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Twitter buys Boston startup, Spindle Labs, its third local acquisition this year

(FILES) Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco
(FILES) Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco AFP/Getty Images

For the third time this year, social networking giant Twitter Inc. has acquired a young Boston area technology start-up.

The San Francisco company confirmed Wednesday that it bought Spindle Labs Inc., which was founded in 2010 by three former employees of Microsoft Corp.’s New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge. Spindle launched an app last year to let smartphone users discover social media updates from nearby stores, restaurants, bars, or museums using their phone’s location technology.

Twitter would not disclose terms of the deal. Spindle had already raised $2.3 million from venture capital firms such as Waltham’s Polaris Partners.

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“By joining forces with Twitter, we can do so much more to help you find interesting, timely, and useful information about what’s happening around you,” Spindle said on its website on Wednesday.

The Boston company plans to relocate to San Francisco as part of the deal and will phase out its app that has been available in several major cities including Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. According to its website, Spindle has 9 employees based in the Innovation District.

Earlier this year, Twitter bought Crashlytics and Bluefin Labs , both located in Cambridge, to form its East Coast headquarters in Kendall Square.

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