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    Default New Web Browser Caters to Black Americans

    For African-American Web surfers who just can't relate to their browsers, there's hope: the Blackbird Web browser.



    Billed as "the Web browser for the African-American community," it's a modification of Mozilla Firefox with a different color scheme black and earthy shades of green and brown as well as certain built-in features meant to appeal to black Americans.

    These include "Black Search," which brings up results tailored to what its backers assume are African-American interests; "Black News Ticker," which does more of the same; and "Blackbird TV," which is "the best of Black video on the Web."

    "We believe that the Blackbird application can make it easier to find African American related content on the Internet and to interact with other members of the African American community online by sharing stories, news, comments and videos via Blackbird," reads a press release posted by 40A, the somewhat mysterious firm behind the browser, on the CrunchBase Web site.

    Downloads (for Windows XP and Vista only) are free; the project claims to be funded by ads and targeted links.

    Reaction from black bloggers, tech writers and commenters has been, shall we say, a bit mixed.

    "Wait, why do I need a special Web browser?" asked Gizmodo writer Adrian Covert. "Last time I checked, I don't physically browse the Internet any different than anyone else."

    "The way this browser is marketed, the language, and the very idea that Black people somehow need a different piece of software to deal with the Internet all rubs me the wrong way," wrote K.T. Bradford of Laptop magazine.

    The BlackWeb 2.0 blog was more supportive.

    "There is a Black culture and a Black Experience, and this naturally translates online and into any other medium since we are all a part of the human race," regular poster "Markus" wrote. "In 2008 it is not wrong to want to identify with your culture regardless of what that culture may be or how you choose to identify with it."

    But the angriest reaction came from a commenter on Gizmodo who calls himself "Cordfucious the Ubuntu Walker."

    "I am offended at this," he posted. "As a Black man in this country I don't need a browser to help my kids find culturally relevant material... it's the damn WORLD WIDE WEB... not the Black Web, or White Web or Yellow Web. ... It's s--- like this that burns me up. I need to tell my wife (who is Hispanic) that the[y] need the BlackBean browser for the Hispanic community."
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    Can they do web cams from inside prision cells?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothingontv View Post
    Can they do web cams from inside prision cells?
    There was one used on CSI last evening, so if it's on tv it has to be true, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    There was one used on CSI last evening, so if it's on tv it has to be true, right?
    Given his name here, TV would have to take your word for it, as apparently either doesn't have cable or the antenna fell off the house. Of course, if nothing else, he could watch the ant fights on the tube.
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    I wonder what the Muslim browser would look like? Hmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothingontv View Post
    Yeah, something like that.

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    I am sure more symbols. half moons and swords would be part of the design process, but yeah - pretty close I think.

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