Google reportedly buying mobile social network Zingku

Latest purchase by search giant follows acquisitions of Dodgeball and Grand Central.

Looks like Google is acquiring Zingku, a site that offers a social network for mobile users. "We've entered into an agreement to have Google acquire our Zingku service," the site says.

Zingku

A Google spokesman confirmed the news: "I can confirm that we acquired certain assets and technology of Zingku. We believe these assets can help build products and features that will benefit our users, advertisers and publishers. Aside from that, we have no plans to announce at this time."

The move is only the latest on Google's part in the mobile space. In 2005, Google bought a social-networking service called Dodgeball that links people up through text message. The company hasn't really done anything with it yet. Then in July, Google , a company that allows people to merge all their phone calls into one number.

And Google in April, in addition to offering maps and Web-based local search on mobile devices.

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