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A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in June.

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Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech giants don't care about what the small companies were producing. They just want the engineers.

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