First eBay, now Yahoo!

Interesting. Nuance, a voice technology company I’ve followed for years, is suing Yahoo! over 13 Nuance engineers who were hired away to work on voice-based applications. Nuance claims they are stealing confidential information about a new service Nuance was building.

What’s intriguing to me isn’t the lawsuit, but the fact Yahoo! is staffing up aggressively in this area. The company bought Dialpad, a VOIP company, several months ago, and it has VOIP capabilities in Yahoo! Messenger. Like eBay, which bought Skype, Yahoo! has some unique assets that could position it to deliver innovative voice-based applications, beyond basic voice calling over the Net. Keep your eyes peeled.