Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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What would happen to Opera Mini?
by Morgan on Fri 25th May 2012 19:27 UTC
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Opera Mobile/Mini is the only alternative to Pocket IE I have on the ancient WinCE based barcode scanners I'm responsible for maintaining at my part time job. If Facebook buys Opera, and does away with the gateway that allows the mobile apps to function, our company will have to spend several thousand dollars for new hardware to maintain compatibility with the database we use. That's money that is not in the budget, and while it ensures job security for me, it's not an ideal situation by far.

Please understand that I'm not saying Facebook should drop interest because of its potential impact on one little online sales company, I'm simply offering an anecdote about the impact such decisions have at this level. In fact, I'd love for my company to be able to upgrade us to the latest hardware; it would certainly make my job easier in the long run. I just find it sad that a corporate buyout by a company that has nothing to do with our business could affect us so greatly. But, that's the way the business world works every day.

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