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Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

Yahoo acquires Xobni for address book boost

The folks at Yahoo have made another purchase this week with the group known as Xobni, here aiming for Smarter Contacts in a rather basic way. With this service, Yahoo will expand its current app user base with email and social services, taking expertise from the development team at Xobni for what must be assumed to be their own already-developed apps. This sort of acquisition is one of those made more for the talent, rather than the app the developers have in play.

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Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

Yahoo acquires Qwiki to battle Vine with video sharing

This week the folks at Quiki have confirmed that they've been acquired by Yahoo, the latter company aiming to make use of the former's video sharing app environment. That said; if you're able to keep track of all the clever names for companies aiming for mobile glory these days, you deserve a gold star. Quiki will make Yahoo a real competitor for top spot in mini-video sharing if they keep with the aim of the original app, that's for certain.

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Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Tumblr media director quits, second big departure after Yahoo acquisition

Making this the second big departure for Tumblr in just a few weeks, the company's media director Mark Coatney (one of the initial employees at Tumblr) has announced that he's resigning from his role at Tumblr. He didn't say what his future plans were, other than that he has "a hungry baby to feed," but he's currently open to starting projects in the future and is taking suggestions.

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Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.

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Google Waze acquisition may end tipped Facebook talks

Google Waze acquisition may end tipped Facebook talks

This weekend inside sources have suggested Google to be reaching a deal with the team at Waze, a smart navigation app previously rumored to have been in talks with Facebook for a similar deal. This acquisition has been tipped to be ringing in at $1.3 billion USD while real terms have not yet been revealed. This deal would have Google growing their ability to make Google Maps and Local information both inside and outside the USA an intelligent response environment.

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Zynga’s OMGPOP studio shut down 14 months after acquisition

Zynga’s OMGPOP studio shut down 14 months after acquisition

Remember Draw Something? The fun social game that had you and a friend work together to try and guess each other's drawings was an absolute huge hit, and Zynga went right ahead and just bought the game and its studio who developed it: OMGPOP. However, it doesn't seem to be working out too well for Zynga, as they seem to have shut down the recently-acquired studio and laid off its employees.

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