Built for Speed

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Google has introduced its own Web browser, called Google Chrome. The browser enters a field of heavyweights led by Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3, both recently introduced. Google says Google Chrome is designed to do a better job with the rich interactive applications that are now commonplace on the Web.

They said Google Chrome promises to load pages faster and more securely, but it also includes a new engine for loading interactive JavaScript code, dubbed V8, that is designed to run the next generation of not-yet-invented Web applications.

"What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build," Pichai and Upson wrote.

A Google spokesman declined to comment beyond the blog post.

"The browser landscape is highly competitive," Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, said in a statement.

"People will choose Internet Explorer 8 for the way it puts the services they want right at their fingertips, respects their personal choices about how they want to browse and, more than any other browsing technology, (it) puts them in control of their personal data online," Hachamovitch said.

Going Incognito

Google confirmed that it had prematurely mailed a copy of a comic book. Blogoscope's writer, Philipp Lenssen, scanned and published the 38-page comic here

Chrome organizes information into tabbed pages. Web programs can be launched in their own dedicated windows. It also offers a variety of features to make the browser more stable and secure, according to the comic book guide.

Among Chrome's features is a special privacy mode that lets users create an "incognito" window where "nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer." This is a read-only feature with access to one's bookmarks of favorite sites.

Once available for testing on Tuesday, the browser can be downloaded at www.google.com/chrome/.

(Additional reporting by Daisuke Wakabayashi in Seattle, Paritosh Bansal and Nick Zieminski in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Jan Paschal)


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