Posts Tagged ‘Netscape’

AOL Patent Deal Means Microsoft Now Holds Vestiges of Netscape

April 10th, 2012 04:44 admin View Comments


inode_buddha writes “It’s part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it’s something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen points out that MS now has a significant chunk of the old Netscape. What are the ramifications for Mozilla?”

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Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

October 28th, 2011 10:50 admin View Comments


Glyn Moody writes “In an interview, Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and currently CIO at Mozilla, reveals that Microsoft tried to buy Netscape at the end of 1994. They were turned down because the offer was too low, but imagine if Netscape had accepted: no browser wars, no open Web standards, no Mozilla, no Firefox. How might the Web — and the world — have looked today if that had happened?”

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Accel, Khosla, and Andreessen Horowitz Pour Another $30 Million Into Social Browser RockMelt

June 28th, 2011 06:14 admin View Comments

Is there a future for social browser startup RockMelt? Despite attracting only a few hundred thousand active users since its much-hyped launch, the company filled with ex-Netscape rockstars and backed by former Netscape founder Marc Andreessen just managed to raise another $30 million in a B round led by Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures, with Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Bill Campbell and Josh Kopelman also participating. Jim Breyetr of Accel and Vinod Khosla will be joining the board as observers. That’s some pretty serious money.

What do these investors see in RockMelt that most users don’t? Could it have anything to do with the special interest Facebook is showing towards the social browser? After all, both Marc Andreessen and Jim Breyer are now board members of both RockMelt and Facebook. Seems like an interesting coincidence.

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Retro Browser War: IE6 Vs. Netscape In 2011

February 24th, 2011 02:00 admin View Comments

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jbrodkin writes “What if you took the raw, pre-patched, 10-year-old versions of Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 6.1 and tried to surf the modern Web? What would happen? You might think firing up IE6 or Netscape would lead to an immediate onslaught of viruses, but just for fun, I decided to spend some time using these two ancient browsers. It turns out IE6 is still capable of surfing much of the modern Internet, and can play Flash and Java content, but Netscape’s troubles show it probably died a justified death.”

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Will 2011 Finally Be the Year of the Cleantech IPO? (TCTV)

November 24th, 2010 11:11 admin View Comments

In retrospect, Tesla may have been cleantech’s Netscape moment. It didn’t get off to the world’s greatest start, but like a few other venture-backed IPOs, lately it has been trading at nearly double its opening price.

Meanwhile, a few other cleantech companies have filed S-1s and several more are waiting in the wings, watching to see what the market does. To continue the Netscape analogy, 2011 could even see Elon Musk emerge as the new Jim Clark if one of his other companies SolarCity files as some expect.

Nat Goldhaber of the venture firm Claremont Creek Ventures argues that 2011 will be the year of the cleantech IPO, and it’s not just because of those handful of hot companies are finally ready for primetime and bankers are itching to take them out. Several factors are finally coming together including general improvement in the economy, soaring global demand for energy and a sense that more favorable cleantech regulation is inevitable, at least on a state level.

Goldhaber joined me by Skype to talk about what sectors and companies could lead next year’s IPO wave and which company in his portfolio has him the most excited. (There’s also talk of jetpacks and robot butlers…)

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Andreesen Offers New Browser ‘Rockmelt’

November 8th, 2010 11:11 admin View Comments

DrHeasley writes “Rockmelt, available for the first time Monday, 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. It tries to minimize the need to roam from one website to the next by corralling all vital information and favorite services in panes and drop-down windows. ‘This is a chance for us to build a browser all over again,’ Andreessen said. ‘These are all things we would have done (at Netscape) if we had known how people were going to use the Web.’”

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The Twelve Most Tarnished Brands In Tech

December 31st, 2009 12:33 admin View Comments

harrymcc writes “Polaroid, Netscape, CompuServe, Westinghouse, Heathkit — these were once among the most respected names in the technology business. They’re still around, but what’s happened to them is just plain sad. I took a look at the tragic fates of a dozen mighty brands that have, in one way or another, fallen on hard times.”

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