Our ExtraBITS this week revolve around developer Nolan Lawson, who sparked discussion recently with a pair of blog posts suggesting that Safari is the new Internet Explorer in terms of holding back Web standards.
 -- Safari has become the new Internet Explorer, at least if you agree with developer Nolan Lawson. In a blog post, Lawson laments Apple’s absence at the recent EdgeConf developer conference and goes on to chide Apple for not properly implementing new Web technologies in Safari. Lawson argues that as a result, Safari is holding the Web back, just like Internet Explorer once did.
 -- Developer Nolan Lawson has penned a followup to his “Safari is the new IE” blog post, apologizing for some of it, but standing by his original points that Safari is not keeping up with Web standards, Apple is too secretive, and Apple is acting like a monopoly by not allowing other rendering engines in iOS. But most of all, he’s frustrated with Apple’s lack of interaction with the Web developer community. Lawson links all of the recent meetups and conferences, which Apple has skipped, to the fact that the Web is fast becoming the world’s most advanced cross-platform application runtime.