Quite a busy week for Google
Google Inc., in a move that highlights its growing interest in social networking, said it had agreed to acquire Mechanical Zoo Inc., which operates a free question-and-answer Web service called Aardvark.
Aardvark's technology analyzes a user's question to determine what it is about and then searches through the questioner's network of friends to find the best person to answer via instant messenger or email.
Mechanical Zoo, which was founded in late 2007 by two former Google employees, is based in San Francisco and has raised about $7.5 million in venture capital.
Aardvark, whose Web site is vark.com, had about 90,000 users as of October.
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