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Google Buys Online Tool Firm

The move will pad the search giant's Web service offerings.


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announced Tuesday that it had acquired


, a 27-person startup that makes popular online collaboration tools known as wikis.

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Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based JotSpot currently counts 30,000 paid users at 2,000 companies, and another 300,000 people use the company's more limited but free service.

The JotSpot acquisition will further Google's efforts in the emerging Web-based applications and services space. Google offers Web-based email, instant messaging, calendar and spreadsheet, and acquired Upstartle, the maker of Web-based word processor Writely, earlier this year.

"As we built the business over the past three years Google consistently attracted our attention. We watched them acquire Writely, and launch Google Groups, Google Spreadsheets and Google Apps for Your Domain," wrote JotSpot CEO Joe Kraus on Google's blog. "It was pretty apparent that Google shared our vision for how groups of people can create, manage and share information online."

Kraus, the founder of once high-flying search engine Exite, said that "joining Google allows us to plug into the resources that only a company of Google's scale can offer, like a huge audience, access to world-class data centers and a team of incredibly smart people."