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Yahoo Buys Alike

Yahoo has acquired Alike, makers of an iPhone app, which helps users find nearby places of interest, for an undisclosed price. The Alike team will will join Yahoo’s mobile group.

A Yahoo spokesperson said “Yahoo! has acquired mobile startup Alike. The Alike team created an app that focuses on personalization — using the restaurants and places you like to find the ones you’ll love. We were very impressed by the team and their approach to building personalized experiences. The entire Alike team will join Yahoo!’s mobile organization in San Francisco and Sunnyvale.”

Alike has posted a message about the acquisition on its website. “At Alike, we’ve spent the last couple of years working hard to build amazing mobile experiences to delight our customers, which is why we’re thrilled to announce some big news: we’re joining Yahoo! Mobile,” the company writes. “We’ve always been passionate about the growing power of intelligent mobile experiences. We believe that distilled information, deeply personalized and made accessible anytime and anywhere, is what makes mobile experiences a part of our customers’ daily lives.”

“In Yahoo! we’ve found a team as excited about this vision as we are, and who are serious about making it real,” the Alike team adds. “We’re super excited to join Yahoo!’s mobile team, where we can march toward that vision faster than ever.”

The Alike Nearby iPhone and web apps will no longer be supported, effective immediately.

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