Even when you're preparing to consummate the biggest media merger ever, you can't forget the little details.
In separate moves Wednesday,
announced changes to its flagship AOL service and its Netscape.com Web site, as well as the availability of the third and final preliminary version of its next Netscape Internet browser.
On AOL, the company has rejiggered one of its 19 top-level content channels, relaunching "Home & Garden" as "Home & Household." The revamp follows a $200 million, five-year deal announced in May between AOL and
that gave the real estate site prominent placement throughout AOL's properties.
Along with gardening's lower billing, the changeover orphans the automobile section that had been a part of "Home & Garden." That area will be incorporated into another channel when AOL launches the next version of its service later this year, a spokeswoman says. AOL hopes to complete its merger with
by the end of the year.
Separately, AOL redesigned its Netscape.com site to make it slightly more consumer-oriented, while still highlighting the Netbusiness small-business portal. Among other changes, the new home page has more prominent space for ads at the top of the page, drops the "Netcenter" name that has long been used to label the site, and has a straightforward listing of subject matter near the top.
The latest pre-release version of Netscape 6 makes the Internet software a little more useful for mobile users. It includes an address book synchronization feature that allows users to get at their contact lists even if they are on the road and not using their usual computer.
In Wednesday afternoon trading, AOL was up $1.45 to $56.80, Homestore.com was down $1.19 to $42.31 and Time Warner was up $2.30 to $83.31.