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New web browser launching this week

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)-- Web browser pioneer Marc Andreessen is betting people are ready to try a different way of surfing the Internet.  That's why he is backing a new browser call RockMelt, which will be available for the first time Monday after nearly two years in development.

RockMelt 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.  Andreessen revolutionized Internet with the introduction of the Netscape browser in the mid-1990s.  He is helping to fund and advise RockMelt as a member of the startup's board of directors.

The new browser was created by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria, who used to work for Andreessen.

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