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Google Buys Product-Design Company Gecko for X Projects

Google Inc. is acquiring Gecko Design Inc. to add product-design capabilities to its research lab.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Gecko, which is based in Los Gatos, California, will join Google’s X lab, the startup said on its website. The company helps design products for clients including Hewlett-Packard Co., furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. and wearable-device provider Fitbit Inc., according to its website.