Netscape Founder Reenters Browser Battle

Details hushed on RockMelt project
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:11 AM CDT
Marc Andreessen and wife Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen look at a cell phone during a Stanford basketball game in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Jan. 3, 2008 photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Stung but not discouraged by Netscape's loss to Internet Explorer in the browser battles of the 1990s, Netscape’s founder is getting back in the game, the New York Times reports. Marc Andreessen is funding a startup called RockMelt, which is developing a new browser of its own. “We have backed a really good team,” says Andreesen, now a Silicon Valley financier.

RockMelt’s software, Andreessen says, will mark a change in the browser world. Currently available browsers haven’t fully adapted to the growing potential of the web. “There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch,” he says. He and RockMelt’s founders are keeping quiet about details—but a now-removed privacy policy on the firm’s website suggested it will tie in with Facebook.
(Read more RockMelt stories.)