Yahoo buys conference call startup Rondee

06.13.13_technewsrprt_img_stories_regina-timothy_rondee-yahooBarely 24 hours after purchasing GhostBird software, a developer of photo-editing apps for iOS devices, .Yahoo Inc. acquired a free conference-call app .

Rondee, the six-year-old startup was acquired under undisclosed terms.

Over the past few months Yahoo has been on a shopping spree and has acquired startups from diverse markets. The most notable acquisition was Tumblr purchased for $1.1 billion.

Other startups to join the Yahoo team include Astrid – a task-management app maker, Summly – a news-condenser app maker, Stamped – a mobile-review app maker, OnTheAir -which specializes in broadcasting video chats or interviews to online audiences, Snip.it – which is a kind of clipping service for the web, Propeld – a location-based apps maker, Jybe – a social recommendation site, Loki Studios a mobile gaming start-up and PlayerScale – a gaming infrastructure company.

It’s not clear what Yahoo intends to do with Rondee, but the startup will join Yahoo’s Small Business Team, a part of Yahoo that helps SMBs with marketing, web-hosting and e-commerce.

Rondee is winding down the service on July 12 and the company has arranged for accounts to work on an alternative service called Instant Conference.

After June 30th, the company’s website now reads, users will no longer be allowed to access their data or create new conference calls.

The acquisitions extend Yahoo’s recent buying spree under chief executive Marissa Mayer, who is trying to reinvigorate the ailing brand and boost its international appeal.

We believe that these acquisitions are a part of its strategy to boost its offerings in mobile devices, video, and personalized digital content.

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