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"You may recall that about a decade ago a company called Netscape launched the internet era with a new killer application called a web browser; that Netscape was subsequently expunged by Microsoft, the world's largest software company; and that Microsoft's copycat browser, called Internet Explorer, has held, in effect, a monopoly ever since. Until recently, this 'history' of the web was broadly correct. Yet something very odd is going on that may yet require history to be rewritten. And that has a lot to do with Mitchell Baker, formerly of Netscape but nowadays the 'chief lizard wrangler' (sic) of a non-profit foundation called Mozilla, whose main product is a web browser called Firefox..."

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