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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Ah crap!
by win2linconvert on Sat 26th May 2012 04:38 UTC
win2linconvert
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2012-02-02

I sure hope not. If Facebook acquires Opera, I'm finding a new browser to use. Am I the onlyone who is sick and tired of all of these acquisitions. These companies are too big and too arrogant. Pretty soon we are going to have only two or three companies owning everything. Can you say "Monopoly".

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RE: Ah crap!
by Morgan on Sat 26th May 2012 10:24 in reply to "Ah crap!"
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2005-06-29

I would imagine it would be much cheaper for Facebook to build their own browser out of WebKit or some other open project, especially given Zukerberg's history as a software guy. It might take a little bit longer, but would involve less spending, less lawyers and much more positive publicity in the tech circles.

On the other hand, Facebook lately seems to have the "throw a wad of cash at it" approach to innovating.

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RE[2]: Ah crap!
by PresentIt on Sat 26th May 2012 10:41 in reply to "RE: Ah crap!"
PresentIt Member since:
2010-02-10

I would imagine it would be much cheaper for Facebook to build their own browser out of WebKit or some other open project, especially given Zukerberg's history as a software guy. It might take a little bit longer, but would involve less spending, less lawyers and much more positive publicity in the tech circles.


It would probably not be cheaper in the long run because they would be competing with Google and Apple over the best WebKit engineers.

They would also have to share with Google and Apple, and wouldn't have full control.

On the other hand, if they buy Opera, they get complete control of the entire browser and don't have to share anything with anyone. They get access to exclusive technology with a bunch of experts who know it inside and out.

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