October 15, 2004 12:00 PM PDT

This week in Netscape news

The Netscape browser turned 10 years old this week, and though it's a shadow of its former self, the lights haven't gone out yet on one of the most storied brands in Web history.

America Online, which has see-sawed over its pricey Netscape acquisition for years, is once again readying the brand for a comeback try, as CNET News.com explains in a special report.

But don't expect the original engineers to be part of the resurrection. If you're looking for the people who launched the Netscape browser 10 years ago, you might find them in boardrooms, offices, cubicles and even a nightclub or two throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Many work for a Palo Alto, Calif., company called LiveOps--an Internet-based, distributed call center provider where roughly a third of the staff are Netscape alumni.

Ben Goodger is leading a key effort to preserve the Netscape browser's legacy. Only 14 years old when the Netscape browser was first released in 1994, Goodger has spent most of the past four years working for AOL's Netscape division and then at the Mozilla Foundation AOL spun off last year to oversee the development of the Mozilla and Firefox browsers.

As the Web observes Netscape's anniversary, Goodger finds himself the lead engineer for Firefox. Goodger sat down with CNET News.com to discuss his work on Firefox.


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