Zynga buys social browser Flock, Skype buys mobile video firm Qik

Social game developer Zynga, best known for turning millions of office workers into virtual farmers, has bought Flock, a social web browser firm.

Flock was founded in 2005, but it was only with a major update in 2009 that it made headlines. In May 2009 it released a big update that changed the browser so it could be based on Chromium, Google’s open source web browser project, and it added social networking right into a sidebar. Since then it has claimed 10 million users.

It’s no surprise then that Zynga would be interested in it, what with its original growth being on Facebook. Having social networking built straight into the browser allows social gaming to be similarly built in, although we’re not so sure about the security involved.

Financial details of the acquisition were not revealed.

Skype also made an acquisition announcement, signing a buyout agreement with mobile video software firm Qik.

The Qik software is available for multiple mobile platforms, including Android, iPhone, Blackberry,  Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. It allows real-time video sharing, as well as video archiving.

Qik was founded in 2006, with operations in the US and Russia. It currently has 60 employees, who should be joining Skype’s growing video-conferencing division. 

The addition of Qik software to Skype should enable the latter to add recording, storing and sharing abilities to its existing video call offering, including the group video call feature it added in May of last year.

With an estimated 40 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls involving video it’s no surprise that Skype is investing more in this area.

The deal is expected to close by the end of this month. Financial terms were not disclosed.