The company behind PointCast network. The company introduced the PointCast program that had one "cool" new technology at the time: push. The program sent the users stock quotes, news headlines, weather information and things like that.

Fairly useless, yes, but people liked it for a while. The company deserves the credit for making a first widely used push-based program. Not that there are many cool push applications in existence anyway...

PointCast was acquired by Idealab in May 1999, and everyone who follows the developments of E-commerce knows what that means. Yes, PointCast closed down in February 2000, and the service got integrated into EntryPoint, a program with similiar idea but inferior user interface...

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