Yahoo has purchased another email startup, Stata Labs. The acquisition follows Yahoo's July purchase of Oddpost, a provider of web based email. Stata Labs' Bloomba product, by contrast, is a desktop email client built around search from the ground-up. Raymie Stata, founder of Stata Labs, was one part of the original development team from AltaVista.
The press release announcing the acquisition says that Bloomba is no longer available, and Yahoo has no plans to make the product available. The two acquisitions suggest that Yahoo may be planning a Gmail workalike to replace Yahoo Mail sometime down the road.
I played around with Bloomba long enough to be impressed with the speed and quality of the search results it provided on more than ten years of archived emails. Looks like another good pick up for Yahoo.