Google acquired two tech companies to enhance its Chrome browser and its social network, Google+: Katango and Apture, Inc. Released as an iPhone app this summer, Katango manages users' social networking contacts and automatically creates lists for targeted status updates. Founded in 2007, Apture devised a browser extension that enables automatic searches of words on webpages, as well as a white-label service for content companies.
As part of the agreement with Google, Katango employees will join the Google+ team to work on its Circles feature, specifically contributing their knowledge of automation technology. The Katango app has been removed from the Apple App Store. Apture also ended its existing business, instead joining Google Chrome developers to enhance users' search and browsing experience in Chrome.
Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal.