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Internet companies on a buying spree

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In the last 10 days or so, the big Internet players went shopping.

Google picked up two companies. The search major acquired: Apture and Katango.

Apture provides in-page search technology and Katango builds algorithms for sorting automatically sorting connections.

MailRank is a two-man companywhich does sorts mails based on user priorities. Facebook snapped it up. Amazon did bag one as well. Yap is a company that handles text to speech in what is seen as a bid to compete with Apple Siri. And not to be left behind eBay capped the week with its own acquisition of online recommendation engine, Hunch.

So the moral of the story is if you have an idea that tried to leverage an existing mega players services and offer a new tangential service, better make it look good. Dollars can flow to you.


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