Yahoo acquires self-destructing mobile messaging app Blink

Yahoo acquires self-destructing mobile messaging app Blink

PanARMENIAN.Net - Yahoo has acquired Blink, a mobile application that allows users to share messages that self-destruct, in order to poach the talent behind it, the BBC News reports.

The app will reportedly be shut down in the coming weeks so that Blink's seven-person team can work on Yahoo's "smart communication" products. This includes former Google employees Kevin Stephens and Michelle Norgan, who founded Meh Labs, the start-up that created Blink.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Blink made the announcement on their website, saying they "look forward to the possibilities that will come from bringing the Blink vision to Yahoo".

"We built Blink because we believe everyone should be free to show the same honesty and spontaneity in their online conversations as they can in person."

Yahoo has reportedly bought 40 start-ups since chief executive Marissa Mayer took over two years ago in an attempt to revamp the internet company. It has been looking to generate more mobile content and advertising revenues as an increasing number of people use tablets and smartphones.

Blink has been competing against established rivals in private messaging such as Snapchat, and newer entrants like Confide and Wickr. Its users can exchange texts, photos and videos that can only be viewed within a certain period of time before it self-deletes. A timer starts after the recipient taps their screen to open the message.

Messaging applications have been a popular target for larger, established internet companies looking to expand their product offerings.

Snapchat, which specializes in disappearing photos, reportedly received a multi-billion dollar offer from Facebook last year.

Facebook went on to create a similar app called Poke, which was discontinued last week. The social networking giant also purchased popular messaging app Whatsapp for $19bn in February.

That same month, Japanese firm Rakuten bought free messaging app Viber for $900mln.

 Top stories
The memorandum of understanding will allow for an exchange of technical information and non-operational data related to cybercrime.
Mozilla is setting Yandex as the default search engine in Russia, and the move opens up the firm to work with more local partners
The award of $23.6mln was a tenth of what the firm was claiming: $1 for every infringing device sold, which would have totaled $237mln.
The shareholder lawsuit, filed in 2011, alleged that Google breached its fiduciary duty to shareholders by accepting the ads.
Partner news