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Google Buys Virtual-Currency Start-Up

Tech giant may be working on a full-fledged social gaming product

Google has purchased a virtual-currency software company called Jambool, adding to recent acquisitions to it social-networking stable.

Terms of the deal were not revealed, but was estimated at around $70 million.

The start-up manufactures a product called Social Gold, which lets other sites build virtual-currency infrastructures. Google runs its own PayPal-like transaction platform, Google Checkout, and may have been looking for a virtual-currency system to complement it.

The announcement comes a week after Google acquired Slide, a social-media company founded by PayPal veteran Max Levchin.

Google also has invested in social-gaming giant Zynga and may be working on a full-fledged gaming product of its own.

Read more at CNET.