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Google Me rumor suggests Google is gunning for Facebook

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(Read caption) Google Me: Google has already mastered the search game. Now a fast-moving Web rumor has Google going toe-to-toe with Facebook.

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Would Google really be so bold as to take on Facebook in the social networking game? And would the search giant actually brand its nascent network "Google Me"? That's the gossip whipping wildly around the Web this afternoon, and although Google reps have declined to comment, many leading tech blogs have begun to openly speculate against a Google and Facebook cage match (no holds barred).

The rumor mill began churning over the weekend, when Digg founder Kevin Rose posted a tweet identifying the purported Google social network by name. "Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon 'Google Me', very credible source," Rose wrote. A handful of Twitter users picked up on the news on Sunday, and by today, the fevered speculation had reached the front page of Google News.


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