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Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA, have provided funding to a company that monitors all the noise on the web looking for connections between people, groups and events, according to Wired.
Recorded Future monitors traffic on Facebook, Twitter, news sites, blogs and other sites to help companies connect the dots between people, places and events. (Credit: CNET News)
The company, Recorded Future, offers a Temporal Analytics Engine for predictive analysis, allowing people to "visualise the future, past or present".
In addition, In-Q-Tel and Google Ventures both have seats on the board Recorded Future and have been "very helpful", providing advice to the start-up, chief executive Christopher Ahlberg, an ex-Swedish Army ranger, told Wired in an article last week.
The amount of the investments is undisclosed, but it was less than US$10 million each and was given in 2009, the article said.
This may be the first time Google and the CIA have funded the same firm, but it's not the first time they've worked together. Google has sold servers to intelligence agencies and reportedly sought aid from the NSA after it was targeted in attacks it said originated in China. In-Q-Tel also had provided backing to Keyhole before Google acquired the mapping company to use in its technology in Google Earth.
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