Avnet hot to acquire in Australia and Europe

Meanwhile Eckhard Pfeiffer's security gets dead tight

Giant company Avnet is embarking on an aggressive takeover campaign, The Register has learned. The company already has a presence in the Americas, Europe, Asia and South Africa but not Australia. We understand it is shortly to make an acquisition there. It also plans further takeovers in the European zone. This week, Compaq restructured its Ts&Cs in the US and throughout Europe, as already reported here. Avnet was a winner in the scheme, being a Tier One Compaq distributor. Meanwhile, further details have leaked about Compaq's strategy to weld together the Digital and Tandem operations worldwide. The source said Compaq is now classifying its internal documents as either COMPAQ CONFIDENTIAL or COMPAQ SECRET. Former employees of Digital are now avoiding the Compaq firewall and sending messages to each other using external ISPs, because security is tight at Pfeiffer's firm. And, the source added, Compaq is also denying some of its employees access to competitors' Websites. She said: "Eckhard is worried that his charges might discover there is freedom outside if the Silicon Curtain. If a Compaq employee cannot browse Sun's site, how can he or she keep abreast of competitive development?" ®

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