Google buys mobile social networking site Dodgeball.com
Other than having a slightly cool domain name, not sure where they are going with this one. If I understand it correctly you set up a profile, invite your friends, then when you go to bar/club you sign in and it textr messages your friends telling them where you are.
Q: Why did dodgeball sell to Google?
A: As a two-person team, Alex and I have taken dodgeball about a far as we can alone. Since we finished grad school, we've been trying to figure out how to grow dodgeball and make it a better service along the way. We talked to a lot of different angel investors and venture capitalists, but no one really "got" what we were doing - that is until we met Google.
The people at Google think like us. They looked at us in a "You're two guys doing some pretty cool stuff, why not let us help you out and let's see what you can do with it" type of way. We liked that. Plus, Alex and I are both Google superfans and the people we've met so far are smart, cool and excited about what they're working on.
[edit: URL cleaned up because session ID was logging me in as someone]