The minimalist Chrome browser from Google is built for a future that blurs the lines between web and desktop, writes New York Times technology columnist David Pogue. Google argues that current web browsers were designed eons ago, before so many of the developments that characterize today's web: video everywhere, scams and spyware, viruses that lurk even on legitimate sites, web-based games, and ambitious web-based programs like Google's own Docs word processor. As Google's blog puts it, "We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the

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