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09 November 2011, 15:38

Strobe acquired by Facebook

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Strobe, the company founded by the creator of the open source JavaScript framework SproutCore, has been acquired by Facebook. Strobe produced an application delivery platform that used SproutCore as part of its system to deliver HTML5-based applications to mobile devices and desktops. Facebook has previously endorsed SproutCore as a framework for building applications for their social network platform. Financial terms of the acquisition of Strobe were not disclosed.

Charles Jolley, Strobe founder and creator of SproutCore, said on the company blog that the Strobe service will continue to be available to its existing users in its current beta form. Jolley has worked on SproutCore for a number of years, using the framework to create the user interface for Apple's MobileMe cloud service.

The SproutCore project will continue to be run independently. Strobe co-founders Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale, both part of the SproutCore development team, left Strobe a month ago and have set up a new company based around SproutCore 2.0 called Tilde.


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