X buys Y
Lots of acquisitions this week:
Here is this week's Bubble-pop fuel (so far):
- Yahoo and the upcoming bubble (sorry, couldn't resist ;-)
- AOL is buying Weblogs inc. One commenter on Olim
Malik's post about the news:
"WTF ?, they just make 1 million or so per year depends heavily on
natural search engine ranking for traffic and they are acquired for a 30
- In fact, AOL's Steve Case has been very busy acquiring this week. Information Week: (uh oh, there's that portal shmortal word again)...
"Revolution Health Group
has acquired several start-up firms and has made equity investments in
others as part of a plan to unleash a new consumer-oriented health
portal and other services next year."
- Nick Bradbury on the NewsGator acquisition of NewNewsWire (Nick sold FeedDemon to Newgator a few months back, pre-Bubble 2.0)
- On the subject of bubble trouble, Dave Winer:
"Get out the khakis and blue shirts, it's a
bubble, and we're not just in it, we are it! Haha. Everyone high-fives
everyone else, and says "You rock" to each other. (Except it's 2005 not 1999 and
no one gives a sh*t.)"
- And Peter Cashmore:
But you’ve got to stop and ask yourself: will
this company be around in a year’s time?"
- Rok Hastrik has an altogether less cynican view on the RSS-related acquisition news (including Feedburner JVing with a Japanese firm) and speculates:
"The relevance of this for marketers is two-fold: it demonstrates how RSS is not an-US isolated development, but rather a global one; and it also shows that the RSS market is maturing.
The most probable next development phase will probably include
strong CMS and e-mail marketing vendors acquireing RSS leading
companies, or their own ventures in to RSS.
In an even more "violent" display of industry consolidation, NewsGator
took control of yet another RSS reader, bringing the company to first
place among RSS reading software, considering all of its properties.
Same comment as above applies --- certainly a good sign for the industry."