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Google buys Angstro to challenge Facebook

08-30-2010 13:36 BJT

BEIJING, Aug 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Google said Sunday it had acquired internet company Angstro, an effort to build a social-networking service that can effectively compete with Facebook.

Angstro is a small organization with a few products including Noteworthy News, a service that delivers news about people and companies in a user's professional network.

The acquisition was first announced on Angstro's website in a post by company founder Rohit Khare.

In the post, Khare said he would continue Angstro's mission, which is to sort information about individuals found on the Web, in his new role at Google.

The post also noted that Angstro's products included apps to discover new photos on Facebook, improve Caller ID by using LinkedIn profiles and create a real-time social-address book.

The move is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Google to bolster its social-networking offerings, an area where it has lagged behind Facebook and other sites.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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