UPDATED: Opera Mini on the iPhone Rumor Smasher: Not Denied, Not Even Submitted?!
The New York Times gets clarification from Opera (via Daring Fireball):
Turns out it was an internal project.
So we, along with half the interwebs, picked up a paraphrased comment by Opera's president that pretty much indicated Apple had rejected popular mobile browser Opera Mini from the App Store.
Well, John Gruber over at Daring Fireball did some digging and found out that it just ain't so:
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