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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RE: Ah crap!
by Morgan on Sat 26th May 2012 10:24 UTC in reply to "Ah crap!"
Morgan
Member since:
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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RE[3]: Ah crap!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 29th May 2012 00:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Ah crap!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

You have to keep in mind zero percent of Opera's innovation has been related to the browser engine itself. Zero. All of it has been the features of the browser application itself: tabs, tunneling requests to remote server to pre-render page, Mouse gestures, ect. They could have done all of those with a webkit engine without having to share any of it. Web kit communizes the uninteresting part and splits up the costs of developing it.

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