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NewsNow and Opera Mini partner to bring quicker news updates
1 December 2008
NewsNow integrated with award-winning Opera Mini mobile Web browser
NewsNow today announces its integration into the Opera Mini mobile Web browser published by Opera Software. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Opera Software will pre-install NewsNow as an opening-screen bookmark on the latest British release of its free Opera Mini mobile Web browser, launched on Tuesday, 24 November 2008.
The deal brings NewsNow to the user-base of the award-winning mobile Web browser, and it brings Opera Mini to the user-base of the UK's leading independent news portal and aggregation website.
Struan Bartlett, founder and chairman, NewsNow Publishing Limited, said:
“Sadly, the Web browsers that come built in to mobile devices are too often slow and cumbersome and rarely cut the mustard. In our testing, however, Opera Mini — thanks to its unique compression technology — provided the fastest and best experience of NewsNow currently available on a mobile phone.
“We believe NewsNow really could be a new 'killer app' for mobile phones and we are delighted to have formed this association with Opera Software, which will give their users instant access to a new news-surfing experience on their phone.”
Nuno Sitima, VP of Consumer Marketing and Business Development, Opera Software, said:
“Opera Mini aims to bring the best Internet experience. By including NewsNow.net in our award-winning browser, we are bringing more speedier and quicker access to content on the go.”
Tomorrow, Tuesday 2 December 2008, NewsNow will officially launch NewsNow Mobile, a new version of its Web site designed specifically for mobile devices.
NewsNow is a rolling news service. In real time, it files the headlines linking to 200,000 articles daily into over 2,500 'feeds' covering a wide array of current affairs, business & finance, technology, life & style, arts & entertainment, and sports topics.
A household name among football fans, NewsNow is a regular winner of the Website of the Year awards (http://www.websiteoftheyear.co.uk/). Hitwise Intelligence recently rated NewsNow no. 12 in the UK's Top 15 news sites above FT.com and independent.co.uk (see http://xrl.us/NewsNow1) and the 2nd most visited UK news aggregator, after Google News UK, with 23% of the market (see http://xrl.us/NewsNow2).
As a company, NewsNow derives revenue from ad sales, from delivering its feeds to third-party websites, as well as from its highly-acclaimed subscription news monitoring service.
The chairman of NewsNow, polymath number theorist, computer scientist and ex-journalist Struan Bartlett, prototyped the first NewsNow engine in 1997.
An independently-owned British success story, NewsNow was launched in February 1998, first turned profitable in 1999, received investment in 2000, saw off the .com crash and considers itself well placed to survive the latest economic downturn.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world.
The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.
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