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Now let's talk about an investment in technology. Somebody at Google clicked the send button a little too early and leaked details of the company's first Web browser. It's called Chrome, and it is out today. It ups Google's competition with Microsoft, as NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

LAURA SYDELL: Google's commissioned a comic to explain its new browser - and it was all over the Web on Monday. In an online statement, one of the browser's creators admitted they hadn't been quite ready for the launch, but it's happening anyway.

Sundar Pichai wrote that Google is creating a browser that's designed for today's Web - the implication being that Microsoft's Internet Explorer is outdated. Pichai's note says the company has designed a browser that's more in sync with the video and audio blossoming on today's Web as content migrates from television, radio and newspapers.

Right now Internet Explorer has 75 percent of the market. Google's new browser is no doubt a response to company concerns that Microsoft could abuse its power by manipulating the settings on Explorer to draw people away from Google's search engine.

A Microsoft statement dismissed concerns about competition from Google, saying its latest technology puts the services users want at their fingertips.

Laura Sydell, NPR News, San Francisco.

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