Netscape releases push service

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Netscape Communications Corp., Mountain View, Calif., released its Netcaster service, giving users of its new Communicator browser suite the ability to have World Wide Web content "pushed" automatically from 700 "channels." Netscape disclosed key new players -- including Walt Disney Co., News Corp. (TVGEN, Fox News, Fox Sports) and USA Today -- among the 20 "premier" channels with best on-screen position. Many players -- including Disney, News Corp., USA Today, CNN, Hearst Home Arts, CBS SportsLine and Excite -- struck "push" deals both with Netscape and Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 4.0. In number of channels, however, Netscape nearly tripled the more than 250 Microsoft announced in July for IE.

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