Netscape.com goes Web 2.0


Still determined to crawl out from the chasm of 1990s Internet has-beens, Netscape is planning to rejuvenate itself via a new Netscape.com portal. The portal will ditch the traditional news and media aggregator approach for a new, user-driven copycat of sites like Digg and Slashdot. There's a twist, though. While users will contribute stories, a team of paid editors will fact-check those stories, add relevant information, and provide original reporting.

This system is the pet project of Jason Calacanis, a so-called "dot-com news entrepreneur" whose work includes popular gadget blog Engadget. Calacanis presents the new Netscape.com as a sort of middle-ground between all-out community sites like Digg, purely editorial news sites like CNN, and automated news aggregators like Google News.

True to the spirit of Web 2.0 sites, the re-thought portal launched today in the form of a public Beta. Users can check it out at www.beta.netscape.com.

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