Yahoo Has Acquired Rockmelt, Apps To Shut Down On August 31st


Were you starting to feel like Yahoo maybe hadn’t bought enough stuff this week? Surprise! Yahoo has just acquired Rockmelt, the social browsing startup.

According to a blog post on Rockmelt’s site, the Rockmelt apps and web product will be shutdown on August 31, 2013. Rockmelt is encouraging their users to export all of their data through each app’s built-in export button before that day comes.

Rockmelt began its life in 2010 as a browser with a social twist; it was essentially Chromium (the same open source engine that powers Chrome), with all sorts of social sharing stuff built in. You could easily share content with your friends over Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately for Rockmelt, most people seemed to prefer to share stuff over Twitter and Facebook … over Twitter and Facebook.

In April of 2011, the company shut down the browser to refocus as more of a content-aggregator…

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