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Google Buys Jaiku

9:15 AM -- Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has snapped up Finnish startup Jaiku for an undisclosed sum, which adds to the growing heap of mobile application companies it's acquired recently. (See Google Buys Zingku.)

Jaiku is a microblogging platform with social networking features that lets people stay connected to friends via their mobiles. The application is similar to Twitter.

So, when is Google going to knit all of its mobile activities together –- the phone, the spectrum, the mobile portal, the m-payment patent, and of course, mobile advertising, just to name a few? (See Google Eyeing UK Broadband?, 3G G-Phone, G-Phone, No Strings, Google: Thinking Bigger Than Phones?, Google Moves on M-Payments, Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy, Sprint & Google: Max Headroom, Google's $5B Broadband Bid, and Femtocell Startup Pockets $25M.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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