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Google in talks to acquire Meebo, says All Things D

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Google may be in talks to acquire Meebo.

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Meebo began life in 2005 as a browser-based instant message app and since then has morphed through several iterations, offering products like smartphone IM apps, a content sharing bar for websites, chat rooms, and most recently a service that recommends stories based on an "interest profile" you build up by clicking a custom bookmarklet. One of those many products (or, just as likely, the team that built them) seems to appeal to Google, as All Things D reports that the search giant is in talks to acquire Meebo. Apparently the price is said to be a cool $100 million, though neither company is commenting on the rumored deal. If the buyout goes through, we suspect the users of Meebo's free IM apps on smartphones will want to consider switching to another app — acquisitions have a way of shortening the shelf life of products that duplicate the functionality of the parent company's own apps.