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Google snaps up data-sharing app

AFP-JIJI

The startup behind popular smartphone apps for sharing contacts, pictures or other data by “bumping” smartphones together announced Monday that it has been bought by Google.

Bump Technologies co-founder and chief David Lieb did not disclose terms of the deal bringing his team into the Google fold but leaving its popular Bump and Flock applications available to users. The technology website AllThingsD reported the deal was worth between $30 million and $60 million.

The Bump application lets smartphone users easily share data by gently knocking knuckles while holding devices.