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Google Buys 3D Desktop UI Designer Bumptop

Wellington Financial LP, a privately-held bridge financing & venture debt fund, has announced that Google has acquired Bumptop, a Canadian-based 3D desktop user interface designer.

Although the exact terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed, observers posit that it must have been around $40 million, with venture capitalists having invested up to $3 million since the company launched back in 2007.

Bumptop was founded by Anand Agarawala, who remains the company's CEO, and launched its flagship application, BumpTop Pro earlier this year for Windows and Mac platforms.

The company however did send an email to its customers saying that there will be no longer downloads or product support by the end of this month and those unhappy can seek a full refund.

How Google will integrate Bumptop remains to be seen. We expect to see it in Android OS where it will be the ideal UI for something akin of a Google Tablet. This is the fifth acquisition by Google in the month of April, after Episodic, Plink, Agnilux and Labpixies.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.