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Opera is Facebook's best browser play

Gregg Keizer | May 28, 2012
Facebook may acquire Norwegian browser maker Opera Software, developer of the Opera and Opera Mini browsers for desktops and mobile phones, according to a report.

Search deals for Opera Mini -- again, Google and Yandex -- brought in another $3 million, while the company's ad networks contributed nearly $7 million, a 303% increase.

Facebook's interest in Opera may be only speculation, but the company's pursuit of a browser has been discussed for much longer, usually with the expectation of the company building its own from scratch. In 2008, for example, Facebook hired Mike Schroepfer, then Mozilla's vice president of engineering, a driving force behind Firefox, to take the same title at the social network.

Buying Opera could be the quickest, and really only, shortcut.


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