Much like with the Bloglines acquisition a month ago, rumors surrounding a Flickr acquisition have been flying around for the past few weeks. Flickr playfully acknowledged these loose lips by announcing that "Yahoo actually does acquire Flickr". It is increasingly popular for search companies to purchase "hot" non-search startups (Looksmart-Furl, AskJeeves-Bloglines). And Google, the supposed search leader, continues to add a plethora of well-designed, non-search applications like Maps and Gmail. Is anyone else feeling strong pangs of deja vu? With startups being acquired for millions and VCs giving away money again -- maybe 2005 is the next 1999. The Aeron chair dealers are already salivating...
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