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Yahoo buys another mobile start-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo has bought another Silicon Valley mobile start-up as chief executive Marissa Mayer tries to create more compelling products for smartphones and tablet computers.

Tuesday’s acquisition of OnTheAir follows Yahoo’s recent purchase of a mobile start-up called Stamped. In both cases, Yahoo was drawn more by the engineering talent working at the start-ups than the services that they have been offering.

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Yahoo Inc., which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., did not disclose how much it paid for OnTheAir, of San Francisco.

The service enables users to hold online video chats in a talk-show format. Yahoo did not say whether it intends to continue OnTheAir’s service.

Yahoo is in the process of closing Stamped’s service, just six weeks after announcing that deal.

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