AOL to Drop Netscape.com Digg Clone

A little over a year after it relaunched Netscape.com to much fanfare as a social news site very similar to Digg, AOL confirmed Thursday it is pulling the plug, reverting back to a more mainstream Netscape portal. AOL will keep the Digg-like site alive, but at another currently undecided location.

Although Jason Calacanis, the man who was tasked to build the site, has long touted successes of the new Netscape.com, the site largely failed to catch on among AOL's visitor base. According to the company, its users wanted a more editorially driven experience on Netscape.com, not stories picked by a community. AOL says the move will not affect the Netscape Browser, although it's likely that integration with the social news site will be removed from future updates.

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