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Netscape Founder Backs Facebook-linked Rockmelt Browser

Marc Andreessen, one of the co-founders of the Netscape browser, which brought the web to millions of users in the 1990s, is overtly backing a new browser start-up, dubbed as “RockMelt”, in an apparent attempt to make a comeback in the internet browser domain.

Quoting some unnamed sources, The New York Times reported that Andreessen is actually investing significantly in the new browser start-up, owned by the duo Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, with whom Andreessen co-founded Opsware Inc., which was later snapped up by Hewlett Packard in 2007.

The new web browser will compete with some of the established players in the internet browser domains in the likes of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Although little is known about the new web browser yet, but the reports from the Times clearly indicated that the browser would be tailored to work with the social networking site Facebook.

In his interview with the Times back in summer, Andreessen asserted that the web has now become a complex network of complex websites that require an innovative web browser to cater to the needs of the users effectively.

Citing the same, he said, “There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch”.

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