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Custom browser for Facebook

Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named silo.gifMarshall Kirkpatrick, my partner in the Bad Hair podcast, has a scoop worthy of comment on Scripting News.  Permalink to this paragraph

Apparently Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape and a new venture capitalist, is backing a venture to create a custom browser for Facebook. Permalink to this paragraph

There are many millions of people who would go for this, it's a no-brainer. Permalink to this paragraph

On the other hand, it's a throwback to an earlier era -- AOL also had its own browser. Helps cement Facebook's position as the AOL for this decade. Permalink to this paragraph

The silo gets cushier, but it's still a silo. A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

Marshall goes on to say "it's contrary to the growing storm of support building for a distributed framework for social networking." Amen to that.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://rsscloud.org/  Permalink to this paragraph

BTW, we have a great pair of guests for our podcast, live this evening at 7PM Pacific. Details forthcoming. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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