"Acquibill” (acquire/acquisition + kill) is a term used among tech startups. A larger company might not like the competition, so it acquires the startup and then kills its product. “He wrote about Facebook trying to acquikill his startup App.net with App Center” was cited in print in December 2012. “Fun neologism: ‘acquikill’” was cited on Twitter on March 19, 2013.
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In fact, Dalton Caldwell called this strategy “formulaic” in a post he wrote about Facebook trying to acquikill his startup App.net with App Center.
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Two, if you treat your customers right, they’ll treat you right. Unlike some services that get acquikilled, we didn’t just shut down and delete data without warning.
Fun neologism: “acquikill” as in “in a post...about Facebook trying to acquikill his startup” http://bit.ly/nHmS7E See also: Dodgeball
5:07 PM - 19 Mar 13
Yahoo makes an “acquikill” Yahoo Buys Summly — Paying $30M To Kill The App, But Keep Its 17yo Founder http://buff.ly/YbbpgL
5:52 AM - 27 Mar 13
you’ve heard of acquihire now it’s time for acquikill (probably happens a lot) http://allthingsd.com/20130403/disney-shuts-down-lucasarts/ …
1:01 PM - 3 Apr 13