Google has acquired Gapminder's Trendalyzer software. Google informs, “Trendalyzer generates moving graphics and other novel effects in the display of facts, figures, and statistics in presentations.”
The Google blog further reports:
Gathering data and creating useful statistics is an arduous job that often goes unrecognized. We hope to provide the resources necessary to bring such work to its deserved wider audience by improving and expanding Trendalyzer and making it freely available to any and all users capable of thinking outside the X and Y axes.
Catch the discussion on WebmasterWorld Forum.