Apple has set up a new Apple Start Page in conjunction with, possibly as a result of the demise of Excite@home. Users of, which is the default page for Internet Explorer (Apple’s default browser), are automatically directed to the new page. The deal aligns Apple with mega-media company AOL/Time Warner. “To provide customers the best initial experience on the web, Apple has partnered with Netscape/AOL to combine the best of the web’s content – from CNN and Time to Sports Illustrated and People – with the best of Apple’s site including headlines and movie trailers,” an Apple press spokesperson told MacMinute. “We’re not doing it on our own; rather we’ve formed a great partnership, just like we’ve done with our ISP, our browser, and Sherlock.” [Updated 16:30 – added quote from Apple spokesperson]