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Employment Agreement - Excite@Home and Patti Hart



                          [LETTERHEAD OF EXCITE@HOME]

                                 April 18, 2001

Ms. Patti Hart
147 Patricia Drive
Atherton, CA  94027

Dear Patti:

        On behalf of the Board of Directors of At Home Corporation, doing
business as Excite@Home (the "Company"), I am pleased to offer you the position
of Chief Executive Officer of the Company on the terms set forth below.

        1. Position. You will be employed by the Company as its Chief Executive
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Officer effective commencing on April 21, 2001 (the "Commencement Date") and
continuing thereafter until termination pursuant to Section 6 below. You will
have overall responsibility for the management of the Company and will report
directly to its Board of Directors. During your term of employment, you will
also be appointed to the Board of Directors and you will be appointed as
Chairman of the Board no later than May 2, 2001. Although you will be expected
to devote your full working time and attention to the business of the Company,
we recognize and agree that you are currently serving on the Board of Directors
of Plantronics, Inc. and Korn Ferry International and that you may continue to
serve on such Boards. You will not render services to any other business without
the prior approval of the Board of Directors or, directly or indirectly, engage
or participate in any business that is competitive in any manner with the
business of the Company. You will also be expected to comply with and be bound
by the Company's operating policies, procedures and practices that are from time
to time in effect during the term of your employment.

        2. Cash Compensation. The details of your cash compensation are as
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follows: 

           (a) Base Salary. Your annual base salary will be $550,000 payable in
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accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices with such payroll
deductions and withholdings as are required by law. Your base salary will be
reviewed on an annual basis by the Compensation Committee of the Board of
Directors and may be increased from time to time in the discretion of the
Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. (Your initial annual base
salary, together with any increases thereto from time to time, shall be referred
to herein as the "Base Salary.")

 
           (b) Bonus Compensation. 
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               (i)  You will be eligible to receive a target annual bonus of 75%
of your Base Salary payable under the Company's Executive Incentive Plan ("EIP")
subject to satisfaction of performance objectives agreed to by you and the
Company. The terms of the EIP (including performance measures) other than your
target bonus percentage are subject to modification from year to year by the
Board of Directors. (The initial target annual bonus amount for which you are
eligible, together with any increases thereto from time to time, shall be
referred to herein as the "Target Bonus.")

               (ii) You will be eligible to receive an additional bonus of
$1,000,000 (less withholdings as required by law) which shall be paid: $300,000
on August 15, 2001; $350,000 on April 21, 2002; $350,000 on August 15, 2002
(each an "Additional Bonus Payment Date") provided that you are employed on the
applicable Additional Bonus Payment Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any
unpaid portion of the additional bonus will be accelerated and paid in full in
the event of your Termination Without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason (both
as defined in Section 6 below); provided that if such Termination Without Cause
or Resignation for Good Reason occurs following a Change in Control that occurs
within twelve months of the Commencement Date (as defined in Section 7), no
unpaid portion of the additional bonus, other than the initial $300,000 payment
payable on August 15, 2001, will be paid. To secure the additional bonus, the
Company will provide you with one or more irrevocable standby letters of credit,
issued between April 23 and May 18, 2001, in an amount equal to One Million
Dollars ($1,000,0000.00), payable on the dates specified above, with a reputable
bank, and having such other terms and conditions as are satisfactory to you,
including, but not limited to, an expiry date of no sooner than November 15,
2002. The letters of credit shall be provided by the Company as security for the
additional bonus and you will retain all rights and full recourse against the
Company if you are not paid the appropriate amount of the additional bonus under
the letters of credit. In the event that satisfactory letters of credit are not
provided to you by May 18, 2001, the full amount ($1,000,000.00) of the
additional bonus shall become immediately due and payable to you from the
Company on May 19, 2001.

        3. Vacation. During the first two years of employment, you will be
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eligible for three weeks of vacation annually, increasing to four weeks in years
three through four of employment and to five weeks in year five of employment.

        4. Other Benefits. You will be eligible for the normal health insurance,
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401(k), employee stock purchase plan and other benefits offered to all Company
senior executives of similar rank and status.

        5. Stock Options. On the Commencement Date, the Compensation Committee
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of the Board of Directors will grant you a stock option (the "Option") to
purchase 1,350,000 shares of the Company's Series A Common Stock at an exercise
price equal to such stock's closing price on April 20, 2001.

           (a) The Option will vest and become exercisable over a four year
period as follows: 337,500 of the shares subject to the Option will vest and
become exercisable on the Commencement Date and the remaining 1,012,500 shares
subject to the Option will vest and 

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become exercisable in 36 equal monthly installments with the first monthly
installment vesting on April 16, 2002, and each subsequent installment vesting
on the 16th of each month thereafter. Additional terms of the Option, consistent
with the terms of this letter, will be set forth in your Stock Option Agreement
and in the Company's Equity Incentive Plan.

           (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 5 to the
contrary, upon your Resignation for Good Reason or Termination Without Cause
(both as defined in Section 6 below), a portion of the unvested shares subject
to the Option will immediately vest as provided in Section 8 below.

           (c) The Company will register the shares issuable under the Option on
a Form S-8 registration statement and will keep such registration statement in
effect for the entire period the Option remains outstanding.

        6. Employment and Termination. Your employment with the Company will be
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at-will and may be terminated by you or by the Company at any time for any
reason as follows:

           (a) You may resign your employment upon written notice to the Board
of Directors within 120 days following the occurrence of a "Good Reason," as
defined below (a "Resignation for Good Reason");

           (b) You may resign your employment upon written notice to the Board
of Directors at any time for any reason in your discretion Without Good Reason
("Resignation Without Good Reason");

           (c) The Company may terminate your employment upon written notice to
you at any time following a determination by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire
Board of Directors that there is "Cause," as defined below, for such termination
("Termination for Cause");

           (d) The Company may terminate your employment upon written notice to
you at any time in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors without a
determination that there is Cause for such termination ("Termination Without
Cause");

           (e) Your employment will automatically terminate upon your death
("Termination for Death");

           (f) The Company may terminate your employment upon written notice to
you at any time following a determination by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire
Board of Directors that you have a Disability ("Termination for Disability");
provided that "Disability" shall mean your complete inability to perform your
job responsibilities for a period of 180 consecutive days or 180 days in the
aggregate in any 12-month period.

        7. Definitions. As used in this agreement, the following terms have the
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following meanings: 

           (a) "Good Reason" means the occurrence of any of the following
conditions without your written consent: (i) your no longer being the Chief
Executive Officer of the Company; (ii) your not being nominated and elected to
the Company's Board of Directors; (iii) 

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assignment or change of responsibilities or duties that constitutes a material,
adverse change in the responsibilities or duties that you had prior to such
assignment or change; (iv) a reduction in your Base Salary or Target Bonus; (v)
a material breach by the Company of any of the terms of this agreement,
including but not limited to the failure by the Company to require a successor
(whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to
assume expressly and agree to perform the Company's obligations under this
agreement, as if no such succession had taken place; or (vi) the Company's
requiring a change of your office location by more than 35 miles from the office
location where you were employed immediately preceding any such change. A
resignation for any other reason will be a "Resignation Without Good Reason."

           (b) "Cause" means (i) a good faith determination by the Board of
Directors that you willfully failed to follow the lawful written directions of
the Board of Directors; provided that no Termination for Cause shall occur
unless you have been provided with the Company's notice of intent to terminate
your employment for Cause and have had at least 30 days to cure or correct your
behavior, and the Board of Directors has determined that you failed to cure or
correct such behavior; (ii) engagement in gross misconduct which is materially
detrimental to the Company; provided that no Termination for Cause shall occur
unless you have been provided with the Company's notice of intent to terminate
your employment for Cause and have had at least 30 days to cure or correct your
behavior, and the Board of Directors has determined that you failed to cure or
correct such behavior; (iii) willful and repeated failure or refusal to comply
in any material respect with the Company's Invention Assignment and
Confidentiality Agreement, the Company's insider trading policy, or any other
reasonable policy of the Company where non-compliance would be materially
detrimental to the Company; provided that no Termination for Cause shall occur
unless you have been provided with the Company's notice of intent to terminate
your employment for Cause and have had at least 30 days to cure or correct your
behavior, and the Board of Directors has determined that you failed to cure or
correct such behavior; or (iv) commission of an unlawful or criminal act
(serious in nature) which the Board of Directors reasonably believes would
reflect adversely on the Company. A termination of your employment by the
Company for any other reason, except Disability, or in any other circumstances
will be a "Termination Without Cause."

           (c) "Change in Control" means (i) any person (as such term is used in
Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the
"Exchange Act"), other than a trustee or other fiduciary holding securities of
the Company under an employee benefit plan of the Company, becomes the
"beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange
Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing 50% or
more of (A) the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company or (B) the
combined voting power of the Company's then outstanding securities; provided
that you acknowledge that AT&T Corporation ("AT&T") currently holds in excess of
50% of the aggregate voting power of the Company's outstanding securities, and
that this provision shall apply with respect to an acquisition of equity
ownership by AT&T only if AT&T increases its equity ownership percentage such
that (x) the shares of the Company (or its successor) are no longer publicly
traded or (y) AT&T's ownership of the Company's common stock equals or exceeds
81% of all outstanding shares of the Company's common stock; (ii) the Company is
a party to a merger or consolidation, or series of related transactions, which
results in the voting securities of the Company outstanding immediately prior
thereto failing to continue to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by
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entity) at least 50% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of
the Company or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after the merger or
consolidation, (iii) a sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the
Company's assets (or consummation of any transaction, or series of related
transaction having a similar effect); provided that no sale or disposition of
assets will be considered individually or in the aggregate a sale of
substantially all of the Company's assets as long as the Company remains in the
active business of providing internet access services over the cable television
infrastructure, (iv) a liquidation or dissolution of the Company, or (v) there
occurs a change in the composition of the Board of Directors of the Company
within a two year period following the Commencement Date, as a result of which
fewer than a majority of the directors were Incumbent Directors (as defined
below). "Incumbent Director" shall mean a director who either (1) is a director
of the Company as of the Commencement Date, or (2) is elected, or nominated for
election, to the Board of Directors of the Company with the affirmative votes of
at least a majority of the Incumbent Directors at the time of such election or
nomination, but in the case of clause (2) was not elected or nominated as a
result of an actual or threatened proxy contest relating to the election of
directors of the Company.

        8. Separation Benefits. Upon termination of your employment with the
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Company for any reason, you will receive payment for all unpaid salary and
vacation accrued to the date of your termination of employment and any
additional bonus otherwise payable pursuant to Section 3(b)(ii) above, and your
benefits will be continued under the Company's then existing benefit plans and
policies for so long as provided under the terms of such plans and policies and
as required by applicable law. Under certain circumstances, subject to your
execution of the termination and general release agreement, attached hereto as
Exhibit A, you will also be entitled to receive severance benefits as set forth
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below. The termination and general release agreement contains provisions
specifying that you will not compete with the Company while you are receiving
any severance payments or insurance benefits, nor will you solicit employees of
the Company for a period of one year after termination of your employment, that
neither you nor the Company will disparage the other party, and that neither
party will have claims that survive that agreement.

           (a) In the event of your Resignation Without Good Reason or
Termination for Cause, you will not be entitled to any cash severance payments
or additional vesting of shares of options.

           (b) In the event of your Resignation for Good Reason or Termination
Without Cause, you will be entitled to (i) a severance payment equal to one year
of your Base Salary plus 100% of your Target Bonus, payable over twelve months
in accordance with the Company's normal payroll practices (less withholdings as
are required by law); (ii) accelerated vesting of 50% of the unvested shares of
your Option, with all vested shares of your Option exercisable for a period of
90 days from such termination; and (iii) one year of medical, life and
disability insurance benefits with the same coverage and at the same cost as
those provided to you immediately before your Resignation for Good Reason or
Termination Without Cause or until you become covered by comparable coverage
from another employer, whichever occurs sooner.

           (c) In the event of your Termination Without Cause or Resignation for
Good Reason within twelve months following a Change in Control, as long as you
do not resign for 

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ninety (90) days after the closing of the Change of Control, then you may resign
your employment for Good Reason after the expiration of such ninety (90) day
period and prior to the expiration of twelve months and you will be provided the
following: (i) twelve monthly payments, each of which will be equal to the sum
of two years of your Base Salary plus 100% of your Target Bonus divided by
twelve; the first such payment will be made thirty days after the Termination
Date and each subsequent payment will be made each month thereafter; (ii)
accelerated vesting of 100% of the unvested shares of your Option, with all
shares of your Option exercisable for a period of 90 days from such termination;
and (iii) two years of medical, life and disability insurance benefits with the
same coverage and at the same cost as those provided to you immediately before
your Resignation for Good Reason or Termination Without Cause or until you
become covered by comparable coverage from another employer, whichever occurs
sooner. Alternatively, if there is a Change of Control and you are not offered
in writing the position of, or appointed as, Chief Executive Officer of the
surviving entity, or its parent where the surviving entity is a subsidiary,
prior to or upon the closing of the Change of Control, as long as you do not
resign for ninety (90) days after the closing of the Change of Control, then you
may resign your employment for any reason after the expiration of such ninety
(90) day period and prior to the expiration of six months and you will receive
the severance benefits described in this subparagraph (c).

           (d) If all or any portion of the amounts payable to you under this
Section 8 are subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (or similar state tax and/or assessment), the
Company shall pay you an amount necessary to place you in the same after-tax
position as you would have been in had no such excise tax been imposed. The
amount payable pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be increased to the
extent necessary to pay income and excise taxes due on such amount. The
determination of the amount of any such additional amount shall initially be
made by the independent accounting firm then employed by the Company. If at a
later date it is determined (pursuant to final regulations or published rulings
of the Internal Revenue Service, final judgment of a court of competent
jurisdiction or otherwise) that the amount of excise taxes payable by you is
greater than the amount initially so determined, then the Company (or its
successor) shall pay you an amount equal to the sum of (1) such additional
excise taxes, (2) any interest, fines and penalties resulting from such
underpayment, plus (3) an amount necessary to reimburse you for any income,
excise or other taxes payable by you with respect to the amounts specified in
(1) and (2) above, including any income, excise or other taxes payable with
respect to such amounts, and the reimbursement provided by this clause.

           (e) No payments due you hereunder shall be subject to mitigation or
offset.

        9.  Indemnification Agreement. Upon your commencement of employment with
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the Company, the Company will enter into its standard form of indemnification
agreement for officers and directors, a copy of which is attached to this letter
as Exhibit B, to indemnify you against certain liabilities you may incur as an
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officer or director of the Company.

        10. Assignment Agreement. Upon your commencement of employment with the
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Company, you will be required to sign its standard form of Invention Assignment
and Confidentiality Agreement, a copy of which is attached to this letter as
Exhibit C. 
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        11. Nonsolicitation. During the term of your employment with the Company
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and for one year thereafter, you will not, on behalf of yourself or any third
party, solicit or attempt to induce any employee of the Company to terminate his
or her employment with the Company.

        12. Arbitration. The parties agree that any dispute regarding the
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interpretation or enforcement of this agreement shall be decided by
confidential, final and binding arbitration conducted by Judicial Arbitration
and Mediation Services ("JAMS") under the then existing JAMS rules rather than
by litigation in court, trial by jury, administrative proceeding or in any other
forum. The filing fees and arbitrator's fees and costs in such arbitration will
be borne by the Company. The parties will be entitled to reasonable discovery of
essential matters as determined by the arbitrator. In the arbitration, the
parties will be entitled to all remedies that would have been available if the
matter were litigated in a court of law.

        13. Miscellaneous.
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            (a) Authority to Enter into Agreement. The Company represents that
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its Chairman of the Board has due authority to execute and deliver this
agreement on behalf of the Company.

            (b) Absence of Conflicts. You represent that upon the Commencement
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Date your performance of your duties under this agreement will not breach any
other agreement as to which you are a party.

            (c) Attorneys Fees. The Company will reimburse you for up to $10,000
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for attorney expenses incurred by you in connection with your acceptance of the
terms of this agreement. If a legal action or other proceeding is brought for
enforcement of this agreement because of an alleged dispute, breach, default, or
misrepresentation in connection with any of the provisions of this agreement,
the successful or prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable
attorneys' fees and costs incurred, both before and after judgment, in addition
to any other relief to which they may be entitled.

            (d) Successors. This agreement is binding on and may be enforced by
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the Company and its successors and assigns and is binding on and may be enforced
by you and your heirs and legal representatives. Any successor to the Company or
substantially all of its business (whether by purchase, merger, consolidation or
otherwise) will in advance assume in writing and be bound by all of the Company'
obligations under this agreement.

            (e) Notices. Notices under this agreement must be in writing and
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will be deemed to have been given when personally delivered or two days after
mailed by U.S. registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and
postage prepaid. Mailed notices to you will be addressed to you at the home
address which you have most recently communicated to the Company in writing.
Notices to the Company will be addressed to its General Counsel at the Company'
corporate headquarters.

            (f) Waiver. No provision of this agreement will be modified or
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waived except in writing signed by you and an officer of the Company duly
authorized by its Board of Directors. No waiver by either party of any breach of
this agreement by the other party will be considered a waiver of any other
breach of this agreement.

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            (g) Entire Agreement. This agreement, including the attached
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exhibits, represents the entire agreement between us concerning the subject
matter of your employment by the Company.

            (h) Governing Law. This agreement will be governed by the laws of
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the State of California without reference to conflict of laws provisions.

         Patti, we are very pleased to extend this offer of employment to you
and look forward to your joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer.
This offer of employment is effective through _____, 2001, after which it will
expire. Please indicate your acceptance of the terms of this agreement by
signing in the place indicated below.

                                                      Very truly yours,
                                              
                                              
                                                      /s/
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                                                      [name]
                                                      Excite@Home



Accepted April 16, 2001:


/s/ Patti Hart
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Patti Hart

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                                   EXHIBIT A

                           GENERAL RELEASE OF CLAIMS

         THIS GENERAL RELEASE OF CLAIMS ("Release") is between Employee
("Employee") and At Home Corporation, doing business as Excite@Home
("Excite@Home"), a Delaware corporation.

           (i)  Payment of Separation Benefits. I understand that my employment
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with Excite@Home (the "Company") has terminated. The Company has agreed that if
I choose to sign this Release on or after my last day of employment, the Company
will pay me Separation Benefits (the "Separation Benefits") set forth in my
Employment Agreement dated , 2001 (the "Employment Agreement"). I understand
that I am not entitled to these Separation Benefits unless I sign this Release.
I understand that in addition to the Separation Benefits and regardless of
whether I sign this Release, the Company will pay me all of my accrued salary
and vacation earned through my date of termination.

           (ii) Release. 
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           a.   Employee and Excite@Home, on behalf of themselves and their
                respective heirs, executors, successors and assigns, hereby
                fully and forever release each other and their respective heirs,
                executors, successors, agents, officers and directors, from and
                agree not to sue concerning, any and all claims, actions,
                obligations, duties, causes of action, whether now known or
                unknown, suspected or unsuspected, that either of them may
                possess based upon or arising out of any matter, cause, fact,
                thing, act, or omission whatsoever occurring or existing at any
                time prior to and including the date of Employee's termination
                of employment (collectively, the "Released Matters"), including
                without limitation,

                (i)    any and all claims relating to or arising from Employee'
                       employment relationship with Excite@Home and the
                       termination of that relationship;

                (ii)   any and all claims relating to, or arising from,
                       Employee' right to purchase, or actual purchase of,
                       shares of stock of Excite@Home, including, without
                       limitation, any claims of fraud, misrepresentation,
                       breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty under applicable
                       state corporate law, and securities fraud under any state
                       or federal law;

                (iii)  any and all claims for wrongful discharge of employment;
                       termination in violation of public policy;
                       discrimination; breach of contract, both express and
                       implied; breach of a covenant of good faith and fair
                       dealing, both express and implied; promissory estoppel;
                       negligent or intentional 

 
                       infliction of emotional distress; negligent or
                       intentional misrepresentation; negligent or intention
                       interference with contract or prospective economic
                       advantage; unfair business practices; defamation; libel;
                       slander; negligence; personal injury; assault; battery;
                       invasion of privacy; false imprisonment; and conversion.

                (iv)   any and all claims for violation of any federal, state or
                       municipal statute, including, but not limited to, Title
                       VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil rights Act
                       of 1991, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of
                       1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the
                       Fair Labor Standards Act, the Employee Retirement Income
                       Security Act of 1974, the Worker Adjustment and
                       Retraining Notification Act, Older Workers Benefit
                       Protection Act, and the California Fair Employment and
                       Housing Act, and Labor Code section 201, et. seq.;

                (v)    any and all claims for violation of the federal, or any
                       state, constitution;

                (vi)   any and all claims arising out of any other laws and
                       regulations relating to employment or employment
                       discrimination;

                (vii)  any and all claims for attorneys' fees and costs; and

                (viii) any and all claims either Excite@Home or Employee may
                       have against the other for any acts by either occurring
                       at any time prior to the execution of this Release.

Each of the parties agrees that the foregoing enumeration of claims released is
illustrative, and the claims hereby released are in no way limited by the above
recitation of specific claims, it being the intent of the parties to fully and
completely release all claims whatsoever in any way relating to the Employee'
employment with Excite@Home and to the termination of such employment. This
Release does not extend to, and does not result in, a waiver or release of any
of the following: a) any claim by Employee for workers' compensation or
unemployment benefits; b) Employee's rights to indemnity under the Indemnity
Agreement signed by the parties, as well as under Labor Code section 2802; c)
Employee's rights to her vested stock options under any and all stock option
grants made to her by the Company; and d) all rights and benefits to which
Employee is entitled under the Employment Agreement.

            b.  Employee represents that Employee has no lawsuits, claims or
                actions pending in Employee' name, or on behalf of any other
                person or entity, against Excite@Home or any other person or
                entity referred to herein. Employee also represents that
                Employee does not intend to bring any claims on Employee' own
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                   against Excite@Home or any other person or entity referred to
                   herein.

            c.     Employee and Excite@Home acknowledge that they have been
                   advised by legal counsel and are familiar with Section 1542
                   of the Civil Code of the State of California, which states:

            A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES
            NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING
            THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS
            SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.

Excite@Home and Employee each expressly waives any right or benefit which they
have or may have under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code or any similar
provision of the statutory or non-statutory law of any other jurisdiction,
including Delaware. The parties acknowledge that in the future they may discover
claims or facts in addition to or different from those that they now know or
believe to exist with respect to the subject matter of this Release, and that
each of Employee and Excite@Home intends to fully, finally, and forever settle
all of the Released matters in exchange for the Separation Benefits. This
release will remain in effect as a full and complete release notwithstanding the
discovery or existence of any additional claims or facts.

            (iii)  Acknowledgment of Waiver of Claims under ADEA. Employee
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acknowledges that Employee is waiving and releasing any rights Employee' may
have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 ("ADEA") and that
this waiver and release is knowing and voluntary. Employee and Excite@Home agree
that this waiver and release does not apply to any rights or claims that may
arise under ADEA after the Effective Date of this Release, Employee acknowledges
that the consideration given for this Release in addition to anything of value
to which Employee was already entitled. Employee further acknowledges that
Employee has been advised by this writing that:

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                a.     Employee should consult with an attorney prior to
                       executing this Release;

                b.     Employee has had at least twenty-one (21) days within
                       which to consider this Release, although Employee may
                       accept the terms of this Release at any time within those
                       21 days;

                c.     Employee has seven (7) days following the execution of
                       this Release by the parties to revoke this Release; and

                d.     This Release will not be effective until the revocation
                       period has expired.

                (iv)   Indemnity and Employee Invention Agreement. Employee and
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Company agree that all rights and obligations of the parties under the Indemnity
Agreement between the parties and under the Employee Invention Assignment and
Confidentiality Agreement will continue in effect.

                (v)    Voluntary Execution of Release. This Release is executed
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voluntarily and without any duress or undue influence on the part or behalf of
the parties hereto, with the full intent of releasing all claims. The parties
acknowledge that:

                a.     they have read this Release;

                b.     they have been represented in the preparation,
                       negotiation, and execution of this Release by legal
                       counsel of their own choice or that they have voluntarily
                       declined to seek such counsel;

                c.     they understand the terms and consequences of this
                       Release and of the releases it contains;

                d.     they are fully aware of the legal and binding effect of
                       this Release.

EMPLOYEE HAS CONSULTED WITH AN ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING THIS RELEASE AND
UNDERSTANDS THAT, BY SIGNING THIS RELEASE, EMPLOYEE IS GIVING UP ANY LEGAL
CLAIMS EMPLOYEE HAS AGAINST EXCITE@HOME EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THE EMPLOYMENT
AGREEMENT. EMPLOYEE FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT EMPLOYEE DOES SO KNOWINGLY,
WILLINGLY, AND VOLUNTARILY IN EXCHANGE FOR THE BENEFITS DESCRIBED IN THE
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT.

EMPLOYEE                                             EXCITE@HOME


                                                     By: /s/
/s/ Patti Hart                                          --------------------
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Signature
                                                     Title:_________________  

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Date:___________________________                                       
     
                                                     Date:_________________

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                                   EXHIBIT B
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                              INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

     This Indemnity Agreement (this "Agreement"), dated as of _____________
2000, is made by and between At Home Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the
"Company"), and _________________________, a director and/or officer of the
Company (the "Indemnitee").

                                   RECITALS

     A.   The Company is aware that competent and experienced persons are
increasingly reluctant to serve as directors or officers of corporations unless
they are protected by comprehensive liability insurance and/or indemnification,
due to increased exposure to litigation costs and risks resulting from their
service to such corporations, and due to the fact that the exposure frequently
bears no reasonable relationship to the compensation of such directors and
officers;

     B.   Based on their experience as business managers, the Board of
Directors of the Company (the "Board") has concluded that, to retain and attract
talented and experienced individuals to serve as officers and directors of the
Company, and to encourage such individuals to take the business risks necessary
for the success of the Company, it is necessary for the Company contractually to
indemnify officers and directors and to assume for itself maximum liability for
expenses and damages in connection with claims against such officers and
directors in connection with their service to the Company;

     C.   Section 145 of the General Corporation Law of Delaware, under which
the Company is organized (the "Law"), empowers the Company to indemnify by
agreement its officers, directors, employees and Agents, and persons who serve,
at the request of the Company, as directors, officers, employees or Agents of
other corporations or enterprises, and expressly provides that the
indemnification provided by the Law is not exclusive; and

     D.   The Company desires and has requested the Indemnitee to serve or
continue to serve as a director or officer of the Company free from undue
concern for claims for damages arising out of or related to such services to the
Company.

     NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound,
hereby agree as follows:

     1.   Definitions.
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          1.1   Agent. For the purposes of this Agreement, "Agent" means
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any person who is or was a director or officer of the Company or a subsidiary of
the Company; or is or was serving at the request of, for the convenience of, or
to represent the interest of the Company or a subsidiary of the Company as a
director or officer of another foreign or domestic corporation, partnership,
joint venture, trust or other enterprise or an affiliate of the Company, or was
a director or officer of another enterprise or affiliate of the Company at the
request of, for the convenience of, or to represent the interests of such
predecessor corporation. The term 

 
"enterprise" includes any employee benefit plan of the Company, its
subsidiaries, affiliates and predecessor corporations.

          1.2   Charter Documents. For purposes of this Agreement,
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"charter documents" means the current certificate of incorporation, bylaws and
other similar constituent documents of the Company or a subsidiary of the
corporation, as applicable.

          1.3   Expenses. For purposes of this Agreement, "expenses" means
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all direct and indirect costs of any type or nature whatsoever (including,
without limitation, all attorneys' fees and related disbursements and other
out-of-pocket costs) actually and reasonably incurred by the Indemnitee in
connection with the investigation, defense or appeal of a proceeding or
establishing or enforcing a right to indemnification or advancement of expenses
under this Agreement, the Law or otherwise.

          1.4   Proceeding. For the purposes of this Agreement,
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"proceeding" means any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or other
proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or any other
type whatsoever.

          1.5   Subsidiary. For purposes of this Agreement, "subsidiary"
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means any corporation of which more than 50% of the voting power of the
outstanding voting securities is owned directly or indirectly by the Company, by
the Company and one or more of its subsidiaries or by one or more of the
Company's subsidiaries.

     2.   Agreement to Serve. The Indemnitee agrees to serve and/or continue
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to serve as an Agent, at the will of the Company (or under separate agreement,
if such agreement exists), in such person's capacity as a member of the board of
directors, faithfully and to the best of his ability, so long as he is duly
appointed or elected and qualified in accordance with the applicable provisions
of the charter documents of the Company or any subsidiary of the Company;
provided, however, that the Indemnitee may at any time and for any reason resign
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from such position (subject to any contractual obligation that the Indemnitee
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may have assumed apart from this Agreement), and the Company or any subsidiary
shall have no obligation under this Agreement to continue to indemnify the
Indemnitee in any such position.

     3.   Directors' and Officers' Insurance. The Company shall, to the extent
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that the Board determines it to be economically reasonable, maintain a policy of
directors' and officers' liability insurance ("D&O Insurance"), on such terms
and conditions as may be approved by the Board.

     4.   Mandatory Indemnification. Subject to Section 9 below, the Company
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shall indemnify the Indemnitee:

          4.1 Third Party Actions. If the Indemnitee is a person who was
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or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any proceeding (other than
an action by or in the right of the Company) by reason of the fact that he is or
was an Agent, or by reason of anything done or not done by him in any such
capacity, against any and all expenses and liabilities of any type whatsoever
(including, but not limited to, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or
penalties and amounts paid in settlement) actually and reasonably incurred by
him in connection with the investigation, defense, settlement or appeal of such
proceeding if he acted in good faith and in a 

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manner he reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to, the best interests of
the Company and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no
reasonable cause to believe his conduct was unlawful; and

          4.2   Derivative Actions. If the Indemnitee is a person who was
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or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any proceeding by or in the
right of the Company to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact
that he is or was an Agent, or by reason of anything done or not done by him in
any such capacity, against any amounts paid in settlement of any such proceeding
and all expenses actually and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the
investigation, defense, settlement or appeal of such proceeding if he acted in
good faith and in a manner he reasonably believed to be in, or not opposed to,
the best interests of the Company; except that no indemnification under this
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subsection shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which
such person shall have been finally adjudged to be liable to the Company by a
court of competent jurisdiction due to willful misconduct of a culpable nature
in the performance of his duty to the Company, unless and only to the extent
that the Court of Chancery or the court in which such proceeding was brought
shall determine upon application that, despite the adjudication of liability but
in view of all the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and
reasonably entitled to indemnity for such amounts which the Court of Chancery or
such other court shall deem proper; and

          4.3   Exception for Amounts Covered by Insurance. Notwithstanding the
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foregoing, the Company shall not be obligated to indemnify the Indemnitee for
expenses or liabilities of any type whatsoever (including, but not limited to,
judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts paid in
settlement) to the extent such have been paid directly to the Indemnitee by D&O
Insurance maintained by the Company or a subsidiary of the Company.

     5.   Partial Indemnification and Contribution.
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          5.1   Partial Indemnification. If the Indemnitee is entitled under any
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provision of this Agreement to indemnification by the Company for some or a
portion of any expenses or liabilities of any type whatsoever (including, but
not limited to, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts
paid in settlement) incurred by him in the investigation, defense, settlement or
appeal of a proceeding but is not entitled, however, to indemnification for all
of the total amount thereof, then the Company shall nevertheless indemnify the
Indemnitee for such total amount except as to the portion thereof to which the
Indemnitee is not entitled to indemnification.

          5.2   Contribution. If the Indemnitee is not entitled to the
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indemnification provided in Section 4 for any reason other than the statutory
limitations set forth in the Law, then in respect of any threatened, pending or
completed proceeding in which the Company is jointly liable with the Indemnitee
(or would be if joined in such proceeding), the Company shall contribute to the
amount of expenses (including attorneys' fees), judgments, fines and amounts
paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred and paid or payable by the
Indemnitee in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits
received (or anticipated to be received) by the Company on the one hand and the
Indemnitee on the other hand from the transaction from which such proceeding
arose, or, if such allocated is determined by a court to be unavailable, in such
proportion as is appropriate to reflect other equitable considerations, such as

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the relative fault of the Company on the one hand and of the Indemnitee on the
other hand in connection with the events which resulted in such expenses,
judgments, fines or settlement amounts. The relative fault of the Company on the
one hand and of the Indemnitee on the other hand shall be determined by
reference to, among other things, the parties' relative intent, knowledge,
access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent the circumstances
resulting in such expenses, judgments, fines or settlement amounts. The Company
agrees that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this
Section 5 were determined by pro rata allocation or any other method of
allocation which does not take account of the foregoing equitable
considerations.

     6.   Mandatory Advancement of Expenses.
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          6.1   Advancement. Subject to Section 9 below, the Company shall
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advance all expenses incurred by the Indemnitee in connection with the
investigation, defense, settlement or appeal of any proceeding to which the
Indemnitee is a party or is threatened to be made a party by reason of the fact
that the Indemnitee is or was an Agent or by reason of anything done or not done
by him in any such capacity. The Indemnitee hereby undertakes to promptly repay
such amounts advanced only if, and to the extent that, it shall ultimately be
determined that the Indemnitee is not entitled to be indemnified by the Company
under the provisions of this Agreement, the Certificate of Incorporation or
Bylaws of the Company, the Law or otherwise. The advances to be made hereunder
shall be paid by the Company to the Indemnitee within 30 days following delivery
of a written request therefor by the Indemnitee to the Company.

          6.2   Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of
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this Section 6, the Company shall not be obligated to advance any expenses to
the Indemnitee arising from a lawsuit filed directly by the Company against the
Indemnitee if an absolute majority of the members of the Board reasonably
determines in good faith, within 30 days of the Indemnitee's request to be
advanced expenses, that the facts known to them at the time such determination
is made demonstrate clearly and convincingly that the Indemnitee acted in bad
faith. If such a determination is made, the Indemnitee may have such decision
reviewed by another forum, in the manner set forth in Sections 8.3, 8.4 and 8.5
hereof, with all references therein to "indemnification" being deemed to refer
to "advancement of expenses," and the burden of proof shall be on the Company to
demonstrate clearly and convincingly that, based on the facts known at the time,
the Indemnitee acted in bad faith. The Company may not avail itself of this
Section 6.2 as to a given lawsuit if, at any time after the occurrence of the
activities or omissions that are the primary focus of the lawsuit, the Company
has undergone a change in control. For this purpose, a change in control shall
mean a given person or group of affiliated persons or groups increasing their
beneficial ownership interest in the Company by at least 20 percentage points
without advance Board approval.

     7.   Notice and Other Indemnification Procedures.
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          7.1   Promptly after receipt by the Indemnitee of notice of the
commencement of or the threat of commencement of any proceeding, the Indemnitee
shall, if the Indemnitee believes that indemnification with respect thereto may
be sought from the Company under this Agreement, notify the Company of the
commencement or threat of commencement thereof; provided, however, that the
failure to so notify promptly shall not affect the Indemnitee's right to
                        
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indemnification under this agreement except to the extent that the Company is
actually prejudiced by such delay.

          7.2   If, at the time of the receipt of a notice of the
commencement of a proceeding pursuant to Section 7.1 hereof, the Company has D&O
Insurance in effect, the Company shall give prompt notice of the commencement of
such proceeding to the insurers in accordance with the procedures set forth in
the respective policies. The Company shall thereafter take all necessary or
desirable action to cause such insurers to pay, on behalf of the Indemnitee, all
amounts payable as a result of such proceeding in accordance with the terms of
such D&O Insurance policies.

          7.3   In the event the Company shall be obligated to advance the
expenses for any proceeding against the Indemnitee, the Company, if appropriate,
shall be entitled to assume the defense of such proceeding, with counsel
approved by the Indemnitee (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or
delayed), upon the delivery to the Indemnitee of written notice of its election
to do so. After delivery of such notice, approval of such counsel by the
Indemnitee and the retention of such counsel by the Company, the Company will
not be liable to the Indemnitee under this Agreement for any fees of counsel
subsequently incurred by the Indemnitee with respect to the same proceeding,
provided that: (a) the Indemnitee shall have the right to employ his own counsel
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in any such proceeding at the Indemnitee's expense; (b) the Indemnitee shall
have the right to employ his own counsel in connection with any such proceeding,
at the expense of the Company, if such counsel serves in a review, observer,
advice and counseling capacity and does not otherwise materially control or
participate in the defense of such proceeding; and (c) if (i) the employment of
counsel by the Indemnitee has been previously authorized by the Company, (ii)
the Indemnitee shall have reasonably concluded that there may be a conflict of
interest between the Company and the Indemnitee in the conduct of any such
defense or (iii) the Company shall not, in fact, have employed counsel to assume
the defense of such proceeding, then the fees and expenses of the Indemnitee's
counsel shall be at the expense of the Company. If the Company assumes the
defense of such proceeding, the Company may not agree to a settlement that
contains non-monetary terms without the consent of the Indemnitee, which consent
shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

     8.   Determination of Right to Indemnification.
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          8.1   To the extent the Indemnitee has been successful on the
merits or otherwise in defense of any proceeding referred to in Section 4.1 or
4.2 of this Agreement or in the defense of any claim, issue or matter described
therein, the Company shall indemnify the Indemnitee against expenses actually
and reasonably incurred by him in connection with the investigation, defense or
appeal of such proceeding, or such claim, issue or matter, as the case may be.

          8.2   In the event that Section 8.1 is inapplicable, or does not
apply to the entire proceeding, the Company shall nonetheless indemnify the
Indemnitee unless the Company shall prove by clear and convincing evidence to a
forum listed in Section 8.3 below that the Indemnitee has not met the applicable
standard of conduct required to entitle the Indemnitee to such indemnification.

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          8.3   The Indemnitee shall be entitled to select the forum in
which the validity of the Company's claim under Section 8.2 hereof that the
Indemnitee is not entitled to indemnification will be heard from among the
following, except that the Indemnitee can select a forum consisting of the
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stockholders of the Company only with the approval of the Company:

                (a)  A quorum of the Board consisting of directors
each of whom is not and was not a party to the proceeding for which
indemnification is being sought;

                (b)  The stockholders of the Company;

                (c)  Legal counsel mutually agreed upon by the
Indemnitee and the Board, which counsel shall make such determination in a
written opinion;

                (d)  A panel of three arbitrators, one of whom is selected by
the Company, another of whom is selected by the Indemnitee and the last of whom
is selected by the first two arbitrators so selected; or

                (e)  Any court having jurisdiction of subject matter
and the parties.

          8.4   As soon as practicable, and in no event later than 30 days
after the forum has been selected pursuant to Section 8.3 above, the Company
shall, at its own expense, submit to the selected forum its claim that the
Indemnitee is not entitled to indemnification, and the Company shall act in the
utmost good faith to assure the Indemnitee a complete opportunity to defend
against such claim.

          8.5   If the forum selected in accordance with Section 8.3
hereof is not a court, then after the final decision of such forum is rendered,
the Company or the Indemnitee shall have the right to apply to the Court of
Chancery of Delaware, the court in which the proceeding giving rise to the
Indemnitee's claim for indemnification is or was pending or any other court of
competent jurisdiction, for the purpose of appealing the decision of such forum,
provided that such right is executed within 60 days after the final decision of
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such forum is rendered. If the forum selected in accordance with Section 8.3
hereof is a court, then the rights of the Company or the Indemnitee to appeal
any decision of such court shall be governed by the applicable laws and rules
governing appeals of the decision of such court.

          8.6   Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement to
the contrary, the Company shall indemnify the Indemnitee against all expenses
incurred by the Indemnitee in connection with any hearing or proceeding under
this Section 8 involving the Indemnitee and against all expenses incurred by the
Indemnitee in connection with any other proceeding between the Company and the
Indemnitee involving the interpretation or enforcement of the rights of the
Indemnitee under this Agreement unless a court of competent jurisdiction finds
that each of the material claims and/or defenses of the Indemnitee in any such
proceeding was frivolous or not made in good faith.

     9.   Exceptions. Any other provision herein to the contrary
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notwithstanding, the Company shall not be obligated pursuant to the terms of
this Agreement:
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          9.1   Claims Initiated by Indemnitee. To indemnify or advance
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expenses to the Indemnitee with respect to proceedings or claims initiated or
brought voluntarily by the Indemnitee and not by way of defense, except with
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respect to proceedings specifically authorized by the Board or brought to
establish or enforce a right to indemnification and/or advancement of expenses
arising under this Agreement, the charter documents of the Company or any
subsidiary or any statute or law or otherwise, and except that such
indemnification or advancement of expenses may be provided by the Company in
specific cases if the Board finds it to be appropriate; or

          9.2   Unauthorized Settlements. To indemnify the Indemnitee
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hereunder for any amounts paid in settlement of a proceeding unless the Company
consents in advance in writing to such settlement, which consent shall not be
unreasonably withheld or delayed; or

          9.3   Section 16(b) Claims. To indemnify the Indemnitee on
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account of any suit in which judgment is rendered against the Indemnitee for an
accounting of profits made from the purchase or sale by the Indemnitee of
securities of the Company pursuant to the provisions of Section 16(b) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and amendments thereto or similar provisions of
any federal, state or local statutory law; or

          9.4   Unlawful Indemnification. To indemnify the Indemnitee if a
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final decision by a court having jurisdiction in the matter shall determine that
such indemnification is not lawful. In this respect, the Company and the
Indemnitee have been advised that the Securities and Exchange Commission takes
the position that indemnification for liabilities arising under the federal
securities laws is against public policy and is, therefore, unenforceable and
that claims for indemnification should be submitted to appropriate courts for
adjudication.

     10.  Non-Exclusivity. The provisions for indemnification and
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advancement of expenses set forth in this Agreement shall not be deemed
exclusive of any other rights which the Indemnitee may have under any provision
of law, charter documents of the Company or a subsidiary of the Company, the
vote of the Company's stockholders or disinterested directors, other agreements
or otherwise, both as to action in the Indemnitee's official capacity and to
action in another capacity while occupying his position as an Agent, and the
Indemnitee's rights hereunder shall continue after the Indemnitee has ceased
acting as an Agent and shall inure to the benefit of the heirs, executors and
administrators of the Indemnitee.

     11.  General Provisions.
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          11.1  Interpretation of Agreement. It is understood that the
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parties hereto intend this Agreement to be interpreted and enforced so as to
provide indemnification and advancement of expenses to the Indemnitee to the
fullest extent now or hereafter permitted by law, except as expressly limited
herein.

          11.2  Severability. If any provision or provisions of this
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Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable for any reason
whatsoever, then: (a) the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining
provisions of this Agreement (including, without limitation, all portions of any
paragraphs of this Agreement containing any such provision held to be invalid,
illegal or unenforceable that are not themselves invalid, illegal or
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shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby; and (b) to
the fullest extent possible, the provisions of this Agreement (including,
without limitation, all portions of any paragraphs of this Agreement containing
any such provision held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that are not
themselves invalid, illegal or unenforceable) shall be construed so as to give
effect to the intent manifested by the provision held invalid, illegal or
unenforceable and to give effect to Section 11.1 hereof.

          11.3 Modification and Waiver. No supplement, modification or amendment
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of this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing by both of the
parties hereto. No waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be
deemed or shall constitute a waiver of any other provision hereof (whether or
not similar), nor shall such waiver constitute a continuing waiver.

          11.4 Subrogation. In the event of full payment under this Agreement,
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the Company shall be subrogated to the extent of such payment to all of the
rights of recovery of the Indemnitee, who shall execute all documents required
and shall do all acts that may be necessary or desirable to secure such rights
and to enable the Company effectively to bring suit to enforce such rights.

          11.5 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
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counter-parts, which shall together constitute one agreement.

          11.6 Successors and Assigns. The terms of this Agreement shall bind,
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and shall inure to the benefit of, the successors and assigns of the parties
hereto.

          11.7 Notice. All notices, requests, demands and other communications
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under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly given: (a) if
delivered by hand and signed for by the party addressee; or (b) if mailed by
certified or registered mail, with postage prepaid, on the third business day
after the mailing date. Addresses for notice to either party are as shown on the
signature page of this Agreement or as subsequently modified by written notice.

          11.8 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed exclusively by
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and construed according to the laws of the State of Delaware.

          11.9 Consent to Jurisdiction. The Company and the Indemnitee each
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hereby irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of
California for all purposes in connection with any action or proceeding which
arises out of or relates to this Agreement.

          11.10 Enforcement of this Agreement. In the event Indemnitee is
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required to bring any action to enforce rights under this Agreement (including,
without limitation, the expenses of any Proceeding described in Section 3), the
Company agrees to pay the Indemnitee promptly upon demand all reasonable fees
and expenses (including fees and expenses of counsel) in bringing and pursuing
such action, unless a court of competent jurisdiction finds each of the material
claims of the Indemnitee in any such action was frivolous and not made in good
faith.

          11.11 Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire
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understanding and agreement of the parties to this Agreement with respect to the
subject matter hereof and 

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supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements or understandings,
inducements or conditions, express or implied, written or oral, between the
parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. The express terms hereof
control and supersede any course of performance or usage of the trade
inconsistent with any of the terms hereof.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have entered into this Indemnity
Agreement effective as of the date first written above.

AT HOME CORPORATION                      INDEMNITEE:
                                    
By: /s/                                   /s/ Patti Hart
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Name:                               
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Title:                              
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Address:                                 Address:                            
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                                   EXHIBIT C
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          Employee Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement
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     In consideration of, and as a condition of my employment with At Home
Corporation (dba @Home Network) a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), I hereby
represent to, and agree with the Company as follows:

     1. Purpose of Agreement. I understand that the Company is engaged in a
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continuous program of research, development, production and marketing in
connection with its business and that it is critical for the Company to preserve
and protect its Proprietary Information (as defined below), its rights in
Inventions (as defined below) and in all related intellectual property rights.
Accordingly, I am entering into this Agreement as a condition of my employment
with the Company, whether or not I am expected to create inventions of value for
the Company.

     2. Disclosure of Inventions. I will promptly disclose in confidence to the
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Company all inventions, improvements, designs, original works of authorship,
formulas, processes, computer software programs, databases, mask works and trade
secrets ("Inventions") that I make or conceive or first reduce to practice or
create, either alone or jointly with others, during the period of my employment,
whether or not in the course of my employment, and whether or not such
Inventions are patentable, copyrightable or protectible as trade secrets.

     3. Work for Hire; Assignment of Inventions. I acknowledge and agree that
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any copyrightable works prepared by me within the scope of my employment are
"works for hire" under the Copyright Act and that the Company will be considered
the author and owner of such copyrightable works. I agree that all Inventions
that (a) are developed using equipment, supplies, facilities or trade secrets of
the Company, (b) result from work performed by me for the Company, or (c) relate
to the Company's business or current or anticipated research and development,
will be the sole and exclusive property of the Company and are hereby
irrevocably assigned by me to the Company.

     4. Labor Code 2870 Notice. I have been notified and understand that the
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provisions of paragraphs 3 and 5 of this Agreement do not apply to any Invention
that qualifies fully under the provisions of Section 2870 of the California
Labor Code, which states as follows:

     ANY PROVISION IN AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WHICH PROVIDES THAT AN EMPLOYEE
     SHALL ASSIGN, OR OFFER TO ASSIGN, ANY OF HIS OR HER RIGHTS IN AN INVENTION
     TO HIS OR HER EMPLOYER SHALL NOT APPLY TO AN INVENTION THAT THE EMPLOYEE
     DEVELOPED ENTIRELY ON HIS OR HER OWN TIME WITHOUT USING THE EMPLOYER'S
     EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, FACILITIES, OR TRADE SECRET INFORMATION EXCEPT FOR
     THOSE INVENTIONS THAT EITHER: (1) RELATE AT THE TIME OF CONCEPTION OR
     REDUCTION TO PRACTICE OF THE INVENTION TO THE EMPLOYER'S BUSINESS, OR
     ACTUALLY OR DEMONSTRABLY ANTICIPATED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT OF THE
     EMPLOYER, OR (2) RESULT FROM ANY WORK PERFORMED BY THE EMPLOYEE FOR THE
     EMPLOYER. TO THE EXTENT A PROVISION IN AN EMPLOYMENT
     

 
     AGREEMENT PURPORTS TO REQUIRE AN EMPLOYEE TO ASSIGN AN INVENTION OTHERWISE
     EXCLUDED FROM BEING REQUIRED TO BE ASSIGNED UNDER CALIFORNIA LABOR CODE
     SECTION 2870(a), THE PROVISION IS AGAINST THE PUBLIC POLICY OF THIS STATE
     AND IS UNENFORCEABLE.


     5. Assignment of Other Rights. In addition to the foregoing assignment of
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Inventions to the Company, I hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to the
Company: (a) all worldwide patents, patent applications, copyrights, mask works,
trade secrets and other intellectual property rights in any Invention; and (b)
any and all "Moral Rights" (as defined below) that I may have in or with respect
to any Invention. I also hereby forever waive and agree never to assert any and
all Moral Rights I may have in or with respect to any Invention, even after
termination of my work on behalf of the Company. "Moral Rights" mean any rights
to claim authorship of an Invention to object to or prevent the modification of
any Invention, or to withdraw from circulation or control the publication or
distribution of any Invention, and any similar right, existing under judicial or
statutory law of any country in the world, or under any treaty, regardless of
whether or not such right is denominated or generally referred to as a "moral
right."

     6. Assistance. I agree to assist the Company in every proper way to obtain
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for the Company and enforce patents, copyrights, mask work rights, trade secret
rights and other legal protections for the Company's Inventions in any and all
countries. I will execute any documents that the Company may reasonably request
for use in obtaining or enforcing such patents, copyrights, mask work rights,
trade secrets and other legal protections. My obligations under this paragraph
will continue beyond the termination of my employment with the Company. I
appoint the Secretary of the Company as my attorney-in-fact to execute documents
on my behalf for this purpose.

     7. Proprietary Information. I understand that my employment by the Company
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creates a relationship of confidence and trust with respect to any information
of a confidential or secret nature that may be disclosed to me by the Company
that relates to the business of the Company or to the business of any parent,
subsidiary, affiliate, customer or supplier of the Company or any other party
with whom the Company agrees to hold information of such party in confidence
("Proprietary Information"). Such Proprietary Information includes but is not
limited to Inventions, marketing plans, product plans, business strategies,
financial information, forecasts, personnel information and customer lists.

     8. Confidentiality. At all times, both during my employment and after its
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termination, I will keep and hold all such Proprietary Information in strict
confidence and trust, and I will not use or disclose any of such Proprietary
Information without the prior written consent of the Company, except as may be
necessary to perform my duties as an employee of the Company for the benefit of
the Company. Upon termination of my employment with the Company, I will promptly
deliver to the Company all documents and materials of any nature pertaining to
my work with the Company and I will not take with me any documents or materials
or copies thereof containing any Proprietary Information.

     9. No Breach of Prior Agreement. I represent that my performance of all the
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terms of this Agreement and my duties as an employee of the Company will not
breach any invention 

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assignment, proprietary information or similar agreement with any former
employer or other party. I represent that I will not bring with me to the
Company or use in the performance of my duties for the Company any documents or
materials of a former employer that are not generally available to the public or
have not been legally transferred to the Company.

       10. Duty Not to Compete. I understand that my employment with the Company
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requires my undivided attention and effort. As a result, during my employment, I
will not, without the Company's express written consent, engage in, invest in
(other than an investment of less than 1% of the securities of a publicly traded
corporation) or assist in any manner any business which directly or indirectly
competes with the business or future business plans of the Company.

       11. Notification. I hereby authorize the Company to notify my actual or
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future employers of the terms of this Agreement and my responsibilities
hereunder.

       12. Non-Solicitation. During, and for a period of one (1) year after
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termination of, my employment with the Company, I will not directly or
indirectly solicit or take away suppliers, customers, employees or consultants
of the Company for my own benefit or for the benefit of any other party.

       13. Name & Likeness Rights, Etc. I hereby authorize the Company to use,
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reuse, and to grant others the right to use and reuse, my name, photograph,
likeness (including caricature), voice, and biographical information, and any
reproduction or simulation thereof, in any media now known or hereafter
developed (including but not limited to film, video and digital or other
electronic media), both during and after my employment, for whatever purposes
the Company deems necessary.

       14. No Duty to Employ; "At Will" Employment. I understand that this
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Agreement does not constitute a contract of employment or obligate the Company
to employ me for any stated period of time. I understand that I am an "at will"
employee of the Company. At-will means that my employment relationship can be
terminated by either of us for any reason at any time. This Agreement shall be
effective as of the first day of my employment by the Company

       15. Injunctive Relief. I understand that in the event of a breach or
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threatened breach of this Agreement by me the Company may suffer irreparable
harm and will therefore be entitled to injunctive relief to enforce this
Agreement.


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       16. Governing Law; Severability. This Agreement will be governed and
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interpreted in accordance with the internal laws of the State of California,
without regard to or application of choice of law rules or principles. In the
event that any provision of this Agreement is found by a court, arbitrator or
other tribunal to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, then such provision
shall not be voided, but shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible
under applicable law, and the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full
force and effect.

Company:                                  Employee:
                                      
                                      
                                      
By: /s/                                    /s/ Patti Hart
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                                          Signature
                                      
Name:                                                                         
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                                          Name (please print)
                                      
Title:                                
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