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Marc Andreessen Returns to Browser Battle

Marc Andreessen, the high-tech titan with the hardest name to spell (even his first name is tricky) is reentering the browser space. His idea is not quite revolutionary, but is far different than what IE, FireFox, Chrome and Safari are currently up to.

Similar to how Outlook 2010 ties into social networks, the new RockMelt browser revolves around social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (does anyone even use this anymore? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com).

The browser actually requires a Facebook account. It then collects the comings and goings of your social interactions so you don't have to hit a million different Web sites.

Andreessen isn't writing the browser this time, but instead is a key investor and a bit of an evangelist.

By the way, have seen the movie The Social Network? I thought it was more annoying than Fran Drescher's laugh. Agree or disagree at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/08/2010 at 1:18 PM


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