Yahoo looks to change the way iOS users experience TV with the launch of the Yahoo Screen app on iPhone and iPad. Developed by the Stamped team, which Yahoo acquired in October 2012, the Yahoo Screen app allows users to browse and watch clips from TV shows, including Yahoo Originals, instantly, and for free.
Yahoo’s recent shopping spree isn’t over yet, as the company’s latest acquisition is Xobni, maker of email and address-book based plugins and apps.
With Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr officially finalized on June 20, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer isn’t allowing the company to sit idle. In fact, its latest purchase has been announced this week, as Yahoo has acquired mobile picture and video sharing service Qwiki.
Yahoo has been on a shopping spree since its purchase of Tumblr on June 20th. Yahoo purchased the one-man start-up Bignoggins Productions on Monday to strengthen its own fantasy sports apps offerings.
Bignoggins has developed popular paid fantasy sports apps such as Fantasy Monster and Draft Monster. While Yahoo will not continue distributing these applications, it will integrate these apps technologies into its own fantasy sports applications.
Bignoggins founder, Jerry Shen, will be joining Yahoo’s mobile engineering team. He has also announced they have planned on hiring new talent through his blog.
Yahoo! Weather is an iOS and Android app from Yahoo! It is available now as a free download, with no additional in-app purchases.
Serious travelers, weather watchers, or those looking to keep an eye on other parts of the country will often need more than the stock weather options on their mobile device. On that end, Yahoo! Weather has them covered. The app covers the standard information—such as temperature, precipitation, and humidity—and presents both the current outlook and the predictions for the next few days. Most people may not care about certain pieces of info, like moon visibility, but the app provides everyone the information they need to know to go about their day and their week.
Setting up Yahoo! Weather is as simple as installing it and setting your location. The number of locations is outstanding and the app was able to find accurate data for both major metropolitan areas and small towns. Those with a Yahoo! account who may already be using Yahoo! Weather are able to log into the app and have all their data transferred over in an instant. Alternatively, users can also connect their Facebook account to the app and the locations set on their Facebook profile will be imported as their Yahoo! Weather locations. Yahoo! never requires users to log into an account to set their locations, however. The list of locations can be edited from any time in the settings, and removing them is as easy as clicking a delete button.
Mobile recommendations service Stamped has been acquired by Yahoo. The deal was confirmed on the Stamped blog this afternoon after an Instagram photo of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer posing with the Stamped team began to circulate online.
Founded in April 2011, Stamped positioned itself as a social recommendation service that allowed its users to share their opinions about restaurants, movies, music and books with their friends.
According to Stamped’s blog post, the deal was a talent-based one. Stamped has said it will discontinue its products by the end of the year, and the app has already disappeared from the iTunes App Store. Going forward, the Stamped team will join Yahoo as part of a new product and engineering office in New York. According to the company’s blog post, they will be working on “something big, mobile and new.”
While the acquisition price was not disclosed, TechCrunch is reporting it was in “the double digit millions.” It’s a successful end for the company, all things considered. According to our traffic tracking service AppData, Stamped had just 3,000 monthly active users and 100 daily active users connecting to their Facebook accounts through the app at the time of purchase. The service peaked in August with 14,000 MAU and 3,300 DAU, but saw sharp declines in usage shortly afterwards.
Before it was acquired, Stamped had raised $3 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, CrunchFund and celebrity investors like Ryan Seacrest, Justin Beiber and Ellen Degeneres.
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