Facebook helps itself by helping RockMelt browser

By the Associated Press | June 14, 2011 | 10:59 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook has updated its status to include a relationship with RockMelt. That's an upstart Web browser revolving around Facebook's online hangout.

The business partnership announced Tuesday resulted in the latest update to the Facebook-driven Web browser that RockMelt introduced late last year.

The changes include several new features that ensure RockMelt's Web browser will never truly leave Facebook, even if its users are surfing elsewhere.

The new version built Facebook friend requests, messages and notifications into the browser's top panel so users will be able to keep tabs on what's happening on their Facebook pages no matter where might be on the Web. The upgrade also makes it easier for RockMelt users to keep track of their Facebook friends and chat with them from within the browser.