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Here comes Windows on your cable box: Seeking to extend its Internet reach, Microsoft invested $1 billion in cable giant Comcast. -- Gateway continues to make its way up the enterprise. The direct-sales giant acquired Advanced Logic Research, gaining an immediate foothold in the NT server hardware market. Earlier this year, ALR released the first six-way NT server. -- Similarly, Compaq acquired Tandem Computers. The PC maker plans to leverage Tandem's extensive enterprise hardware, including Himalaya (a family of massively parallel systems) and ServerNet, a high-speed interconnect that clusters multiple NT servers into a single, virtual server. -- Adaptec has upped the ante on CD-ROM drives. Barely a couple of months after some vendors released 24-speed models, this company is readying a 50X CD-ROM controller. -- Sprynet released a Windows CE version of its Internet connection software. It lets users create an account, automatically configure mail preferences and open Pocket Internet Explorer from one control panel. -- Netscape launched an ambitious plan to use JavaBeans-a new Internet software object-model and scripting language-at the core of Netscape One. This set of software tools and technologies allows developers to quickly build applications designed for the Internet that can run on disparate technology. The new applications class is dubbed Crossware.