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Feedburner is in the closing stages of being acquired by Google for around $100 million. The deal is all cash and mostly upfront, according to our source, although the founders will be locked in for a couple of years.
The information we have is that the deal is now under a binding term sheet and will close in 2-3 weeks, and there is nothing that can really derail it at this point.
I never did understand why people would use the service, since with proper caching you can serve you own RSS feeds just as easily, but I guess that's why they are having the payday of a lifetime and I'm not.
I think it's a great move, not only for Google, but for RSS in general. The awareness of RSS tomorrow will become what Mp3 has today.
The feedburner subscriber count has become the industry standard in subscriber counts.
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[edited by: Marcia at 1:06 am (utc) on June 4, 2007]