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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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