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Lotus, Netscape have falling out

A proposed licensing deal between Netscape Communications and Lotus Development has collapsed.

A proposed alliance between Netscape Communications and Lotus Development for licensing of Netscape's Web browser has collapsed, according to Reuters news service.

Lotus, looking for added cache by affixing Netscape's name to its Internet venture, was reportedly seeking to strike a deal to include Netscape Navigator in a future version of its Notes groupware.

The company recently announced a revamped version of Notes called Domino that includes the ability to access proprietary Notes databases via Web browsers or through standard Notes client software.

The company does not supply a browser with Notes but allows users to launch Navigator, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, or other Web browsers.

Officials at both companies declined to comment on the proposed deal or confirm that the talks even took place, according to Reuters. In June, the talks between the two companies were reported by Fortune magazine and other publications.

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