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Metaweb acquired by Google

Metaweb, a company that offers the integration of information from databases to other sites, just announced its acquisition by Google. This has been confirmed on the official Google blog.

This has been done to improve the performance of its search engine. The Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The director of product development, Google, Jack Menzel, the official blog of the group said, “By working together we want to improve research and making the Internet a richer and more meaningful for all.”

Metaweb, is San Francisco company which was founded in 2005 and supported by Goldman Sachs and particularly the fund Benchmark Capital, manages a database of “more than 11 million items: movies, books, television, celebrities , places, companies etc., “says Google. It sells its services to websites to make them “richer and more attractive, allowing them to give to” a simple way to access external information from reputable sources like the New York Times or Twitter.

Menzel said the database, called Freebase, Google will help answer tough questions. “Google and Metaweb plan to maintain Freebase as a free and open database for the world.”

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