Despite the chaos following Facebook’s IPO, the social-networking giant is nonetheless sitting on pretty hefty sum of cash–$16 billion, to be precise–and is looking for places to invest it. According to website Pocket-lint, their next major purchase could be the Norwegian company Opera Software, best known for its well liked and slightly alternative web browser of the same name.
Supporting this rumor is an article in the Chicago Tribune, according to which an “anonymous source” close to Opera has been looking for potential buyers–although there was no confirmation as to whether Facebook was among them. In addition, Opera has allegedly instituted a hiring freeze, which is a sign that “something big is about to happen — or at least that Opera wants something big to happen.”
There’s no official word from either Facebook or Opera yet, but you can be sure we’re looking for the first sign of confirmation.