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NY Times: Netscape Applies Open Source Idea to Custom Page Service

“Netscape is expected to unveil on Monday a radical
restructuring of its personalized My Netscape service that will
open it up to content from most corners of the Web.”

“My Netscape, a free service that is supported by advertising,
allows users to set up a customized page of news and data. Until
now, only content from Netscape or its partners was available.
Essentially, Netscape will now invite almost any Web site to be its
partner and offer content to users of the service.

“The move is another advance in the intense competition between
Web portals…”

“Dave Whitinger, technical editor of the Web site LinuxToday,
says his site is working hard to be one of the first to
participate. He said his readers will be interested in the service.
“They’ll have all of their headlines there without having to go
across fifteen different sites,” he said.”

“My Netscape users customize their pages by adding different
“channels,” small boxes that include bits of information from a
single content provider. News sites may roll together the top
headlines of the day into a channel…”


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