Yahoo Buys Widget Company
Konfabulator founders say the new deal means easier ways to access Yahoo news, weather and then some.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 companys 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. Later on, Pixoria released a version of Konfabulator that works for computers running the Windows XP operating system.
For Yahoo, a company spokesperson said the deal will bring a new way to offer users additional content.