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PlanetWeb, Concentric in "Default" Deal

PlanetWeb, Inc. and Concentric Network Corp. today announced a new partnership that makes Concentric the default ISP on future Internet appliance platforms featuring the PlanetWeb Browser.

PlanetWeb's Browser is currently shipped with the Sega Saturn Net Link, 8x8, Inc.'s ViaTV Videophone, and Zilog, Inc.'s Internet TV Appliance. Plans call for it to be bundled with Mitsui Comtek Corp.'s Internet screen telephone, which is scheduled for a summer release.

"We are pleased to be included as part of PlanetWeb's solution for easy Internet access without the frustration of a PC," said Mark Fisher, vice president of corporate marketing at Concentric. We are optimistic about this market segment and have chosen a solid company with a proven technology to match our own."

Cupertino, CA-based Internet service provider Concentric provides connectivity and hosting products for both the consumer and business markets.

PlanetWeb in Mountain View, CA is a software developer that incorporates Internet applications into consumer electronic devices. Products include content provider solutions and the PlanetWeb browser which features e-mail and chat tools, as well as a filtering system for parents.