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Disney creating a magical Net kingdom?

Disney and Infoseek mull whether to cobrand their Go Network portal with an ISP, and Disney considers a buyout of the remaining stake in Infoseek it does not already own.


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Disney and Infoseek make bold moves in the portal space. The companies mull whether to cobrand the Go Network with an ISP, while Disney considers a buyout of the remaining stake in Infoseek it does not already own.

"We have our business development people out talking to various ISPs about how to do a branded ISP portion of our service."

-Patrick Naughton, executive vice president of products, Infoseek


Disney may hook up Go with ISP
The Go Network is exploring its options to have members sign up for Go Network-branded Internet See news analysis: Will Disney's Go Network pay off? access service, an executive says.

Infoseek rises on Disney buyout talks
update The company's shares rise as much as 20 percent after Disney says it's in talks to buy the 57 percent of Infoseek that it doesn't already own.

Disney may buy the rest of Infoseek
update The entertainment giant discloses in an SEC filing that it is in talks with the Net directory firm to buy the rest of it.

Shakeup at Disney's Net unit
update The Walt Disney Company replaces Buena Vista Internet Group chairman Jake Winebaum with another executive, Steve Wadsworth.

Executives seek gold in Net start-ups
Jake Winebaum, exiting chairman of Disney's Buena Vista Internet Group, becomes the latest in a growing list of high-profile executives to embrace the world of new Net-based companies.