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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Google Buys Jaiku announced they’ve been acquired by Google. The Helsinki-based company was founded in early 2006 and, in their own words, is an “activity stream and presence sharing service that works from the Web and mobile phones.” “Presence sharing” means your friends know where you are & what you’re up to by looking at their cell phone using Jaiku’s service.

Jaiku is the second mobile-based company Google snapped up in the recent weeks, after the acquisition of Zingku. Jaiku sounds very similar to Zingku in what they do on cell phones, too. So why did Google acquire Jaiku? Jaiku puts it this way:

Activity streams and mobile presence are important areas where we believe Google can add a lot of value for users. Jaiku’s technology and talented team are a great addition to Google’s current application and mobile teams.

Jaiku is invite-only at this time, but you can still request an invitation.

[Thanks Stefan2904 and Mark!]


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