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Web browser pioneer backs new way to surf internet


The web has changed a lot since Marc Andreessen revolutionized the internet with the introduction of his Netscape browser in the mid-1990s. That’s why he’s betting people are ready to try a different web-surfing technique on a new browser called RockMelt, reports the Associated Press. The browser, available for the first time Monday, is built on the premise that most online activity today revolves around socializing on Facebook, searching on Google, tweeting on Twitter and monitoring a handful of favorite websites. It tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in panes and drop-down windows.

“This is a chance for us to build a browser all over again,” Andreessen said. “These are all things we would have done (at Netscape) if we had known how people were going to use the web.”

Andreessen didn’t develop the RockMelt browser the way he did Netscape, whose early popularity waned as Microsoft Corp. bundled its Internet Explorer browser with the Windows operating system. RockMelt is the handiwork of Tim Howes and Eric Vishria, who formerly worked with Andreessen. But Andreessen’s seal of approval has been stamped on startup…

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