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Wow. Yahoo! just bought open-source email provider, Zimbra, for $350 million. For anyone who still doubts that valuations for open-source companies are rising fast and steep, Zimbra is a case study rebuttal.
[UPDATED (sounded too negative before, and I didn't meant to be.] I don't know Zimbra's revenues, but the company is on track to hit $20 million this year. (This is actually pretty impressive, given the growth it would mean over the previous year, which was $6 million.) That's one heck of a valuation.
The real question is why Yahoo! would bother buying Zimbra, when it already has an equivalent Ajax-style email solution stemming from its Oddpost acquisition. Open source? Not in this case. I don't think open source was Zimbra's strongest selling point.… Read more
Yahoo is buying e-mail software provider Zimbra for about $350 million, the companies announced on Monday. Zimbra offers branded e-mail with calendar and mobile features as well as the ability to work offline. The company has more than 200 educational, business and ISP partners, including Comcast, that offer branded e-mail service to roughly 9 million subscribers.
What differentiates Zimbra are the "Zimlet," Web service mashups that offer richer functionality in e-mail. For instance, people can simply mouse over airline flight information in an e-mail to check on flight status. Users are also able to track FedEx deliveries and … Read more
We reported on Thursday that MTV Networks was close to announcing plans for a new social network; later that night, Fortune unveiled more details of the project. This is a new Viacom (MTV Networks parent company) endeavor called Flux, which is growing out of what once was Tagworld. Rather than being a "destination" social network, Flux is a distributed platform of social-media features that will be installed on select Viacom niche sites (like the Subterranean Blog, which we pointed out in our original post). It's powered by Social Project, the company formerly known as Tagworld, which Viacom … Read more
Yahoo's new social network, Mash, is appropriately named. It feels like a mash-up of Facebook, MySpace, and Wikipedia. It's taken the best--or, at least, most popular--features from these services and put them together in a very compelling social service. I strongly doubt it will suffer the same fate of that other social network, the failing Yahoo 360.
Here's how Mash has borrowed from the best:
MySpace: Users can add their own backgrounds and color schemes to totally destroy the readability and speed of their pages. This is big part of MySpace's appeal. I've never understood why, but there you go. There's a twist with Mash, though: When viewing any profile, users can switch from the pimped out page (the "fugly" version) to a plain, clean page with a white background.
Facebook: There's a library of modules users can add to their pages. And the layout of the Mash pages is pretty strict, which preserves readability, especially if you turn off custom backgrounds. Yahoo plans to open up the module platform to developers, but it hasn't yet.
There are already some interesting modules, though. I like the MyMashLog feature, which, like MyBlogLog (which Yahoo acquired), collects the names of everyone who visits your page.
Yahoo's rumored social network, dubbed "Mash," has arrived. The company started inviting people outside the company to test it on Friday, the company says in a blog.
Mash is different from other social networks in that you can start profiles for your friends and "open" your own profile to friends you trust, according to the Mash blog. What that means, exactly, is still a bit unclear. You can also reportedly customize your profile or friends' profiles with other apps, ala Facebook.
"One last note before you jump in: Mash is still pretty raw--there are … Read more
A CNET News.com reader served as my personal tickler file this week, asking me if I knew when Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista will be released.
In January, Yahoo previewed a version of Messenger optimized for Vista and said it would be released in public beta during the second quarter, which ended June 30. So, they are about three months behind schedule.
I asked Yahoo about it and here is the company's reply: "We continue to actively work on Yahoo Messenger for Windows Vista and look forward to sharing updates and information including the beta launch of … Read more
I was very much looking forward to Yahoo's announcement Monday at the TechCrunch 40 conference. Especially after reading a report that Brad Stone of the New York Times had inadvertently gotten invited into Yahoo's new, supersecret social network, Mash (or Mosh) rumor of which had previously surfaced on the TechCrunch blog.
Yahoo will indeed demo a social network at TechCrunch 40, a spokesperson told me on the record. But not the FaceBook killer we're all waiting for. Rather, we'll see Yahoo Teachers, a site designed for grade school instructors that Yahoo has already talked about and … Read more
Several analysts are predicting that the mortgage crisis in the U.S. will ripple through to the online advertising market. One of the most popular types of online ads happens to be for mortgages. So the theory goes that if lenders have to cut their ad budgets, Google, Yahoo and other news sites and blogs will be pinched too.
In a research note on Friday, Sandeep Aggarwal of Oppenheimer & Co. spells it out: "Internet advertising is not immune to any potential cutbacks in ad budgets."
The firm trimmed its financial estimates for Google, Yahoo and Bankrate last … Read more