Facebook Acquires HTML5 Application Developer Strobe

By David Cohen Comment

Facebook took its commitment to HTML5 one step further Tuesday, announcing its acquisition of Strobe, an HTML5 app-delivery network.

Mobile has been a key point of emphasis for Facebook this year, and the acquisition of Strobe adds another tool to the social network’s chest.

The management team from Strobe will join Facebook, and the service will continue operating in beta form, Strobe announced in a post on its blog, adding:

Strobe was founded on the belief that HTML5 can transform the way average people use their mobile phones through apps that are available everywhere, anytime, on any device. Now we’re joining the talented people at Facebook to help develop innovative mobile experiences for their users around the world.

For now, the Strobe service will continue to be available to existing users in its existing beta form. We will provide updates by email if and when this changes. SproutCore, meanwhile, will continue as an independent project.

Facebook chimed in with a statement of its own:

We’re excited to confirm that we’ve completed a talent acquisition for Strobe Corp., a mobile-app-development startup based in San Francisco.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Charles Jolley will join our mobile engineering team, and we’re looking forward to the major impact the Strobe team will undoubtedly make at Facebook.

The acquisition of Strobe is the latest move in Facebook’s unofficial goal of buying twice as many startups in 2011 as the previous year, when there were seven such buys.