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Google's away with the LabPixies

Google has expanded its empire with the acquisition of Israeli outfit LabPixies, a developer of widgets used on iGoogle, Android and the iPhone.

The Pixies say they started the company "to help our users express themselves in a fun and creative way and personalize their online experience."

The outfit says it was one of the first to create gadgets for iGoogle "Working at Google will help us scale to more users as well as giving our team greater opportunities," it reckons.

Google won't say what it paid for to acquire the firm. The firm intends to buy up a couple of companies a month until the cows come home.