Feeds

Google munches mobile game builder

Feast of social startups

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Google has snapped up yet another "social" startup. This week's purchase — not to be confused with last week's — is SocialDeck, an outfit that builds mobile games.

As noticed by Inside Social Games, SocialDeck announced its purchased with a post to its home page. "We're super excited that someone found our social games as fun as you have — in this case, that 'someone' is Google," the post reads, before saying that the company was started with the goal of "connecting friends through social games on all kinds of exciting new mobile devices. We've been amazed and humbled by all the stories."

The company has launched several titles for the iPhone and the Blackberry as well as for Facebook — not a mobile device, of course, but a social network that can be used on mobile devices. SocialDeck says its social-gaming platform enables simultaneous game play across multiple mobile devices and social networks.

Last week, word arrived that Google had snapped up Ångströ, an outfit that built all sorts of apps that hook into "social" sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. And in July, it nabbed Jambool, a company that builds applications for social networks involving virtual currency and virtual goods, and Slide, another social-app outfit.

In February, Google acquired Aardvark, a social-search business, and it has invested about $100 million in Zynga, which builds games for Facebook and other social sites. Google boss Eric Schmidt says that a partnership between Zynga and Google is on the way, though he did not confirm a report that Google is building a game-happy answer to Facebook known as Google Me. Google's previous forays into social networking — which the company must see as an important means of collecting user data and serving targeted ads — haven't achieved much success. Think Orkut. And Google Buzz. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?