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NewsPoster Aug 2, 2013 02:39 PM
Yahoo acquires Rockmelt, shutting down all apps on August 31st
Yahoo has acquired <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291063==http://rockmelt.com/" rel='nofollow'>Rockmelt</a>, a content discovery app that started life as a web browser build with heavy <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291063==http://rockmelt.com/" rel='nofollow'>social network integration</a>. The latest purchase <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291065==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/12/ios.versions.of.the.developers.apps.no.longer.avai lable/" rel='nofollow'>by Yahoo</a>, speculated to be in the region of $60 million and $70 million, means that all of its apps and the web service will be shuttering at the end of the month, with users being encouraged to export their data before closure. <br />
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Rockmelt originally started as a web browser that connected to a large number of social networks. Based on the open-source Chromium engine from Google, the browser for computers and mobile provided status updates for Facebook friends, and a second sidebar for RSS feeds, notifying the user when a site updated. <em>AllThingsD</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291058==http://allthingsd.com/20130802/yahoo-acquires-social-browser-startup-rockmelt/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> that it later changed to become a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291059==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/04/20/rockmelt.to.bring.out.social.browser.for.iphone/" rel='nofollow'>mobile-only offering</a>, though even then it did not seem to be a highly-popular app. <br />
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The Rockmelt <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291060==http://blog.rockmelt.com/post/57166686461/big-company-news" rel='nofollow'>blog</a> announcing the acquisition states that the staff will be joining Yahoo itself, though it is not revealed in what capacity. Considering Rockmelt's browser experience and Yahoo's ill-fated <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/291061==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/05/24/ios.app.and.browser.extension.offers.image.based.s earch/" rel='nofollow'>Axis 'visual search'</a> mobile browser and cross-platform desktop browser extension, it is likely that the Rockmelt team will be working on something similar in the future.
 
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