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Google buys US firm Postini

Google has agreed to acquire communications security company Postini for US$625 million in cash.

Google has agreed to acquire communications security company Postini for US$625 million in cash.

US-based Postini offers solutions including email security, instant messaging security, web security and message archiving, which can be used to protect a company's email and other web-based communications.

The internet search engine said the acquisition, which comes just five days after its purchase of web-calling service firm GrandCentral Communications, would enable it to strengthen its position in hosted services.

Under its Google Apps banner, Google offers a range of hosted applications including Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Docs & Spreadsheets.

The deal is expected to close by the third quarter of 2007.

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