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Opera's new free service aims to share

NORWAY'S Opera Software launched a new, free service yesterday that enables simple sharing of personal computers' pictures, files or music with anyone on the Internet.

The new service, which the firm has said would "reinvent the Web," is part of Opera's Web browser which enables direct downloading from personal computer to personal computer and removes any need for data storage at servers in the middle. Files can be viewed with any browser.

Similar technologies have been available before for tech-savvy consumers, but these have required downloading separate software, paying usage fees, or a long process of uploading content - limiting popularity of such services.

Last Thursday, Opera posted a note on social networking Website Twitter with a link to a Web page saying Opera would "reinvent the Web" on June 16.

That heralding of the new service had helped Opera's share price surge in the past week, although it fell back slightly yesterday as the market digested the announcement.

"There were some expectations ahead of the announcement, so the market is only mildly disappointed," said Peder Strand, an analyst with SEB Enskilda.



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