Google Acquires Team From Funf Creators Behavio

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Update: Google says it's just the team joining Google, not an acquisition.

Google has apparently acquired Behavio, which received a fair amount of attention at SXSW last year. The startup produced FunF, an "open sensing" framework for Android.

This is described as "an extensible sensing and data processing framework for mobile devices...the core concept is to provide an open source, reusable set of functionalities, enabling the collection, uploading, and configuration of a wide range of data signals accessible via mobile phones."

GigaOm confirmed the acquisition with Google, though says Google objected to the term "acquisition" simply electing to indicate that the team would be joining Google.

Behavio has posted the following message on its site:

We are very excited to announce that the Behavio team is now a part of Google! At Behavio, we have always been passionate about helping people better understand the world around them. We believe that our digital experiences should be better connected with the way we experience the world, and we couldn't be happier to be able to continue building out our vision within Google.

We would like to thank all of you who have followed and supported us and our work over the past few years -- from academia, through our open source project, and into our work at Behavio. In addition, we would like to express our appreciation to the Knight Foundation as well as the organizers and judges of the SXSW Accelerator, who believed in our vision and in us, and gave us the push that started the wild and amazing ride of the past year. Finally, thanks to all of you who have given us your advice, your support and, most valuably, your time.

In the comings days we will be shutting down our closed alpha program. Going forward, we will continue to maintain the Funf open source project, and look forward to working on exciting things within Google.

-The Behavio Team

Chris Crum
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