Google has bought a technology start-up, that offers customised online news streams to users, for an estimated $30m (Â£18m).
Wavii, which was launched last year, has shut down its service so the technology can be incorporated into Google products.
The Seattle-based company specialises in â€œnatural language processingâ€, which programmes computers to understand how humans communicate.
The deal follows a similar move by Yahoo in March, when itÂ bought Summly, the news summarisation app founded by 18-year-old Nick D’Aloisio in London.
Yahoo recently launched an iPhone app which included Summly technology.
Wavii chief executive Adrian Aoun said in a statement: â€œYou probably know us best for our app that takes the deluge of information streaming across the web and condenses it into fast, fun updates.
â€œWhile we won’t continue to offer this particular service, we’ll be using our natural language research at Google in ways that may be useful to millions of people around the world.
â€œTo all of our loyal Wavii users, we owe you a big thanks for all of your feedback and involvement throughout this journey. We look forward to taking our technology to the next level and delighting you with what we come up with next!â€
Wavii’s investors included PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, former Facebook executive Dave Morin, and Fritz Lanman, a former dealmaker at Microsoft Corp.
Most of the start-up’s 25 employees are expected to relocate to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The natural-language technology could be useful for Google’s Knowledge Graph, an 11-month-old feature that summarises information in boxes that appear alongside some of Google’s search results.
Wavii offered a personalised news feed to users, summarising web content related to their interests.
Neither Google nor Wavii have revealed the price of the deal, but reports suggest it was about $30m.
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