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Update: Right on schedule, Google has now formally announced its acquisition of Slide. On the company’s oficial blog, David Glazer says:

For Google, the web is about people, and we’re working to develop open, transparent and interesting (and fun!) ways to allow our users to take full advantage of how technology can bring them closer to friends and family and provide useful information just for them.

Slide has already created compelling social experiences for tens of millions of people across many platforms, and we’ve already built strong social elements into products like Gmail, Docs, Blogger, Picasa and YouTube. As the Slide team joins Google, we’ll be investing even more to make Google services socially aware and expand these capabilities for our users across the web.

Original Article: TechCrunch is reporting that Google has agreed to acquire game company Slide, which makes games like SuperPoke Pets, SPP Ranch, Top Fish, SuperPocus Academy of Magic, FunSpace, Top Friends, and SuperPoke. The price? A reported $182 million.

The publication says the deal isn’t supposed to be announced until Friday, so I’m guessing we’ll have more details then.

Google buying a game company is not exactly a surprise. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google was in talks with three more game companies – Playdom, EA’s Playfish, and Zynga.

Slide - Acquired by Google?

There has been a lot made of Google’s plans to take on Facebook in the social media space (beyond the company’s existing products), and games have been expected to be at least one part of the strategy. An acquisition like this would appear to confirm this, as Slide’s games are already present on Facebook.

It will be interesting to see just how far Google is going to take this gaming initiative – how many acquisitions in this space the company will make.

TechCrunch reported earlier that Google’s Vic Gundotra has taken the lead in Google’s social media strategy. I suspect that Android and Google TV will play heavily into the company’s plans – they are certainly a couple of weapons that Facebook doesn’t have.

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    Google is not the same anymore. What they can’t buy is user confidence. Google is the new Microsoft. Their FB version will fail just like most of their stunts. I will never leave FB for Google. All my friends are there. It’s like starting over. No thanks.

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    So it looks like Google is looking to getting into gaming. I wonder if they will get serious with it and make a cloud console or something. Also it seems these days Google is just buying up every body, every few day or so it’s like I read a tech site and it say’s Google just bought So and So.

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    Google keeps acquiring one company after the other. Finally there will be only one company left on the whole of the internet – Googlenet

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    After buying Youtube (Video Uploading and Sharing) now Google is inclining themselves into gaming. This is not a bad idea since Google has a good reputation in innovation and improvement. They also have the financial capability to do this that is why people will not doubt them if ever this will come out in the market soon. Hopefully they will catch the attention and interest of most people who have gaming as one of their hobbies. This article is really great because it doesn’t only show that Google is still rising up but it also shows that Google can also engage into gaming.

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    The luxery problem of big companies, is that they have to remain being big and will do anything to keep it that way.

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    I think Facebook is the future search engine. Time to time…

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    How far Google … They know that Facebook is growing fast and have many games, and is the only one who fears Google … and now can compete with google facebook

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    I think google have a good marketing, and if they buy this company i am sure the company will be the best

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    Google have the best services, they have google maps, gmail, google.com, buzz, android,youtube…. and all of them free…… how many campanies gives you all that services , free?

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    Does Google know what has happened to the players on Slide? If not here is what has happened…..

    Slide has restricted a lot of players on Slide SuperPoke! Pets because of a glitch that Slide let go on for 3 days. Now anyone with multiple items are restricted to a one player game. They can not communicate whatsoever with their friends on SPP. They can’t contribute to a COMMUNITY game. It wasn’t they players fault for the glitch. Slide banned/restricted players and mislead them when doing so. They never asked questions and have not given answers to many questions put to them. Does Google want to really be a part of this?

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    The Internet giant wants to expand its field of action, or rather want to own the internet, apparently. this is a sign that Facebook is giving a blow and Google tries to defend.

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    It is clear that Google dominates the market in the network, but facebook is slowly gaining ground, now in second place after google and see what happens in the future, but things are looking good for google

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