NO SURPRISE THAT IBM AND Apple Computer announced on Nov. 17 plans to scrap their Kaleida Labs software joint venture. Almost from the start, engineers had haggled over job responsibilities, and board members were distracted by more important jobs. Conceived in 1991 as part of a grand alliance meant to put giant Microsoft in its place, the venture gained only a handful of customers for its Script-X multimedia programming language. The real shocker: Taligent, another failing IBM-Apple joint venture, also wasn't dropped.

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