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Mike Homer Dead

Left Netscape in 2000 and founded streaming media house Kontiki

Mike Homer, the feisty VP of marketing at Netscape during its heyday, who wrote its first business plan and agitated against Microsoft, died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare infectious neurodegenerative disorder that seems to be related to mad cow disease and ends cruelly in dementia. He was 50. He left Netscape in 2000 after it was acquired by AOL and founded streaming media house Kontiki Inc, which went to VeriSign for $62 million in 2006 shortly before Mike was first diagnosed.

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