Yahoo recently purchased Qwiki and Xobni this week. Qwiki was snagged Tuesday and is a new-ish video sharing app for iOS that blasted onto the scene during TechCrunch Disrupt 2010. It is a blend of Vine’s micro-video approach and Zoe filters according to Engadget and as with the likes of Vine and Instagram videos—or “Qwikis” as they’re called—can be shared once completed. Qwiki gives Yahoo that little extra to truly compete with Facebook and Twitter.
News of Yahoo’s acquisition of Xobni came via AllThingsD and is said to weigh in between $30 million and $60 million meaning there are significant plans for it. With that said, it’s unknown at this time what Yahoo and Xobni will do exactly, but the paid service has stopped accepting new users and has killed its Smartr Contacts app for Android and Xobni for BlackBerry. Xobni is basically a more organized address book program, so it could be implemented into Yahoo’s email and messenger services in some way. At any rate, the currently active Xobni programs will be shut down by next year.