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Kaboodle gets funding

Investors in free collaborative research site include former Google scientists and investor, others.

Kaboodle, a free ad-supported service that lets people do collaborative Web research, was set to announce on Monday that it has raised $3.55 million in Series A funding from investors, including former Google-related scientists. Investors include: early Google advisor Dr. Rajeev Motwani, a Stanford University professor who co-authored the research paper behind Google's PageRank algorithm; Ron Conway, an early investor in both Google and Ask Jeeves; Georges Harik, former director of new products at Google, such as Gmail and Google Talk; Kanwal Rekhi, a managing director of Inventus Capital Partners; Ashish Gupta, the founder of Junglee, one of the first comparison shopping engines acquired by Amazon.com; and investors Shea Ventures, Garage Technology Ventures and Alpha Group, among others. Kaboodle enables people to create pages of Web links, photos and discussion on specific topics and share them with others.