Google buys Metaweb (data infrastructure software)
Companies in Relationship
, Metaweb Technologies
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Consideration: not disclosed
Google acquires Metaweb Technologies, Inc. from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, LLC, Goldman Sachs Group, Millennium Technology Ventures, and Omidyar Network for an undisclosed sum. Metaweb provides Web infrastructure technology for managing data structures for application developers and publishers. The company's platform for content integration enables publishers and developers to intelligently add content from across the Web. Google acquired Metaweb in 2010 to enhance its semantic search capabilities.
July 2012 -- Metaweb is deployed in Google's Knowledge Graph and Semantic Search. The goal is provide differentiation between homographs, such as meteorological "thunder" or the NBA franchise team Oklahoma City Thunder. Knowledge Graph represents Google's attempt to not only return web pages relevant to a search, but also provide summary answers to a question the user is asking about the Golden Gate Bridge, for example.
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