Yahoo! Gets All Widgety

from the buying-mojo dept

It seems like Yahoo and Google are in a race to buy up whatever startups start to get a little buzz (with Ask Jeeves sometimes getting in on the act). Recently, Yahoo bought Flickr and Google bought Dodgeball, for example. The latest such move is that Yahoo has bought Konfabulator, the maker of somewhat popular “widgets” (basically very simple javascript desktop apps to do things outside of a browser). No wonder the folks at Silicon Beat designed their own widget this weekend (Silicon Beat gives their take as well). Honestly, though, it doesn’t seem like this would be that hard to replicate. In fact, there had been some questions about the future of Konfabulator after Apple basically created an almost identical offering within their OS.

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