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Netscape creator launches new web browser

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Aug 2009 0:56 User comments (11)

Netscape creator launches new web browser Netscape Communications founder Marc Andreessen has launched a new web browser, dubbed RockMelt along with two former partners, Eric Vishria and Tim Howes.
Howes and Andreessen sold their company, Opsware Inc to Hewlett-Packard two years ago for $1.6 billion USD.

Not much else is known about the browser but it appears that it will be designed in some way to work directly with Facebook. Andreessen is a board member of the social networking site.

"There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch,"
added Andressen in a past interview with the NYTimes.

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11 user comments

119.8.2009 1:05

RockMelt... Interesting name for a web browser. Where'd they get it from?

219.8.2009 1:34

@Morreale, I too wonder where they got the name from.

I'm not sure why they would want to create a browser that would be designed specifically for a fad...err...I mean, facebook.

319.8.2009 2:42

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
@Morreale, I too wonder where they got the name from.

I'm not sure why they would want to create a browser that would be designed specifically for a fad...err...I mean, facebook.
cant be much worse than Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise, can it?

419.8.2009 12:09

Flock already serves this purpose of integrating with the various networking sites.

519.8.2009 12:21

Clever marketing tactic - using very similar colors to the firefox logo.

619.8.2009 16:10

What's that Marc? You're market share's increasingly shrinking? So you've copied the increasingly popular Google Chrome and started from scratch? I see.

720.8.2009 12:15

Nice article, but I thought Jim Clark was the founder and creator of the Netscape Browser.

820.8.2009 12:26

The logo reminds me of when Vulcan was destroyed by Nero's ship in the new Star Trek film.

920.8.2009 12:30
varnull
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Lets look at this name.. netscape.. spun open source into firefox.. which has all kinds of spinoffs.. iceweasel seamonkey sourgrapes hotnuts and who knows how many more variants..
Guess I know where it's coming from.. probably installs with a "mozilla" directory hidden somewhere. Why don't we all just use lynx and be happy?

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1020.8.2009 14:34

RockMelt? Just call it Lava...

1121.8.2009 21:00

I would love to be one of the first testers of this new browser.

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