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According to the announcement, HipHop is a code transformer that turns PHP code into "highly optimised C++". By using HipHop on their servers, Facebook has been able to reduce CPU usage by over 50 per cent, and substantially increase the speed of their pages. All without giving up the "rapid pace of development that PHP offers". As the announcement notes:

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