INTERNET'S 'FATHER' COUNSELS PATIENCE WITH PROJECTS

NEW YORK -- Disappointment likely awaits retailers expecting their Internet projects to turn a profit this year because fewer than 5% of users will make purchases over the network.But the volume of electronic commerce may explode in 1997 and 1998, and that's enough reason to gain experience now, said Vinton Cerf, who co-developed the Internet computer networking protocol."I don't think you should

NEW YORK -- Disappointment likely awaits retailers expecting their Internet projects to turn a profit this year because fewer than 5% of users will make purchases over the network.

But the volume of electronic commerce may explode in 1997 and 1998, and that's enough reason to gain experience now, said Vinton Cerf, who co-developed the Internet computer networking protocol.

"I don't think you should treat the Internet as a source of revenue, generating sales very much in 1996,"

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