The KikScore technology and certain assets of it has been acquired by Google, recently. The Washington DC and Denver-based, KikScore is popular for providing online trust seals for small businesses. The company has told that their service will no longer be available to customers after June 28, 2012. They gives advice to customers to check out the ‘Google Trusted Store’ product as an alternative to the KikScore service. Currently, KikScore has served globally 1700+ small business customers. Google and KikScore did not provide any information about the acquisition financials.
Google Trusted Store program was launched last October which was specially designed to provide businesses and dealers with online legal seals of approval that help shoppers to identify, if they can be trusted. The sealed businesses strictly follow the shopping and customer service guidelines. Free purchase protection service has also been provided by Google that helps consumers to resolve billing, shipping or return problems.
Google Trusted Stores also focuses on e-commerce transactions.
Google not only buys KikScore technology but also it gets control of its all major patents.