ZDNet broke this story today in the UK and Australia–but I can’t find it on the US web site yet. Google registered gbrowser.com in April. They’ve hired some browser developers and hosted the Mozilla developers meeting last month.
Meanwhile, Google’s stock price continues ticking upwards as more and more people realize how search dominance can springboard Google into so many other business opportunities. And unlike the first generation search engines, Google is too smart to clutter up their search results. But they can keeping launching and acquiring other services (Gmail, Orkut, Blogger, Picasa) and end up with a huge number of successful web properties.
I’ll be very surprised if Google’s market cap doesn’t exceed Yahoo’s by the end of Q1 2005; and I’m sticking with my earlier prediction that it will exceed Microsoft’s before 2020.