Google Tries Freebasing

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Google acquired Metaweb Technologies, the San Francisco startup behind collaborative database Freebase, the company announced today.

Freebase is freely editable by anyone, like Wikipedia, but is structured as a database. Google says it will maintain Freebase as a free and open product, but it sounds as if the acquisition is mainly about stregthening the team behind Google’s own semantic search efforts.

There’s also a heartwarming story within this news: Goldman Sachs is an investor in Metaweb, which raised $57 million in two venture rounds before the acquisition.

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