A New Browser Battle

BO MATHISEN/GALBE.COM for TIME

NORWAY RULES: Trolltech, whose boss Erik Eng is shown above, touts a Linux-based browser

Anyone who bet on the perpetually recycled promise that the Internet was about to find a new home on the displays of mobile phones is probably broke by now. Although beset by bad marketing and uncertain demand, the mobile Internet's fundamental problem has been that the tiny phone screen is a lousy way to absorb information from the Net.

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but that may be about to change. Opera, the tiny Norwegian upstart whose PC browser has in the last 18 months lured some 12 million customers away from products like Microsoft's...

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