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Sorry, we can't find a translation of the orginal story yet...
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 12:37 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2005]
again ..Seriously .:re subject ..my response =" Say it aint so "
nature abhors a vacuum..
curiousity /freedom .. abhors a monopoly ..
If it is true ..many will start seriously looking for vulnerabilities in Opera ..just to break the hold of the Plex on that which isn't in Redmond's iron glove already .
"According to a ususally very well informed source, Google is on the point of buying the Opera browser.
Even if for the moment this information is unconfirmed, such a move by Google would be a possible response to Microsoft if Microsoft decide to integrate their own search engine into their browser in a more efficacious manner than currently is the case.
At the moment Microsofts search engine is already in IE , but hidden in the address bar ,which means no one uses it , and it only returns results when one misstypes whilst entering an address.
For IE7 Microsoft could let themselves be inspired by Firefox which integrates the search engine Google in a more ergonomic manner.
However if this were the case , what could Google do to avoid losing in one fell swoop a significant part of "searches"?
They could launch their own browser ..hence the "Opera" hypothesis ..Opera being by the way already very well implanted in smartphones..."
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BTW Brett ..there are 2 threads running this item ..maybe you could merge them?
OSLO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Norwegian internet browser maker Opera has not been approached by Google or any other firms as a possible takeover target, Christian Jebsen, the company's Chief Financial Officer, said on Thursday. Shares in the Oslo-based company, whose main focus is on manufacturing internet browsers for mobile phones, have leapt to their highest level since the beginning of October amid recent takeover speculation. But Jebsen said that Opera did not know of any takeover bid and was not in talks with any company, after rumours of a possible bid from Google.
"We have heard the rumours but know nothing more about this," he told Reuters.
Here is a translation of Chappaz's post that my wife helped me with:
According to a generally well informed source, Google is about to purchase the Opera web browser. Although the information is not cofirmed at the moment, such a move on Google's could be a response to Microsoft, if Google is able to integrate their search engine into Opera in a way that is better than Microsoft...