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Craig Barrett, Intel's CEO, said today that the way to sell PCs in the future was across the Web. That is likely to antagonise major vendors, including IBM and Compaq, which still maintain they have a channel strategy. Bennett said that in ten years' time e-commerce was likely to be worth trillions of dollars and that the way to achieve sales was through using e-commerce. He said retail prices of PCs in the UK were "a bit higher" than they should be. "You ought to be buying your PCs using e-commerce," he said. "That will erase competition". One of the necessities for e-commerce was sound encryption methods, said Barrett. He hit out at both the US government and the French government. The former, he said, had resisted attempts to allow the export of 128-bit encryption, which was necessary for Intel and other companies to do business. France, he said, had banned all encryption altogether which meant that it was the only country out of 127 others in which Intel could not do business. ®

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