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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Something unique to Opera
by foldingstock on Fri 25th May 2012 20:06 UTC
foldingstock
Member since:
2008-10-30

It doesn't make sense to purchase Opera when there are dozens of open source browsers that could easily be forked and rebranded, assuming that FaceBook just wants to enter the browser market, of course. With this in mind, it seems to me that there is something specific about Opera (mobile? unite? one of the plethora of add-in features?) that FaceBook wants which other browser's do not (entirely or easily) offer.

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RE: Something unique to Opera
by ephracis on Fri 25th May 2012 20:25 in reply to "Something unique to Opera"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

I counter your logic with one Mark Z.

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RE: Something unique to Opera
by Morgan on Fri 25th May 2012 20:25 in reply to "Something unique to Opera"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I think it's something to do with the way Opera Mobile/Mini's HTTP requests are routed through Opera's servers and "optimized" for the small screen. During that journey there is a wealth of personal data to be mined for advertisers.

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RE: Something unique to Opera
by PresentIt on Fri 25th May 2012 22:05 in reply to "Something unique to Opera"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

It doesn't make sense to purchase Opera when there are dozens of open source browsers that could easily be forked and rebranded

But they would have to share technology with Google (WebKit is the only realistic alternative).

With Opera, they would own the entire browser and have something special that they had 100% control of, unlike WebKit.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, but right now, does anyone actually test their css/html/js for opera? I admit to only occasionally doing it. Its mostly standards compliant, but it still does things differently than webkit, gecko, and ie when sites don't conform to the standards.

They'd have the "opportunity" to keep all their changes to themselves, but they'd be paying for all of the work that makes a browser a browser instead of sharing that cost with other companies like apple and google. I don't think it makes sense.

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RE: Something unique to Opera
by dionicio on Sun 27th May 2012 17:39 in reply to "Something unique to Opera"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Maybe something about QT

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PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

Maybe something about QT

QT? You mean Qt, which Opera isn't really using and hasn't ever used on anything but Linux?

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RE: Something unique to Opera
by libray on Wed 30th May 2012 02:00 in reply to "Something unique to Opera"
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

Opera has tons of personal data on its users. That would be quite valuable for Facebook to purchase

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