Dropbox acquires collaboration app Clementine

Clementine's service will shut down as its messaging technology is folded into Dropbox.

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Dropbox has acquired Clementine, a messaging, voice and conferencing startup that will be shut down.

The move indicates that Dropbox will use Clementine's technology for messaging and collaboration tools to complement what it already has.

Clementine said in a blog post that it will shut down with free parts of the app available until Aug. 31.

It was unlikely that Clementine could have thrived on its own. The company offered secure text messaging, call and chat at work and conference calls. The Clementine technology was largely replicated in various products by enterprise IT players both large and small.

With Dropbox's 400 million users, Clementine's wares are more likely to find a larger audience.

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