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CNET News.com: AltaVista launches beta site for revamped portal

Oct 22, 1999, 21:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Hu)

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"The beta site shows that the new AltaVista is using Netscape Open Directory, a directory of Web sites compiled by volunteer editors. The idea is to create a Web directory larger than Yahoo's by using volunteer editors instead of a paid staff. To generate more momentum for the service, Netscape has allowed other sites to use Open Directory, including rival portal Lycos and America Online's AOL Search engine..."

"Open Directory was created after Netscape acquired NewHoo a year ago. NewHoo was based on the same ideas that created Linux and Apache, two grassroots open-source software movements."

"Since the acquisition, Open Directory has solicited numerous volunteers. As of early October, it lists 16,000 editors that have built a directory of more than 1 million Web sites, according to Netscape."

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