BACKGROUND: Lycos has evolved with the Internet from a search engine to a portal to a new age comprehensive on-line service that can rival such on-line services as AOL. As a search engine, we catalog every page of the Internet using our automated spider technology. As a portal, we provide users with links to a wide range of sites. As a new age on-line service provider, we offer all the services, bells and whistles that users find at the established service providers. Today, Lycos' catalogs contain more than 55 million URLs. Our site, www.lycos.com, is visited by over 11 million users every day. We serve more than 100 million Internet requests for information each month, and we are experiencing an annual growth rate of 2000 percent. Users rely on us to steer them to exactly what they are looking for on the Internet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

PLATFORMS: Multiple Digital Alpha servers of varying sizes, from desktop to Alpha 8400 enterprise servers.

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