Google buys Jaiku. What confuses me is that Jaiku is far from being as popular as Twitter — even if it’s more functional. There has to be some kind of bad blood between Ev Williams and Google preventing a deal.
There will be inevitable comparison’s with Google’s acquisition of Dodgeball, which largely came to nothing, but it would appear that the time for social networking and blogging via mobile has come. Google’s ability to add scale and marketing muscle to Jaiku should be putting Twitter on the back-foot right now.