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Buyout of five-person company appears to be geared toward beefing up the Web pioneer's engineering ranks rather than getting a hold of the startup's technology.
The Yahoo User Interface software library was helpful but at odds with modern Web programming directions, Yahoo says.
The online company, which earlier this week announced it had reached a deal to buy Tumblr, has now purchased PlayerScale.
What's the strategy behind Yahoo's spate of buyouts under new CEO Marissa Mayer? One writer says it's about building a map of all the people, places, and things its various customers are interested in.
The app, created by teenager Nick D'Aloisio, will shut down for now but will "come to life" through Yahoo's various mobile offerings soon.
Mobile apparently isn't the only focus for Yahoo, which picked up a digital scrapbooking site to turn its users into content curators.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer eyes the app, according to All Things D. If true, the iPhone app would fit nicely with Mayer's recent mobile-focused purchases.