Today Google has acquired SlickLogin, a startup that allows you to use sounds as a replacement for your password or two-factor authentication system. The startup has only been around for a few months, and the acquisition is said to be worth "several million."
SlickLogin has confirmed the acquisition on its site:
Today we`re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way. Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free – and they’re working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn’t be more excited to join their efforts.
There is still no word on how Google may use this technology. The three man team of SlickLogin is seen as an acquisition-hire rather than a buyout of the company's intellectual properties and patents.