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“Hoping to pave a new path to its popular Web site, Yahoo Inc. has acquired Konfabulator, a tiny software maker that provides a computer platform for monitoring the weather, stock prices and a wealth of other customized information without opening a Web browser.

The deal, finalized late last week for an undisclosed price, gives Yahoo access to a toolbox of mini-applications — known as widgets — that have built a cult following since Palo Alto-based Konfabulator first introduced them for Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh in 2002. . . .”

“To help popularize the widgets, Yahoo plans will give away the Konfabulator software that empowers the applications. Konfabulator had been charging $20 for the software. Anyone who bought version 2.0 of the software since mid-May will be given refunds, said Konfabulator CEO Arlo Rose.”

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE
AP Business Writer

Great software. Just don’t make the same mistake I made and many others by adding a ton of widgets to your desktop just because you can. Before you know it, your desktop looks like a car windshield after an 8 hour drive through Louisiana in summer. I can say that since I grew up there–lol.

Find one or two, maybe three widgets and you will never look back. And you can’t beat FREE.

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