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Yahoo buys social-browser maker Rockmelt, will ax apps

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer continued her fast-and-furious shopping spree Friday with the acquisition of Rockmelt, makers of a browser that specializes in deep social-media integration. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 4-year-old startup said its apps will be shuttered at the end of the month.

"Yahoo and Rockmelt share a common goal: To help people discover the best content from around the Web," Rockmelt co-founders Tim Howes and Eric Vishria wrote on the company blog.

Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, citing sources, reported that Yahoo paid between $60 million and $70 million for Rockmelt. Though Rockmelt'… Read more

Rockmelt launches Android app with enhanced navigation

After tinkering and perfecting, Rockmelt has finally released its app for Android.

The company announced Wednesday that to get this app ready for the public, it had to make sure it was "the right experience for Android users and not merely a port of an iOS app."

So, what are the differences between the social browser's Android and iOS app? A lot.

First of all, the Android app is tooled for bigger screens, which means navigation is at the bottom of the screen in portrait mode and on the right in landscape mode. Also, as users scroll … Read more

Consolidate your content in Rockmelt

The sheer volume of information people interact with each day is overwhelming. Articles, blog posts, Facebook posts, and tweets -- it's impossible for many to keep track and stressful for others who try. So apps like Rockmelt are becoming increasingly popular. Designed to consolidate your favorite Web sites and content sources into a single interface for reading, sharing, and saving, Rockmelt is a very effective app in many ways, and in others very much in need of updates and refinement.

Upon installation, Rockmelt prompts you to sign in to at least one social account. You can alternately create an … Read more

Integrate Facebook into Internet browsing with RockMelt for Mac

Integrating Facebook into other applications has been the focus of developers in recent years. RockMelt for Mac attempts to combine a Web browser with Facebook, but privacy concerns and poor functionality make this a problematic application.

Available as freeware, the program downloads quickly. Installation is another story, however. Initially, you are prompted to enter Facebook log-in information before the program begins. Once it's entered, the next setup dialog box presents troublesome privacy concerns. Essentially, RockMelt for Mac seeks authorization to control almost all of the user's Facebook features and permissions. This lack of user control is concerning for … Read more

Facebook browser

Facebook fanatics should check out RockMelt, a free Web browser that integrates Facebook in its features and interface. It's based on the same open-source browser kernel as Google Chrome, so it's fast and versatile. RockMelt displays your friends, services, and other Facebook features right inside its interface. It's incredibly easy to share stuff with friends, too. While RockMelt works perfectly well as an everyday browser, it's specially configured for Facebook users, and its integrated features may be less appealing to others.

When we opened RockMelt for the first time, the setup wizard contacted Facebook and offered … Read more

RockMelt browser is social, but not obnoxiously so

First take:

Is it worth switching to a new browser? Marc Andreessen never had to force users to ask that question when he built Mosaic in 1993. For most early adopters, it was their first browser.

But now he's backing the development of another browser, RockMelt. This browser is not perfect, but it does show that there's room yet in the market. If Facebook built a browser, it would probably look a lot like this.

This has been tried before. The other social Web browser, Flock, integrates Facebook features. Also, like Flock (at least the new 3.0 version), … Read more

RockMelt browser is social, but not obnoxiously so

First take:

Is it worth switching to a new browser? Marc Andreessen never had to force users to ask that question when he built Mosaic in 1993. For most early adopters, it was their first browser.

But now he's backing the development of another browser, RockMelt. This browser is not perfect, but it does show that there's room yet in the market. If Facebook built a browser, it would probably look a lot like this.

This has been tried before. The other social Web browser, Flock, integrates Facebook features. Also, like Flock (at least the new 3.0 version), … Read more

Buzz Out Loud 1349: YAFE: Yet Another Facebook Event

In titles we didn't use because they're not SEO-friendly, topics today include the fact that it's on like Brian Tong (tm), Jessica Simpson's tooth fur, gold does grow on trees, and tiny fists of rage. We interview RockMelt's CEO and ask him to explain that name, and we preview the latest TRON trailer MST3K style. Did we mention the tooth fur? Ew. --Molly

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Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

Google is providing free Wi-Fi on several airlines' domestic flights for the holidays

A new browser called RockMelt will make you even more attached to your social networks

Hasbro is bringing back the viewfinder, only this time it's for the iPhone and it's in 3D

The Motorola Droid Pro is available for preorder today

3D glasses are coming soon from Oakley, Machon, and Calvin Klein

Your cell phone may soon be able to diagnose an STD

Baby browsers and other utilities

Though the Big Five browsers duke it out to see which one can come up with the best mix of speed, compatibility, and add-ons, social networking bruisers Flock 3 and RockMelt beta have taken off the kid gloves to beat each other senseless over Twitter and Facebook integration. We pit the two minor leaguers against one another in a head-to-head blog with plenty of video goodness to keep you interested.

In other news, iTunes 10.1 is out now, and with it comes AirPlay, the new feature that will allow videos to be streamed to an Apple TV. Apple introduced … Read more