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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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 26th May 2012 07:28 UTC
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What a reduculous idea would be for users to have "site-dedicated" browser. Total nonsense. And it doesn't matter how juge is the community focused around that site.

Now, I can perfectly understand motives and intensions: Facebook's incentive for world internet domination, but that just doesn't sound right. It reminds me of Netscape and AOL. People thought that Netscape/AOL *is the actual internet*.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Neolander on Sat 26th May 2012 07:39 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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As far as I'm concerned, a web browser with "integrated", unremovable Facebook functionality is exactly like a phone OS with the same "feature", which already exists. So it seems that the market is there.

However, I can't wait to hear about a variant of Cyanogenmod for web browsers if that would happen ;)

Edited 2012-05-26 07:40 UTC

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RE: Comment by marcp
by anda_skoa on Sun 27th May 2012 09:58 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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What a reduculous idea would be for users to have "site-dedicated" browser.

While it sounds ridiculous when phrased that way, this is exactly what we already have on mobile platforms. They call those site-dedicated browsers "apps".

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by Andre on Sun 27th May 2012 10:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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Oh, I hate the word, "apps".

A while ago, the facebook app was quite different from the site. Nowadays, the site and the app are exactly the same. So, I really wonder if it is just a "site-dedicated-browser" indeed.

As for facebook-opera. I hope Opera will remain independent. No facebook browser please. Besides all of that, from my experience, it always felt to me opera was less-supported by facebook then gecko or webkit based browsers.

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