Rumors were running rampant about Google potentially acquiring the browser "Opera" over the last couple weeks, followed by speculation that Microsoft had the same idea. Since neither panned out. Finally, the rumors settled down after the witty parody announcement: Opera buys Opera.
Well, it seems that there might have been something behind the rumor after all, even if it wasn't completely true. Google has struck a deal with Opera to be the default search engine for it's two mobile browsers. Google's interest in mobile software has been well known since they purchased Android Inc. -- a mobile phone software company -- in August.
Opera is a good piece of work, and it doesn't surprise me that Google is taking some interest in it -- even if it's market share is small compared to IE and Firefox, it has a lot of potential.