Yahoo buys Blink, a secret messaging app founded by an ex-Googler

Yahoo buys Blink, a secret messaging app founded by an ex-Googler
The app shopping season never closes for Yahoo. This time, the company bought itself Blink, an Android and iOS app that rides on the popular, self-destructing messaging trend. The sum of the acquisition was not disclosed, but Blink's creators from Meh Labs (which does sound a lot like Meth Labs, but in reality, it's not), announced the acquisition and confirmed that they'll be shutting down the app. 

Yahoo has not disclosed what it wants to do with Meh's technology. Last year, the company gulped up many start-ups, including the likes of Alike, GoPollGo, Jybe, MileWise, and Summly, along with Astrid and Tumblr.

Although Blink itself isn't a wildly powerful Snapchat competitor, it does enjoy a user-base of anywhere between 10 000 to 50 000, which is no small feat for an app that probably saw minimum advertising. Meh Labs was founded by ex-Googler Kevin Stephens and has seven employees, which will now join Yahoo.

via VentureBeat



1. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Meh!!! LOL

2. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

lucky 7 employees got a job at a stable big company !

3. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

hope blink comes 4 all platforms not only on IOS and android (WP,,,S60,,S40,,Windows(pc))

4. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

are they allowed to use that name since Microsoft already have an app called blink

5. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

What about the HTC Blink feed?

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yahoo, the place where your startup eventually dies in corporate...and never to be seen again.

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

and you got a ton of money for it !

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

yes because the law made them sell...welcome to the world where the idea of selling your company is actually a dream, not a bad thing.

10. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I smell Yahoo! sourcing for an operating system. Those companies they bought have outright good tech databases.

11. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

So much messaging apps, such social WOW!

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I had honestly forgotten that Yahoo was still around.

13. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yahoo is around everywhere just not under the name yahoo !

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