Google it seems is on a little bit of an acquisition streak at the moment. First up was the Magnolia Broadband patents and now the news has broke on the fact they've started the acquisition of the social startup, Meebo. As noted on the Meebo blog:
We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!
For more than seven years we've been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.
We've had a blast building Meebo so far and we're really excited to start the next leg of our journey.
The acquisition had been rumored for quite some time now, with All Things D having shed light on the subject before any official announcement. Google has confirmed the Meebo team will be working with Google+ but how much Google paid for Meebo is still a mystery at the moment. It'll be interesting to see what comes from this one over time, let's just hope it doesn't involve some weird toolbars.