Yahoo’s acqui-hiring spree shows no signs of letting up. Over the last day, the company has bought and effectively killed two startups in wildly different spaces: in the photo app corner we have GhostBird Software, the maker of the KitCam and PhotoForge2 iOS applications, and as of a few hours ago we also have the 6-year-old conference calling service Rondee.
No prizes for guessing where the Toronto-based GhostBird folks are heading – as they wrote in a blog post on Wednesday, they’re off to help the revitalized Flickr team make new iOS and Android apps. KitCam and PhotoForge 2 won’t see any further updates, and you won’t be able to download them from the App Store anymore.
As for Rondee, well, this one is a bit more puzzling. It’s a San Diego, CA.-based free conference calling service that obviously caters to the enterprise market – or at least, it will be until July 12. The company’s website recommends that customers should flee to rival service Instant Conference.
Meanwhile, the Rondee team will join Yahoo’s Small Business unit. At the moment, there is no Yahoo conference call service for small businesses – that division only deals with web hosting, domain registration, ecommerce and marketing services and business email. That may change.
Neither the Rondee nor GhostBird takeovers came with disclosed terms, but I think it’s fair to say we’re not in Tumblr territory here.