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Google Acquires Jaiku

Google Acquires Jaiku

Google adds another notch on its belt and has recently acquired, Finland-based mobile social-networking provider Jaiku.

The Helsinki, Finland firm founded early last year by Jyri Engestrom and Petteri Koponen and has often been compared to the popular Twitter service based out of the US.

Google, however, has not annouced any plans for the newly acquired company. On its corporate blog, Google states, "We plan to use the ideas and technology behind Jaiku to make compelling and useful products. Although we don't have definite plans to announce at this time, we're excited about helping drive the next round of developments in web and mobile technology".

Jaiku has posted the following message on its website:

Wonderful Jaiku users,

Exciting news, Jaiku is joining Google!

While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you'll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have decided to close new user sign-ups for now.

But fear not, all our Jaiku services will stay running the way you are used to and you will be able to invite your friends to Jaiku. We have put together a quick Q&A about the acquisition.

Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders

Question is, what will Yahoo do? Will they let Google play in this market alone, or is Twitter in Yahoo’s sights?


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