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Google Unveils Open-source Browser
Search giant Google announced on Monday that it would release an open-source browser, written from the ground up to run faster, work better with the Web and better secure users' data.
"To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff -- the pages, sites and applications that make up the web," the company said in its announcement. "Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go."
The major browsers have all added security features in the past few years to better protect their users. In June, both Mozilla and Opera released the latest versions of their browsers, adding blacklists for blocking sites that host malware. Microsoft announced a similar feature, currently available in the beta version of its browser, Internet Explorer 8.
Google plans to release the beta version of Chrome on Tuesday. The Web page rendering engine, Webkit, adopted by Google is also used in Apple's Safari browser.
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Posted by: Robert Lemos