and other devices. The company said there are still kinks in the consumer technology, and that the computer industry slump has prompted it to cancel the launch that had been scheduled later this year. Psion will shift its focus to wireless industrial applications and enterprise software. The move is significant because Bluetooth was heralded as the next major advance in distributed computing, and such corporate partners as 3Com Corp., Ericcson, IBM Corp., Lucent Technologies Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Motorola were contributing to the Bluetooth project.
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