Google snaps up virtual tour company
Google’s relentless consumption of bright young technology companies continues apace, with the search giant reportedly about to snap up video manipulation company Quiksee.
Quiksee is a location-based interactive video platform that lets end users quickly create virutal tours of real world places, “allowing your friends to fully explore your places in a unique virtual environment that’s just like being there,” according to the company.
The user-created tours can be placed online with Google Maps to show off a property to friends or potential buyers, and can also be inserted into Facebook and MySpace pages.
Google plans to buy the company for about $10 million, according to reports in Israel’s The Marker financial newspaper. The report suggests the firm’s technology is regarded as the missing link in Google’s Street View.
The news comes after Google bought up six companies last month alone, with a keen interest in social networking.