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Will Yahoo buy Web 2.0 hipsters Zillow and Meebo, or crush them?

The start-up Zillow will now allow the giant portal Yahoo to show home valuation estimates at its real estate page. Will this cannibalize Zillow's viewership, if Yahoo users know they can get it from Yahoo now -- and will Yahoo then create its own technology and put Zillow out of business? Well, fat chance. Word is, Yahoo moves pretty slowly on these sorts of things, and is more likely to acquire a company than to do an end-run.

And check out the Yahoo email that leaked out, over at SlickDeals.net (seen via ValleyWag), which reveals that Yahoo is paying testers $150 to use Meebo, the Web-based company that integrates instant messaging across platforms. Yahoo has been trying to integrate its IM more, recently striking a partnership with Microsoft's MSN to do just that. And then there's the Google-AOL camp on the other side, and Meebo can bridge the gap. Will Yahoo buy? We asked Meebo's Seth Sternberg. The email took Meebo by surprise, he said, but they found it more amusing than worrying.

Indeed, if Yahoo did show aggression, Yahoo's reputation would go to gutter here in Silicon Valley (Meebo has good valley connections). But you never know.

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They'd better get popurls.com and serve the community from below the line

Bratt Montoya on July 23, 2006 3:57 AM
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why many companies have "funny" names like joomla, Meebo, zooomr, Mologogo, and etc. They are so hard to remember them.

fxsalon on July 23, 2006 8:02 AM
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Why would Yahoo buy Meebo? I don't get it. They could put a team to build this thing out in a couple months. I just don't get it. Anyone else agree?

Hooman Radfar on July 23, 2006 5:09 PM
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Anyone heard about eBuddy? Looks like this forgotten company is interesting and much bigger?

mike on July 24, 2006 2:40 AM
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Thanks, Mike, for the great link. That shows eBuddy ahead of Meebo. But eBuddy launched before Meebo, so you'd expect that. eBuddy apparently has moved toward the Ajaxy interface that Meebo has, and so question is whether they can stave off Meebo, which suddenly jumps onto the radar in these 2006 stats. They appear to be the two leaders in cross-platform, easy-to-use online IM tools.

Matt Marshall on July 24, 2006 5:48 AM
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