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I just found out via C.C. Chapman on Twitter, but it would appear that Jaiku has been purchased by Google!

This from the Jaiku FAQ today:

Jaiku is joining Google. While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, we have decided to close new user sign-ups for now.

But fear not, all our Jaiku services will stay running the way you are used to and you will be able to invite your friends to Jaiku. We have put together a quick Q&A about the acquisition.

Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen, Jaiku Founders

I guess Leo Laporte was right to bet on Jaiku back when he made the switch. I’ll have to take a second look at the service, since it’ll likely be pitched at me within the next couple months in the form of Google’s new social networking initiative (yeah, bet on that!).

@sugree had an interesting observation: zingku+jaiku = google phone. It’s a thought, and it is clearly related to the gPhone. Don’t think it’s the totality of it though, by a longshot.

Registration to Jaiku is currently closed, but you can request an invitation from the Jaiku site.

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