Yahoo Searching Subscription Sites

Yahoo said it is starting a service that searches subscriber-only Web sites once off-limits to search programs.

The beta Yahoo Search Subscriptions service will allow users to rummage through content from sites that are normally reserved for paying subscribers, including, the Wall Street Journal Online, and others, though Yahoo said users still have to subscribe to the sites if they want to view content.

The company said content will be added in the coming weeks from Factiva, LexisNexis AlaCarte, Thomson Gale and other services.

EBay, Trade Site Join in China Venture

Global Sources, which runs an import-export Web site, said it and eBay Inc. would create an online distribution service specifically for manufacturers in China.

Global Sources said the deal will enable its clients to sell merchandise through eBay's EachNet Web site in China and will give certain high-volume eBay sellers direct access to more suppliers.


Company Adds Data Encryption

Network Appliance of Sunnyvale, Calif., the world's largest maker of computer network storage systems, agreed to buy Decru of Redwood, Calif., for $272 million to add equipment that protects data from being read by unauthorized people.

IDT to Buy Rival Chipmaker

Integrated Device Technology has agreed to buy Integrated Circuit Systems in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.7 billion.

The agreement would form a company that supplies relatively obscure but essential chips to makers of communications equipment, computers and other electronic devices.

The merger is expected to close in the fall, after shareholder and regulatory approval. The combined company would retain IDT's name.


Adobe Reports Rise in Profit

Adobe Systems, the world's biggest maker of graphic-design programs, said second-quarter profit was $149.8 million, up 37 percent from the comparable quarter last year. Sales rose 21 percent, to $496 million, in the quarter ended June 3.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.