TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Union Continues Talks With Qwest

Qwest Communications and union representatives headed back to the bargaining table after a day in which little progress was reported in reaching a new contract for nearly 25,000 employees. The Communications Workers of America had characterized the talks as "stalled" earlier in the day after a weekend of intense negotiations.

The union's contract with Qwest expired at midnight Saturday, but the two sides agreed to continue to talk. The union's executive board has authorized the president to set a strike date if merited.

INTERNET

FCC's 911 Call Deadline Challenged

Internet phone provider Nuvio is challenging new Federal Communication Commission rules requiring the company to ensure reliable 911 emergency call service by Nov. 28. Nuvio, which has about 10,000 subscribers, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hear the case and rule by Nov. 7.

IBM, Mozilla Work on Browser for Disabled

International Business Machines said it is contributing software to the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox Internet browser to make it easier for people with disabilities to access and navigate the Web. The code will make it possible for Web pages to be automatically narrated or magnified and for users to navigate pages using keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, IBM said.

The software will also let Firefox and Web site operators such as Yahoo tailor products for people with disabilities.

Gateway reported its first profit in 14 quarters, earning $17.2 million, compared with a $338.6 million loss in the comparable quarter a year earlier, as its personal computer sales climbed 27 percent year-to-year. The company said second-quarter revenue rose 4.2 percent, to $873.1 million.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.