The Norwegian browser firm has rolled out a new version of Opera Mini for iOS, taking advantage of technology that came in with its Skyfire purchase last year.
The Israeli firm helps users cut down on their mobile data consumption without using fewer services — a feature that will be critical in Facebook’s mission of connecting more people in the developing world.
Last time someone was rumored to be interested in buying Opera, the Norwegian browser-maker’s founder voiced his displeasure. But now he’s reduced his holding and could no longer block a sale.
Six years after Norway’s Opera put out its compression-happy Mini browser for internet-capable phones, growth continues to accelerate. This should serve as a barometer for those designing services aimed at emerging markets.
Big data company RainStor has raised $12 million is Series C funding for its database that’s designed to shrink data footprints by at least 95 percent. It also plays nice with Hadoop, meaning a system can handle ad hoc SQL queries as well as MapReduce jobs.