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New friend for Facebook: FriendFeed

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 10:02 IST
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Facebook has announced that it has acquired FriendFeed, a startup which allows members to see what their friends are doing online and share content.

Facebook said that the 12 employees of the Mountain View, California-based FriendFeed will join Facebook and its four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

Facebook said FriendFeed.com “will continue to operate normally for the time being as the teams determine the longer term plans for the product.”

Financial details of the purchase were not disclosed.

“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor said in a statement on Monday.

“We can’t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world,” added Taylor, previously the group product manager who launched Google Maps.

Another FriendFeed co-founder, Paul Buchheit, said Facebook’s engineers had created “simple, ground-breaking ways for people to share, and we are extremely excited to join such a like-minded group.”

Buchheit, another former Google employee, was the engineer behind Gmail and is credited with coining Google’s motto of “Don’t be evil.”

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