Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) has purchased Flutter, a startup that develops gesture-recognition software.

The San Francisco-based target detects simple hand signals via webcam, using them to control applications such as iTunes and Netflix. Google reportedly paid $40 million for the company.

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