Tony Hsieh, Product Manager at Google today confirmed that they have concluded a deal to aquire Jaiku.
Jaiku.com is a social networking and micro-blogging service similar to Twitter based for mobiles.
Tony commented - "Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it's more difficult to keep track of everyone when they're running around at warp speed.
That's why we're excited to announce that we've acquired Jaiku, a company that's been hard at work developing useful and innovative applications for staying in touch with the people you care about most -- regardless of whether you're at a computer or on a mobile phone".
Google as yet have not outlined which direction that they want to take Jaiku but the staff look to have moved into the Google team.
A delighted Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders commented on their site "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."
This venture onto mobile from Google comes hot on the heals of another mobile acquisition; that of Zingku on the 2nd October 2007; as Google seem intent on acquiring knowledge in mobile arena.
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