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Friday, July 29, 2005

Yahoo Buys 'Widget' Company

Yahoo is venturing into new territory after acquiring the tiny yet influential software company Pixoria last week. The company makes small desktop applications that allow someone to look at local weather, stock quotes and more without opening a Web browser.

The deal gives Yahoo unlimited access to the company's Konfabulator "widget" software, which first entered the public light after it became available for download on Mac computers in 2002. The apps went over so well that Apple included similar functionality in the Macintosh OS X 10.4 "Tiger" desktop app called Dashboard.

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