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Twitter buys Cambridge-based Bluefin Labs

Twitter has made its second large Cambridge acquisition in just over a week, buying social television analytics company Bluefin Labs. If, as critics occasionally charge, “Boston doesn’t get social,” social is at least getting Boston.

Business Insider originally broke the story yesterday afternoon, and this early evening Twitter confirmed the news in a blog post.

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“We believe that Bluefins’ data science capabilities and social TV expertise will help us create innovative new ad products and consumer experiences in the exciting intersection of Twitter and TV,” wrote Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s chief operating officer. “This acquisition reflects our commitment to the social TV market.”

And it’s apparently a commitment that runs both ways: 50 percent of the Super Bowl’s ads contained a Twitter reference, whether a pointer to a company’s Twitter account or a hashtag viewers were encouraged to follow. By comparison, Facebook had references in just 8 percent of ads, and Google Plus was featured in zero.

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The acquisition comes after the company replaced its former chief executive — MIT tenured faculty Deb Roy — with JP Maheu, an advertising industry veteran, last summer.

Roy has remained with the company as chairman while returning to duties at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The acquisition comes on the heals of Twitter’s acquisition of Crashlytics, suddenly leaving the San Francisco based company with a sizable Boston-area presence.

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