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RockMelt team

The team at RockMelt in Mountain View, Calif. From left, Tim Howes, Eric Vishria, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.

Jim Wilson / The New York Times

Silicon Valley is awash in tales of the "PayPal Mafia," the tight-knit group of PayPal alumni who have helped one another start and finance a crop of new companies.

But William V. Campbell, who is something of a godfather figure in the Valley, said, in a rare interview, "There is a 'Netscape Mafia,' too."

And as Mafia families sometimes do, the Netscape Mafia is coming together for a reunion.

On Monday, RockMelt, a company founded and financed by a group of Netscape alumni, will release a new Web browser, 16 years after Netscape introduced the first commercial Internet browser, and 12 years after the company was sold to AOL after its defeat by Microsoft in the so-called browser wars.

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