Yahoo buys conference call startup Rondee

Yahoo buys conference call startup Rondee

Summary: Yahoo gobbles up two startups in one day.

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Yahoo's spending spree continues with its second acquisition in a day, snapping up free conference-call startup Rondee.

It's not clear what Yahoo intends to do with Rondee, but the startup — which launched in 2006 — will join Yahoo's Small Business Team, a part of Yahoo that helps SMBs with marketing, web-hosting and e-commerce. 

Rondee is winding down the service on July 12 and the company has arranged for accounts to work on an alternative service called Instant Conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, Yahoo confirmed that it had acquired GhostBird Software, the iOS developer behind KitCam and PhotoForge2. Existing users can still run the apps, but the apps have been removed from the App Store.

GhostBird joins Yahoo's revamped Flickr team, which in May launched a new Android and iOS Flickr app along with a site redesign. 

The acquisitions extend Yahoo's recent buying spree under chief executive Marissa Mayer, who is trying to reinvigorate the ailing brand and boost its international appeal.

The biggest acquisition to date under Mayer, of course, was last month's Tumblr buy for $1.1 bn, which followed smaller mobile and social startup acquisitions including Summly, OnTheAir, and Snip.it.

Topic: Start-Ups

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