Netscape Inks Deals With CNET, Deja News

Netscape Communications
said today it signed agreements with technology information
provider CNET, Inc. and Internet discussion leader Deja News in an effort to further expand content on its Netcenter portal site.

Financial terms for both agreements were not disclosed.

Under the CNET agreement, Netscape will add CNET resources to Netscape’s
Computing & Internet channel, including content from NEWS.COM;
product reviews from COMPUTERS.COM; software downloads from DOWNLOAD.COM;
game downloads from GAMECENTER.COM; and news and reviews from BUILDER.COM.
The companies plan to co-brand these areas.

Deja News also announced today that Netscape will become an archive partner, and the discussion site will provide access to Netscape’s DevEdge Forums via its news service offering. Users will also be able to enter the forums through links provided on Netscape’s DevEdge site.

The companies said the agreement will enable Deja News users to search, read and discuss relevant topics such as initiatives and developments related to Netscape’s Communicator 5.0 source code. Registered Web developers were previously only allowed to participate in DevEdge threads by visiting Netscape’s developer sites.

“Netscape DevEdge newsgroups help developers find answers to development
questions, raise important technical issues with peers in the Netscape
DevEdge program and discover the latest trends in software development on
the Netscape platform,” said Jeff Treuhaft, Director of Extranet Marketing
at Netscape. “Today’s agreement with Deja News will enable us to open these discussions to a broader audience, promoting the development of intranet, extranet and Internet software and services on the Netscape platform.”

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