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Facebook Acquires Assets of U.K. Software Startup Monoidics

monoidicsFacebook announced on Thursday that the company has acquired the assets of Monoidics, a software-verification company based in the United Kingdom.

As it is not a full company acquisition, only Monoidics’ technical team will be joining Facebook’s London engineering offices after the deal closes.

“In 2009 we started this company with the goal of making the best automatic formal verification and analysis software in the industry,” Monoidics said in a company blog post. “Joining the Facebook team opens up a world of new opportunity for our technology and for our individual and collective scientific expertise.”

Monoidics creates programs that check other software for bugs and problems, and Facebook will use Monoidics’ tools to help improve development of Facebook’s mobile products. That’s obviously an area Facebook is focused on, as the company has sped up product development for its Android and iOS apps over the past few years, due to the shifting of the industry toward mobile.

“This asset acquisition represents our investment in the quality of our mobile applications platform and also our people,” Facebook London engineering team member Phillip Su wrote of the acquisition.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik