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Google Browser in the works?


We have long known the Netscape vs. Explorer browser war; that's World Wide Web history 101 for you! After Netscape 7 versus Explorer there has not been any update... but mozilla has been in the background and kept alive by loyal users. On the side, myie2 or maxthon came up but remained unnoticed. Opera is there as well but recently it's the Mozilla Firefox versus Explorer. Now there's news of a Netscape comeback. In the background we find Google Labs, Froogle and Gmail --- and that company's IPO in the midst of expansion into other services. Even the localization efforts of Google (making google.com.ph the default or your particular cctld) and their various translations elsewhere in the world would suggest active positioning towards strengthening its foothold globally even on regional searches.

Haven't you wondered if a Google browser is in the works? The guys at Google believe in "don't be evil" --- and as far as any netizen is concerned, I don't think there's anything more satanic than a browser possessed!
Wouldn't it just make sense for Google to use the labeling system in its gmail --- into labeling bookmarks some techie user of linkfilter suggested? Is it not possible to use blogger and Atom's RSS to make live bookmarks more possible --- and create a browser - email client suite that uses keywords for labeling? Or perhaps a CRM-Browser-Client hybrid where notes to emails aside from mere labels can be made? After all, Picasa, their latest acquisition is using keywords a la labels for easier picture search.

All that for free --- with the only catch being google search is the default in the URL bar --- as myie2's main feature. Now here's the better part of the my story --- Using allwhois.com and some hints from somewhere in netdom that gbrowser is gmails I tried to confirmed it:

Registrant: Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA
94043 US

Domain Name: gbrowser.com

Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
Registrar Whois:
Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com

Administrative Contact:
DNS Admin (NIC-1467103)
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043 US
Fax- +1.6506188571
Contact, Zone Contact:
DNS Admin (NIC-1467103)
Google Inc. 1600
Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA
94043 US
Fax- +1.6506188571

Created on..............: 2004-Apr-26.
Expires on..............: 2006-Apr-26.
Record last updated
on..: 2004-Apr-26 16:46:39.

Domain servers in listed order:


All these info above of course is publicly available information. So Gbrowser - is it possible, is it in the works? Note that the create date was April 26, 2004 while Gmail.com's registration is Aug-13,1995. I wonder if my Netsol friends can tell me who owned Gmail prior to google or if it was google's already. But either way, this means gbrowser is indeed coming! Gmail being in beta --- may take some months before it is full blast, or perhaps they keep it that way - in as much as google news is 3 years into beta already... this means gbrowser will take more time and we have to wait more it seems till the good guys at google google their way into this website perhaps and happily proclaim --- we got to do the world good service by getting this browser up! Perhaps I'm wrong even - perhaps its in the works and after engineers googled their way into this site --- they say - oh look at this guy how old his news is...

Well nobody outside Google would know perhaps. But Hope is a good thing, it's not evil. I therefore, conclude it's on and it's coming soon!

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posted by Jdavies @ 10/14/2004,


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Jdavies lives in Quezon City, Philippines and has been blogging since 2002. A brand manager in a leading technology company and a freelance new media/web strategy consultant, he has refocused his blogging from personal, political & sociological observations, to marketing-related efforts and Internet trends that are relevant to his career and branding advocacies.

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This blog is a depot of thoughts and observations on marketing trends which remain personally relevant to the Author as far as his marketing career is concerned. Having evolved from the personal blog of Jdavies, much of the earlier work contained herein are laced with personal speculation, political views, and similar advocacies. These posts are being kept for posterity's sake and for no other reason. No effort is being made to claim that the author will not contradict himself from his previous positions or that such advocacies are absolute.


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