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July 25, 2005

Yahoo scoops up Konfabulator

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Posted by Arieanna Foley

Yahoo makes yet another acquisition, this time buying up Pixoria, the company responsible for the widget app Konfabulator. The first move - Konfabular (Yahoo! Widgets) is now free.

Pixoria widgets were previously Mac based, but they now serve both Windows XP and Mac OS X.

Pixoria has over 1000 third party widgets plus a great platform for people to build Yahoo-enabled mini apps using our APIs and they are a great new desktop distribution channel for Yahoo. Yahoo will keep the app as a free product, and apparently Yahoo will refunding people who purchased it in the last couple of months. Pixoria was just 3 guys - Arlo Rose, Perry Clarke and Ed Voas. This will clearly be a way for Yahoo to spread its API (OpenYahoo) into various desktop applications. Via Om Malik

So, Yahoo has openly made this move as a way to share content in a usable format - XML feeds. Konfabulator fits into the picture by, in their words [decaying link], "provid[ing] real-world examples how how to use this stuff." Current Konfabulator developers will be folded into the new Yahoo Developer community, where they're likely to receive a bit more support.

Good move on the part of Yahoo. Very much in line with what we've seen from them this year.

Previous posts:
Yahoo buys dialpad - June 14, 2005
Yahoo buys - June 14, 2005
MyWeb 2.0 - June 30, 2005
MyWeb Beta - April 30, 2005
Yahoo acquires Flickr - March 20, 2005

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