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Google Inc buys start-up, eyes Twitch deal: reports

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

Google Inc on Monday confirmed that it has bought a start-up specializing in helping employees using their personal smartphones or tablets securely for work.

The acquisition comes as modern lives increasingly involve connecting to the Internet while on the move and workers use their smartphones or tablets to take care of business.

However, the Internet titan declined to comment on reports that it is working on a billion-dollar deal to add game play streaming star Twitch TV to YouTube.

Divide said on its Web site that it will be part of the team devoted to Android software that Google makes available free to mobile gadget makers, but neither company disclosed terms of the deal.

Divide combines technology in mobile devices and in the Internet “cloud” to help companies protect systems and data as workers use mobile devices on the job as part of what is referred to as a bring-your-own-device lifestyle.

Meanwhile, US media reports of Google aiming to buy Twitch come with a boom in online viewing of real-time video game or computer game play as “e-sports” attract growing crowds as spectator events.

Asked about reports of the talks in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, Google said it did not comment on rumors.

Console maker Sony Corp made an alliance with Twitch in 2012 to let gamers broadcast online and made the feature one of the selling points of its PlayStation 4 model.

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