Google Buys Brazil Firm to Set Up Latam R&D Center

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Web search leader Google Inc. said on Wednesday it had bought Brazil’s Akwan Information Technologies, which it will use to set up a research and development center for Latin America. The small Brazilian firm develops information search systems for companies. The terms of the deal were not released.
“Akwan’s team, technology and products are an excellent complement to our efforts to offer the best search experience to our users and partners in all the world, in every language and every country,” Google’s vice president for engineering, Alan Eustace, said in a statement.
The deal comes almost one month after Google opened a sales office in Brazil, where its products are extremely popular.

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