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Google buys social-networking service





yupeng
update Google has acquired social-networking service Dodgeball, as it continues its expansion beyond search.

Dodgeball posted a notice on its site, saying it was acquired on Wednesday. The note did not reveal financial details but did say that Dodgeball's two co-founders are "Google superfans."

Google spokesman David Krane confirmed the buyout Thursday, but did not give further details.

Dodgeball's service helps members link up with friends and acquaintances using text messages sent to phones.

Through acquisitions and its own research and development, Google has expanded far beyond its beginnnings as a search company, offering e-mail applications, photo management and blogging tools, among other features. The expansion has led many to question how far the company expects its reach to extend.

Google has already begun dabbling in the social networking field, launching its Orkut service last year.
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Quote:
Google Inc. Wednesday launches a free citywide municipal wireless network for its hometown of Mountain View.

The online search company said in a briefing Tuesday that the $1 million network spans virtually all of the 12 square miles of Mountain View and will not require advertising support. Google officials hope the free system will build momentum for other municipal Wi-Fi networks around the country and show they are viable and effective.

Chris Sacca, head of special initiatives for Google, said the Internet portal, which is also partnering with Earthlink to build a citywide Wi-Fi network in San Francisco, has no plans to build other municipal Wi-Fi networks beyond these two initiatives.
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yupeng wrote:
update Google has acquired social-networking service Dodgeball, as it continues its expansion beyond search.

Dodgeball posted a notice on its site, saying it was acquired on Wednesday. The note did not reveal financial details but did say that Dodgeball's two co-founders are "Google superfans."

Google spokesman David Krane confirmed the buyout Thursday, but did not give further details.

Dodgeball's service helps members link up with friends and acquaintances using text messages sent to phones.

Through acquisitions and its own research and development, Google has expanded far beyond its beginnnings as a search company, offering e-mail applications, photo management and blogging tools, among other features. The expansion has led many to question how far the company expects its reach to extend.

Google has already begun dabbling in the social networking field, launching its Orkut service last year.


Gr8, google is expanding its services.
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