Delicious buys Aussie expertise

Australian link-saving start-up will be integrated into after being purchased by AVOS Systems, the company created by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, but the integration will come at a cost.

With AVOS purchasing, Dong appears to have received his wish, after he and co-founder Tim Bull spoke with Hurley and Chen.

It became clear from the first discussion with’s founders that our visions for the future of bookmarking and discovery were closely aligned, said Hurley. Their technology and insights will accelerate link-saving and searching capabilities in Delicious.

However, the acquisition has come at a cost for Bull and Dong.

As part of the deal, will be discontinued, with the site immediately closing its new sign-ups and its existing users being given two months to migrate their links to other services, including Delicious. In addition, since Bull and Dong will be working full-time on Delicious, they will have limited time to spend on support for their former users. Especially since they also dedicate their time to numerous other projects they are involved in or giving back to the start-up community — Bull currently helps run a meet-up group on big data and analytics problems called Data Melbourne and is a mentor for PushStart and AngelCube — via

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