Liz Gannes

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Google Buys Mobile Customer Feedback Start-Up

Google has acquired TalkBin, a customer feedback system for local businesses, as was first reported by TechCrunch. The five-month-old company was only founded as part of Y Combinator’s winter batch, so this is a ridiculously early exit. There are many similar start-ups, including Skweal and Tello.

From what I can gather on LinkedIn and Quora, the team is two young guys from Yale and UC Davis (Michael Ma and Sunny Dhillon) and a Harvard Business School CEO with experience at Bosch and Sears (Qasar Younis). Dhillon had previously worked at Google as a software engineer, but only since graduating college in 2010. The TalkBin crew will work with Google’s mobile and local teams in Mountain View, the companies said.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik