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Topic: Acquisitions

Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last year to improve Siri - report

04/03/2014, 01:04 pm

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.

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Apple in talks for $479M stake in Japanese chipmaker Renesas SP Drivers - report

04/01/2014, 02:04 pm

Apple could be on the verge of bringing another important hardware component in-house as the company is reportedly working on a deal to acquire controlling interest in Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese firm that makes LCD chips for Apple's iPhone.

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Apple-acquired Burstly may be closing down SkyRocket app monetization service

03/13/2014, 10:03 pm

Less than one month after being purchased by Apple, Burstly has reportedly sent out notices to users of its SkyRocket monetization service saying the product's publishing and SDK license agreements will expire in 90 days.

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Tim Cook to shareholders: iPhone 5s & 5c outpace predecessors, Apple bought 23 companies in 16 months

02/28/2014, 03:02 pm

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook sat alone onstage as he presided over the company's annual shareholder meeting, fielding questions and detailing various aspects of his company's business. Among the topics he discussed were sales of the latest iPhone models, Apple's pace of acquisitions, and the growth of Apple TV.

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Apple acquires app testing and advertising company Burstly

02/21/2014, 02:02 pm

The latest target of Apple's recently-busy mergers and acquisitions staff is Silicon Beach company Burstly, a deal that could bolster both the iAd platform and the Xcode development suite.

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Apple's spending on acquisitions surged to $525 million last quarter

01/30/2014, 09:01 am

While investors continue to fret over what Apple plans to do with its $159 billion in cash and investments, the company is quietly spending far more than previously on its secretive acquisitions, exceeding a half-billion dollars last quarter alone.

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Apple reportedly acquires developer behind burst photo app SnappyCam

01/04/2014, 03:01 pm

Apple has reportedly acquired app developer SnappyLabs, the one-man company that created SnappyCam, a popular app that allowed users to take full-resolution pictures at 20 to 30 frames per second.

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Apple acquired digital mapping firm BroadMap, note-taking startup Catch earlier this year

12/23/2013, 03:12 pm

Two of Apple's five remaining mystery acquisitions were revealed on Monday as the acquisitions of geospatial intelligence startup BroadMap and cloud-based information organizer Catch came to light.

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Apple's Topsy purchase opens doors for social media, internal analytics tools

12/05/2013, 05:12 am

Apple's acquisition of tweet analytics firm Topsy is suggested to have all kinds of potential applications for the company, but in particular indicates both its closer embrace of social networking and its need for tools to glean meaningful value from the increasing mountains of data available to it.

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Apple buys social media analytics firm Topsy for over $200M

12/02/2013, 05:12 pm

According to a report on Monday, Apple recently spent more than $200 million to acquire Topsy Labs Inc., a social media analysis firm specializing in tracking Twitter trends.

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Apple confirms PrimeSense acquisition, deal rumored to be worth $360M

11/24/2013, 07:11 pm

An Apple spokesperson on Sunday confirmed a rumor that the company has purchased Israeli 3D sensor firm PrimeSense in a deal rumored to be worth some $360 million.

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Apple reported to buy Israeli 3D sensor firm PrimeSense for $345 million

11/17/2013, 12:11 pm

Building on rumors from July, an Israeli financial journal has reported that Apple "finalized the purchase details" on a plan to pay $345 million to acquire 3D motion and machine vision firm PrimeSense.

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Apple acquires personal assistant app Cue for at least $35M [u]

10/03/2013, 03:10 pm

Apple is said to have purchased Cue, a startup company behind a personal assistant app for iPhone which shut down just this week, AppleInsider has learned [updated with confirmation].

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Apple confirms acquisition of Swedish data compression company AlgoTrim [u]

08/28/2013, 08:08 am

Apple has confirmed the purchase AlgoTrim, a Swedish startup that specializes in data compression, in a deal that could allow the company to make services such as iTunes more efficient for mobile devices like the iPhone.

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Apple's Embark acquisition could bring transit information to Apple Maps

08/22/2013, 04:08 pm

Apple has acquired yet another mapping company, this time snapping up Embark, a move that has the potential to bring public transit information to Apple's in-house Maps app.

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Apple reportedly buys second-screen startup Matcha.tv, hints at new Apple TV capabilities [update: confirmed]

08/13/2013, 08:08 pm

According to a report on Tuesday, Apple has acquired a small startup called Matcha.tv, which provided a second-screen iOS app connected to various content outlets like cable TV, Internet streams and digital storefronts.

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Apple acquires power-efficient chipmaker Passif Semiconductor

08/01/2013, 02:08 pm

In another low-key acquisition, Apple has bought Passif Semiconductor, a California communication chip developer that specializes in low-power designs technology that could be useful in developing a smartwatch-like wearable device.

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Apple reportedly acquires public transit and navigation firm HopStop [update: confirmed]

07/19/2013, 05:07 pm

Apple on Friday has reportedly purchased transit navigation service HopStop, which also has an iPhone app of the same name, in a possible bid to bolster its own in-house mapping solution.

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Apple buys crowdsourced mapping data startup Locationary

07/19/2013, 07:07 am

As part of its effort to improve its Maps service for iOS and the upcoming OS X Mavericks, Apple has reportedly acquired crowdsourced location data company Locationary.

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Apple reportedly in talks to buy Israeli firm responsible for Xbox Kinect's 3D sensor tech

07/16/2013, 04:07 am

Apple is rumored to be in acquisition talks with Israeli development company PrimeSense, which created the range camera technology Microsoft used as a base for the Xbox 360's 3D-motion tracking Kinect sensor.

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