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[qi:012] Breaking: Google (GOOG) has bought Jaiku, a Finland-based mobile IM and presence company. The news just broke, where else, but on Jaiku. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The details of the deal are on the Jaiku blog, and the company has put […]

[qi:012] Breaking: Google (GOOG) has bought Jaiku, a Finland-based mobile IM and presence company. The news just broke, where else, but on Jaiku. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The details of the deal are on the Jaiku blog, and the company has put up FAQ for current users. This is indeed good news for the small Jaiku team, and another piece of the Google Phone Puzzle.

Activity streams and mobile presence are important areas where we believe Google can add a lot of value for users. Jaiku’s technology and talented team are a great addition to Google’s current application and mobile teams

At first glance, this is an excellent acquisition on the part of Google. OK, time for me to sit down and start making sense of all the Google acquisitions in the mobile and VoIP space.

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  1. Excellent news!

    Wonder if we’ll see Jaiku built into the rumoured GPhone? ;)

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  2. [...] coverage here and here. It’s cool to know that the guys we got as speakers at the Hej! 2007 conference early this [...]

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  3. these guys deserve it. definitely.

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  4. [...] Update 2: Om Malik over at GigaOM has posted some thoughts as well [...]

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  5. Wow, this is a very exciting development. I am looking forward to the potential integration points across the GOOG portfolio. A number of synergies immediately come to mind.

    Even more exciting, though, is what this means for this mode of communication. My only complaint is that I have been a dedicated Twitter user. Maybe time to switch platforms?

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  6. [...] Besides the mandatory Techcrunch and Gigaom coverage, Read/Write Web has a brief but interesting take on this as well. All of Twitter is lit up [...]

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  7. Google validates Twitteresq conversations with Jaiku acquisition

    Remember Leo Laporte switching from Twitter to Jaiku because the former was too much like the name of his podcast? Seems like #1 Twitterer at the time (now that honor probably goes to Scoble) switched to the right camp with today’s news.
    Saw firs…

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  8. “…time for me to sit down and start making sense of all the Google acquisitions in the mobile and VoIP space…”

    I think what’s driving their thinking is… “what improvements can we make to the phone experience without cooperation from the carriers.”

    They’ve learned from the Apple-AT&T arrangement (especially given the Google-Apple connection at board level). The lesson is that carrier integration is messy and takes a long time. (And it doesn’t get less messy after you launch.)

    Google will still be making carrier deals for the GPhone but they want to make sure they don’t need the carriers off the bat. The ideal situation for the Google Phone is that it’s great on its own, but AWESOME with carrier integration.

    So… from GrandCentral they get inbound call management (routing and filtering). DIDs can be handed out to users without any carrier assistance.

    From Jaiku and Zingku they get mobile messaging and presence apps that work well “off-deck” – i.e. no carrier assistance.

    Also from those two, they get teams that are good at the nuances of designing mobile UIs that people like. (It isn’t easy.)

    Next they need to buy Soonr for mobile-desktop integration.

    Then they need to buy FonCloud for smarter outbound calling. Of course, we have to launch it first :-).

    • Shai

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  9. startingtoday Tuesday, October 9, 2007

    Ok, so, WHAT does Jaiku do??

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