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Facebook acquires non-profit browser Parakey

MUMBAI: Social networking site Facebook has acquired Parakey, a startup run by Mozilla Firefox co founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt. Parakay is an open-source and non-profit web browser.















Ross and Hewitt will join Facebook‘s team to work on the development of Facebook Platform and the company‘s website.



"Blake and Joe built the Firefox web browser and then turned to the developer community to build on top of the foundation they had established, not unlike what we have done with Facebook Platform," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


"The work they have done with Firefox and Parakey and their approach to building products fit right in at Facebook," added Zuckerberg.


In early 2006, Ross and Hewitt founded Parakey to build a platform bridging the gap between information on the web and the desktop.


According to an official release, Firefox has been downloaded more than 300 million times by people worldwide.


"Facebook Platform is finally making it easy to share experiences with friends and family over the web, a goal Joe and I have worked toward for years," said Ross. "We are thrilled to join the most innovative technology company in the industry."

Parakey is Facebook‘s first acquisition. Financial terms of the transaction were not released.
 

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