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September 1999. Began implementing RealNames (entry of simple keywords in address bar leads to company sites).

July 1999. Announcement by Infoseek and Walt Disney Co. to merge the Disney Buena Vista Group with Infoseek to form Go.com. Deal to be completed by the end of 1999. Disney to have 72% retained interest in Go.com. Disney's extensive interests include Disney.com, Family.com, ABC.com, ABCNews.com, ESPN.com.

June 1999. Announced that RealNames is to be added in September.

May 1999. Added 'Similar Search' and search term highlighting in title and description.

October 1998. With a 2 year agreement, Infoseek took over from Excite as the default search engine on Microsoft’s WebTV.
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Shareholders approved the Walt Disney alliance and the consequent acquisition of Starwave Corporation.
- also - Launch of free software Infoseek Express.

September 1998. Redesigned site, giving a combination of manually-reviewed web sites and web search results.

Summer 1998. 43% stake bought by Disney Corp.As part of the deal, Infoseek acquired Starwave Corporation, bringing with it its ESPN.com franchise and its ABCNews.com site.

March 1998. Added new advanced search page.

October 1997. Redesigned web site unveiled. Began using channels to organize information into directories.

September 1997. Number of visitors reported for month - 7.3m.

November 1996. Introduced Ultrasmart/Ultraseek.

June 1996. Went public.

February 1995. Infoseek Search launched.

January 1994. Infoseek Guide founded (by Steven Kirsch). Originally a fee service, became a free service in August 1994.

     
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