The "Big" Question

Three E-postage rivals stamp their feet over who's the real underdog

Is Goliath trying to stamp out David again? And who gets to play the role of David? The question arises as a pair of Internet startups race to enter the online-postage business. They complain that industry giant Pitney Bowes Inc. is trying to use its formidable legal muscle to squash their new ventures by claiming their intellectual property as its own. Nonsense, says Pitney, adding that the upstarts are actually fronting for a crowd of giant competitors.

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