Internet glitches at MSNBC

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MSNBC, the news venture between NBC and Microsoft, got off the ground yesterday with a few Internet-related hitches. During the network's first hours, viewers hoping to access MSNBC's Internet site were locked out. Microsoft Vice President Peter Neupert said too much content was loaded into the site, making its front page inaccessible. "I don't expect that to happen again," Mr. Neupert said.

Users of America Online and Prodigy also reported difficulties; in one case, AOL displayed highlights from the previous day's news and stock reports. The problem may be attributed to cacheing.

Meanwhile, MSNBC announced it will partner with The New York Times to produce a weekly, hour-long program titled "The Sunday Times on Saturday Night." The program will integrate key features of The New York Times' Sunday newspaper.

Copyright July 1996 Crain Communications Inc.

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