Viadeo, a France-based social network, has plans to launch an innovation laboratory in San Francisco, California, after buying local start-up Pealk using money from its $32m round raised last year.

Pealk built a people search application for business network LinkedIn but Viadeo’s purchase will see Pealk’s super search service rebuilt for Viadeo.

Boris Golden, Pealk’s co-founder and chief executive, will head up that activity and also lead the company’s Viadeo Labs team, based in San Francisco.

LinkedIn itself opened its own incubator…

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