Liz Gannes

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Google Buys Automated Friend Manager Katango

Google has acquired Katango, a start-up that analyzed Facebook friend lists to generate lists of related people so that users could better segment their social networks. Since Katango launched, both Google+ and Facebook have introduced similar functionality (though not as automated as Katango), so an acquisition by Google seems like the best possible outcome for the start-up, which had raised $5 million from Kleiner Perkins.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald