Google has acquired Apture, a start-up that brings instantaneous search to content on the web.
Apture developed Apture Highlights, a browser extension that aims to plug what it calls the “search leak,” which occurs when a user is reading content, wants more information about a keyword or phrase and then opens another browser tab to search for the information on Google, Bing or Yahoo. For content publishers this isn’t ideal—it means the user has disengaged and left the page.
Apture Highlights enables you to highlight any word or phrase on a page and instantly bring up in a window search results from more than 60 sources including YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and more for extra context around content. The browser add-on is available for Chrome, Firefox and Apple’s Safari browsers.
The ten-person Apture team will be joining the Google Chrome team to improve user experience. Google says that Apture’s plug-ins and white-label technology will be shut down within next month or so.
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