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Google buys Remail, nears On2 deal

Mobile e-mail company Remail is joining forces with Google, which means the end of its iPhone application. And On2 shareholders approve Google's increased offer for their company.

Google snapped up Remail on Wednesday, and the first thing it did was to cut Remail's ties with Apple's App Store.


That's a pretty big hint as to what Google has in mind for the technology behind Remail, which developed an e-mail search application for the iPhone. Founder Gabor Cselle announced his decision to rejoin Google, where he worked on Gmail, on his personal blog, saying "reMail's goal was reimagine mobile email, and I'm proud we have built a product that so many users find useful."

Still, that product is going away. It's no longer on the App Store, and Remail will stop providing support for it after March, Cselle said. The obvious implication is that Remail's technology is destined for either Android or Gmail, and although Google has its own iPhone application, its track record with Apple on mobile is a bit checkered.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google has made several acquisitions of late, after slowing its pace last year amid the economic downturn.

And it's getting close to making another one, after On2 shareholders approved Google's sweetened offer to acquire their company. Google originally proposed to acquire the company in August, but was forced to increase its offer to $133.9 million based on Google's share price in December. A Google representative said the deal won't formally close until Friday at the earliest.