Report: Google Developing Facebook Rival

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Google has been talking to companies that make social networking games. Games like Farmville, which is played within Facebook, draw tens of millions of players a month and are potentially lucrative for the sites that host them. Earlier this year, Google unveiled a networking service called Buzz, but critics complained about privacy concerns.

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GONYEA: Google is reportedly developing a social networking site that could rival Facebook. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google has been talking to companies that make social networking games. Games like "Farmville," which is played within Facebook, draw tens of millions of players a month. They're also potentially lucrative for the sites that host them.

Earlier this year, Google unveiled a networking service called Buzz, but critics complained about privacy concerns. This could be the company's second try, though today's report gives no details on when Google might launch the new offering.

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