Well, Yahoo! threw $30 million at the iPhone app Summly and 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio and royally pissed off the hacker nation.
To understand the collective anger of hackers, you have to accept that many programmers who work in the area of creating new code for novel uses dream of being the one who’s creation become a popular device that then brings them a large paycheck.
Let’s get that out of the way now: if Summly were merely part of some new AOL-style Yahoo incubator and no large dollar acquisition was involved, no one would be screaming about it. The media coverage of Summly would be a mere fraction of what it is, today, and Nick’s teen age would be the only story hook.
But that’s not the case here because Yahoo threw $30 million at him and two of his five-person team. More at Zennie62.com: Summly: Yahoo! $30M Purchase Pisses Off Hackers