Zynga Buys Flock Browser

Flock, the six-year-old Redwood City, CA, startup behind the Flock social Web browser, has been acquired by San Francisco-based social gaming juggernaut Zynga. Flock CEO Shawn Hardin announced the deal in a blog post Wednesday. Funded by Bessemer Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, Catamount Ventures, Fidelity Ventures, and individual investors, Flock attempted to popularize the concept of a Web browser with built-in hooks to social networking and media sharing services, but it lagged far behind other alternative browsers such as Opera in market share. It’s not clear what Zynga intends to do with Flock’s technology—Hardin said only that “Our team will help Zynga in achieving their goal of building the most fun, social games available to anyone, anytime—on any platform.” The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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