Compaq acquires 'AltaVista'

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Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, bought rights to the AltaVista trademark and the www.altavista.com domain from AltaVista Technology, Campbell, Calif., clearing the way for Compaq to use that domain for its AltaVista search site. The search engine, acquired in Compaq's purchase of Digital Equipment Corp., had been forced to use a more awkward Web address since the other company had secured rights to the preferred domain name.

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