PointCast Network tapped Excite as its preferred search engine. Excite will be the default search button on PointCast and will create a special search service for the PointCast Connections channel, which allows any Web publisher to create and push content through the PointCast system. Under an existing partnership PointCast has with Microsoft Corp., PointCast will bundle the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser with its next software update, due out later this year. Excite will be integrated into the PointCast version of the browser as well. Competitor Yahoo! recently inked a deal making it a close partner of Netscape Communications Corp.
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