Friday, August 14, 2009

Netscape founder backs new browser RockMelt


Netscape Communications founder Marc Andreessen is reportedly back in the Internet browser business, backing a new browser named RockMelt that is being created by a pair of former business partners.

The New York Times reported that it has been told by unnamed sources that Andreessen is helping Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, who he co-founded Opsware Inc. with. Howes also worked with him at Netscape. Opsware was sold to Hewlett-Packard Co. (NASDAQ:HPQ) in 2007 for $1.6 billion.

Little is known about the new browser, but the Times reported that language that was included in the privacy policy indicated that it is designed to work somehow with Facebook. Andreessen is on the board of the Palo Alto social networking service.

In an interview with the Times earlier this summer, Andreessen hinted that he was backing creation of a new browser but didn't provide details, only saying, "There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch."

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