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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Yahoo Acquires Stata Labs - Makers of Bloomba

I got the following email from Stata Labs, the makers of Bloomba. Bloomba is a client side email application like Microsoft Outlook that has integrated search features built in. My problem with it is it's use of "searches" rather than "folders" to organize your mail. I found it to be pretty confusing even after a 4 month test and was forced to switch back to Outlook. I guess Yahoo saw beyond Blooomba's flaws and liked the search technology in the email client (as well as the Raymie Stata's insight and experience in high technology enough to buy them out. Here are the details on the acquisition.

Dear Stata Labs Customer,
We thank you for your support of Bloomba and SAproxy Pro and want to share some exciting news. As of today, we are now part of the Yahoo! family through Yahoo!’s acquisition of Stata Labs. This acquisition will provide Yahoo! with exceptional technological expertise and strategic assets. We are thrilled to join Yahoo!’s industry-leading team of technical experts.

We intend to continue supporting Stata Labs’ existing customers for one year from the date of product purchase. Again, we thank you for your support and encourage you to review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Sincerely,

The Stata Labs Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Yahoo! acquire Stata Labs?
This acquisition will provide Yahoo! with exceptional technological expertise and strategic assets.
What does Yahoo! plan to do with the technology as a result of the acquisition?
At this time we do not have any announcements about the ongoing plans for the technology or the specifics of the transaction.

I just purchased Bloomba or SAproxy Pro. Can I get a refund?
Customers who purchased Bloomba or SAproxy Pro within the last thirty days are eligible for a full refund. To receive a refund please email
support@statalabs.com by November 21, 2004.

Will I still receive support on Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
Yes, current customers of Bloomba and SAproxy Pro will continue to receive one year of standard online support from the date of product purchase. For online support please visit: http://www.statalabs.com/support.

Do you still offer Premium Support?
Premium Support is no longer available for Bloomba or SAproxy Pro customers. Standard email and website support is available for one year from date of purchase. Customers who purchased Premium Support will be issued a full refund. To receive a refund please email support@statalabs.com by November 21, 2004.

Will there be upgrades available for Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
At this time, there are no plans to offer upgrades for Bloomba or SAproxy Pro.

Can I still use my current copy of Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
You can continue to use your current version of Bloomba and SAproxy Pro as long as you wish. Standard email and website support for both products is available for one year from your product purchase date.

Will Yahoo! sell Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
At this time there are no plans for Yahoo! to sell Bloomba or SAproxy Pro.

Where can I purchase Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
Bloomba and SAproxy Pro are no longer available for purchase.

Can resellers continue to sell Bloomba or SAproxy Pro?
Stata Labs products are no longer available for sale through resellers.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
For product questions please contact support@statalabs.com.
For press inquiries please contact mosako@yahoo-inc.com.

I think it's pretty obvious that Yahoo likes the technology but doesn't necessarily like the finished products of SAProxy and Bloomba. I'm betting Yahoo will use the technology to develop desktop search applications and possibly their own email client but time will tell.

By Jason Dowdell at 09:44 PM | Comments (0)

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