John says ..
Has the potential acquisition of Opera floundered I wonder? The timing would indicate that this deal occurred before negotiations with Opera. However reqwireless could essentially be a much cheaper (and perhaps even technically) superior version of opera?
There is some merit in this thinking. This appears to be plan (b) perhaps? Agreed Opera does have a large user base – but any browser can be downloaded. Thus, the existing user base may be less significant if Google can offer a better product?
Having said that, like many people I am a great fan of Opera(and also google). So, a synergy there would have been great for the industry. Lets wait and see how things unfold!