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Google snaps Jaiku, Another web 2.0 company

Google is on an acquisition roll. The search giant has purchased Jaiku for "an undisclosed sum", according to Internetnews (opens in new tab).

Jaiku is a micro-blogging which lies somewhere between Twitter and P0wnce and is particularly good at allowing registered users to update their "jaikus" via their mobile phones.

With Google's Gphone release rumoured to be just a few weeks away, Google might be looking to do some spread betting by acquiring a number of "cheap" companies hoping that at least one of them is THE killer application for the Gphone platform.

Leading Tech commentator, Tim Oreilly, explains in one of his posts on his Oreilly radar blog (opens in new tab), why he's so hooked on Jaiku.

As Mr Oreilly nicely puts it, Jaiku is "a mobile company in the business of creating smarter presence applications.

Far from being a runner up behind twitter, they are a leader in a category most people haven't fully grasped yet."

It seems though that Google considers Jaiku to be a real bargain and will not suffer the same fate as Dodgeball (opens in new tab), a mobile social networking website company that Google acquired back in November 2005 and which has faded into oblivion.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.