14
May
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Now you see it, now you don't. Just like that, Blink is disappearing in the blink of an eye. Okay, not quite. Current users will gradually see the service shut down on both Android and iOS over the next few weeks, following the app's acquisition by Yahoo.

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Blink was a product of Meh Labs (no, not Meth Labs), a company built by two ex-Google employees Kevin Stephens and Michelle Norgan. The app functioned similarly to Snapchat, at least in premise, by allowing users to send messages that automatically disappear. It encouraged secret, anonymous communication by not requiring users to provide their name or phone number.

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Yahoo is one of the many tech giants currently looking to innovate by snatching up smaller projects. The company bought the Google Now-inspired homescreen launcher Aviate earlier this year (though thankfully that project has kept its doors open). We can expect Blink's features to show up in a Yahoo product somewhere down the line, but it's time to say goodbye to the software in its current form. Go ahead users, get emotional. Gush your heart out. Everything you say will fade away soon enough.

Sources: Blink [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Giampaolo

    I really can't see a clear strategy on what Yahoo! is doing. For me it remains a search engine that few people use

    • Stylus_XL

      They're throwing bucket-loads of shit at the wall and waiting to see what sticks.

      • ddpacino

        Stole Samsung's strategy. #lawsuit

      • ProductFRED

        People keep saying they're hiring for the talent, and that's why the keeping killing the services they acquire. I really don't see it because not once has anything come out of any service that they bought. They kill them for sport.

    • thartist

      Because they have NO CLUE on what they're doing. No latecomer yahoo app is gonna overcome the monsters already settled in the worldwide market.
      Please die already Yahoo, you can't put yourself out of your pitiful state soon enough.

      • pmdis

        Have you looked at Yahoo's Alexa rank recently? Their "pitiful state" might surprise you.

    • AS

      I worked them out. They are dot com 'hit men'. The customer pays them to 'take out' the competition. They buy them for stupid amounts of money, then bury the product. Problem solved.