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Topic: Acquisitions

Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for undisclosed sum

12/11/2017, 12:12 pm

Apple on Monday confirmed that it has purchased popular service Shazam, an app that listens for and identifies songs. It was rumored that the deal was for about $400 million, but no official sale price was given.

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Apple close to buying music identification service Shazam, report says

12/08/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple is reportedly in late stage talks to acquire Shazam, a popular content recognition and identification app that is currently rounding up investments as it moves toward an initial public offering.

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Apple reportedly buys podcast search engine creator Pop Up Archive

12/05/2017, 09:12 am

Apple is said to have bought Oakland's audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the audiosear.ch podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company's own podcast service.

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Apple's next NeXT: how buying Beats launched a sneak attack on the future of sound

11/30/2017, 05:11 pm

When Apple announced it was acquiring Beats in 2014, lots of critics scoffed and some even suggested the purchase was evidence that Tim Cook was just grasping at straws, with a good measure of racist-tinged denigration of the value of the LA-based music firm on the side. Why was the most valuable, competent and profitable tech company on earth prepared to spend $3 billion--by far the most it had ever paid in an acquisition--to get Beats?

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Apple reportedly acquires Canadian AR headset startup Vrvana for $30M

11/21/2017, 07:11 pm

Amid rumors claiming Apple is working on a branded augmented reality headset, a report on Tuesday claims the tech giant has bolstered its AR hardware team with the purchase Canadian startup Vrvana.

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Apple may have bought camera sensor firm InVisage for better low-light iPhone images

10/25/2017, 01:10 pm

Apple has bought out camera sensor firm InVisage, a blog post and extended evidence suggest, potentially paving the way for future iPhone cameras that perform better in low-light environments.

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Apple acquires wireless charging specialist PowerbyProxi

10/24/2017, 07:10 pm

Apple on Wednesday local time announced the purchase of PowerbyProxi, a small New Zealand-based firm specializing in wireless charging technologies based on the Qi wireless standard.

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Apple acquires "dark data" specialist Lattice Data for $200M

05/13/2017, 03:05 pm

In its latest buy, Apple has paid around $200 million to acquire Lattice Data Inc., a specialist in using machine learning to process "dark data" to efficiently build structured data sets that can be analyzed.

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Apple's confidence, acquisitions strategy stand in the way of large takeovers

02/15/2017, 10:02 am

Apple has been unable to pull off large acquisitions because it often feels it doesn't need to, but also because of its hesitant approach to the process, a report suggested on Wednesday.

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Editorial: Why Apple ignores so much pundit innovation advice

02/13/2017, 02:02 am

Pundits are confounded by how Apple seems to ignore all their great ideas, but the company's strategy appears to be working out rather well on its own. Here's a look at why Apple has done so well while disregarding three major themes of Toxic Innovation Advice, pertaining to acquisition targets, obvious feature requests and commodity hardware.

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Apple still acquires 15-20 companies per year, Cook says no size is too large to consider

01/31/2017, 05:01 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that his company's ambitions as far as acquisitions continues apace, with no acquisition apparently too big or too small for the company to consider from a strategic standpoint.

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Rumors of Apple team-up with e-ink keyboard maker appear to spring from single, questionable source

10/19/2016, 09:10 am

Rumors have been flying that Apple is considering teaming up with a company building customizable keyboards with individual E-ink keys, but the claims, including alleged "confirmations," appear to spring from a single report that may be little more than self-promotion of an upcoming product.

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Apple acquires machine learning and AI startup Turi for $200M, report says

08/05/2016, 04:08 pm

Apple has reportedly purchased Turi, a small Seattle-based startup specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence technology for a purchase price of around $200 million.

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Apple admits to Imagination Technologies talks, declines takeover bid

03/22/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple on Tuesday acknowledged having held discussions with British graphics processor design firm Imagination Technologies, but the iPhone maker has reportedly chosen not to attempt an acquisition -- for now.

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Apple acquires facial recognition, expression analysis firm Emotient - report

01/07/2016, 01:01 pm

Apple has reportedly acquired Emotient, makers of artificial intelligence software that analyzes facial expressions to determine the subject's emotional state.

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GoPro shares surge more than 10% after Apple acquisition speculation

12/11/2015, 10:12 am

Shares of action cam maker GoPro jumped 16% on Thursday after market analysts speculated that the company may be an acquisition target for Apple.

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Apple confirms acquisition of motion capture firm Faceshift

11/24/2015, 09:11 pm

Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.

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Apple acquired 15 companies this year, but the identity of 6 remain a mystery

11/11/2015, 04:11 am

Over the past 12 months of Apple's fiscal 2015 (ending in September), the company "completed 15 acquisitions to enhance and accelerate our roadmap for products and services," noted its chief executive Tim Cook in the company's quarterly earnings call. However, the identity of only nine of these are known, and some of those haven't been confirmed.

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Apple enhances Siri team with purchase of VocalIQ, a car-focused British speech tech firm

10/02/2015, 03:10 pm

Natural language processing firm VocalIQ, a U.K. company with a particular interest in voice control within automobiles, has reportedly been acquired by Apple, in a likely attempt to bolster its voice-driven personal assistant Siri.

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Rumor: Apple acquires real-time motion capture firm Faceshift

09/04/2015, 05:09 pm

A report on Friday claims Apple has potentially purchased Faceshift, a Swiss firm working on real-time facial motion capture animation through proprietary markerless technology.

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