Yedda, a social answers service, announced that it has celebrated its first anniversary with AOL since its acquisition in 2007. Coupled with that announcement, the company released its most popular queries of 2008. It determined that the most inquired topics of the year were the presidential election, and the "Zac Effron vs. Robert Pattinson hotness" debate. President Obama's 30-minute infomercial spawned 1,800 answers, while Sarah Palin's nomination speech collected 1,880 responses. The favorite movie of the year, based on Yedda's findings, was The Dark Knight.
Time Warner unit AOL announced early Monday morning that it has acquired Yedda, a question-and-answer start-up that was founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2006. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition, according to a release from AOL, was all about Yedda's code: the patent-pending semantic technology "automatically matches questions to other related questions and topics, while selecting the best available users to answer the question." Yedda-powered features are set to begin appearing on AOL's sites over the next few months.
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