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Source: Yahoo!

The browser wars have gotten livelier with new entries and updates, with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, and Apple’s Safari all scrambling for attention. But a warrior from the first browser war is apparently gearing up for battle once more. Netscape founder-turned-investor Marc Andreessen is backing a new company, Rockmelt, that is developing a next-generation Web browser, according to the New York Times.

Like Google’s approach with its Chrome browser, Rockmelt is optimizing the Web browser for the current demands of the Internet, such as running Web-based applications or Web apps.

“There are all kinds of things that you would do differently [today] if you are building a browser from scratch,” Andreessen told the New York Times earlier this year. Rockmelt was founded by Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, both of whom were executives at Opsware, a company co-founded by Andreessen and sold to Hewlett-Packard in 2007.

Few details are available about how Rockmelt’s browser is different. The Times reports one interesting tidbit: Rockmelt’s Website reportedly posted a privacy policy, since removed, that mentioned some sort of Facebook integration. The policy said you could “use a Facebook ID to log into RockMelt.” It’s not clear what this means, but I wonder if Rockmelt plans to store your Facebook credentials as an automatic login feature for Facebook Connect-enabled Web sites. Andreessen, it should be noted, serves on Facebook’s board, but the Times says Rockmelt and Facebook are not working together on the Web browser. Read More

Written by dnnnewshound

August 16, 2009 at 12:06 am

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