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Topic: Acquisitions

Apple officially acquired NeXT 23 years ago, changing everything

02/07/2020, 01:02 pm

Most college students today have only known Apple as the fashionable, popular, commercially competent, and trend setting global technology giant it is today. However, 23 years ago Apple Computer, Inc. was struggling to survive while trying to sell Macs in a PC world centered around Microsoft Windows. Things began to change after Apple acquired NeXT in a surprise deal that was announced in the last week of 1996 and was completed on February 7, 1997.

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Apple nixed Xnor.ai's involvement in Pentagon's Project Maven following acquisition

01/29/2020, 11:01 pm

Apple reportedly directed artificial intelligence startup Xnor.ai to cease work on U.S. Department of Defense initiative Project Maven after it acquired the company in January.

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Apple acquires machine learning startup to improve iPhone photos

12/12/2019, 06:12 pm

According to a report on Thursday, Apple recently acquired Spectral Edge, a UK-based startup focused on improving smartphone photography through machine learning technology.

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Apple acquires motion capture firm IKinema [u]

10/03/2019, 06:10 pm

An unsubstantiated report on Thursday claims Apple has acquired UK-based firm IKinema, a specialist in real-time procedural animation and supporting technologies.

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Jamf buys Mac security outfit Digita Security, Patrick Wardle in tow

07/31/2019, 09:07 am

Apple device management platform Jamf on Wednesday announced its takeover of Digita Security, a firm that employs noted researcher Patrick Wardle and specializes in endpoint security for Mac-based businesses.

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Apple in 'advanced talks' to buy Intel's mobile modem business

07/22/2019, 06:07 pm

Apple is allegedly in "advanced talks" to pick up Intel's smartphone modem business, ready to pay $1 billion or more for associated patents and workers.

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Apple reportedly in process of acquiring self-driving shuttle company Drive.ai

06/05/2019, 11:06 pm

Apple is reportedly in the process of acquiring once-promising self-driving shuttle firm Drive.ai in a deal that will bolster the tech giant's own autonomous vehicle initiative with seasoned engineers and segment experts.

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Apple buys asthma-monitoring startup Tueo Health

05/24/2019, 04:05 pm

Apple has reportedly bought Tueo Health, a startup that was developing asthma-tracking technology for use with sleeping kids.

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Tim Cook says that Apple has bought 20 to 25 companies in the last six months

05/06/2019, 10:05 am

Apple is now typically buying a company every two to three weeks, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview during Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting this weekend.

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Apple allegedly paid $485M to acquire Texture, the core of Apple News+

04/10/2019, 01:04 pm

Apple paid at least $485 million to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service it acquired in early 2018 and absorbed into Apple News, it has been alleged, with the size of the purchase indicating how much the iPhone maker valued the service's technology and potential.

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Apple promotes former M&A chief Adrian Perica to VP of corporate development

04/03/2019, 06:04 pm

Apple on Wednesday updated its organizational chart with the addition of former mergers and acquisitions boss Adrian Perica, who now serves as the company's vice president of corporate development under CEO Tim Cook.

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Apple pays $5.6M to acquire Italian app backend startup Stamplay

03/21/2019, 12:03 pm

Apple is rumored to have acquired Stamplay, an Italian startup that aims to simplify cloud-based development of apps for businesses, with Apple believed to have paid around 5 million euros ($5.6 million) for the company.

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Mac accessory vendor OWC acquires Thunderbolt 3 enclosure maker InXtron

03/19/2019, 10:03 am

OWC has confirmed it has acquired InXtron, a case manufacturer formerly known as Macpower Peripherals, a purchase that could enable the Mac hardware retailer to further increase its offerings relating to docks and external enclosures for use with Mac desktops and MacBooks.

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Apple confirms buyout of machine learning startup Laserlike

03/13/2019, 03:03 pm

Apple on Wednesday confirmed its recent takeover of Laserlike, a Silicon Valley startup that applied machine learning to content discovery.

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Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal worth below $100M, report says

02/15/2019, 05:02 pm

As part of a larger push into voice recognition and artificial intelligence technology, Apple has reportedly agreed to purchase PullString, a San Francisco startup focused on the development and publication of voice apps for Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and "internet of things" hardware.

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Apple reportedly acquires digital marketing firm DataTiger

02/14/2019, 05:02 pm

According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus.

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Apple acquires A&R startup Platoon with focus on new & emerging artists

12/07/2018, 07:12 am

Apple has reportedly acquired the talent-scouting and development startup Platoon, a firm set up in the UK by Saul Klein and Denzyl Feigelson, with the latter formerly an Apple executive responsible for the popular iTunes Music Festival.

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Apple reportedly acquires AI startup Silk Labs

11/20/2018, 08:11 pm

Apple is broadening its reach into artificial intelligence with the acquisition of Silk Labs, a startup focused on the development of on-device AI technology, according to a report Tuesday.

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Leap Motion passed on multiple $50M acquisition efforts by Apple because of founders' attitudes

10/31/2018, 11:10 am

Apple was close to acquiring augmented reality startup Leap Motion earlier this year, its second attempt to buy the firm, but a report claims the deal fell through days before it was due to close, with the company's co-founders' opinions of Apple likely to have caused the purchase to fail.

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Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'

10/16/2018, 10:10 am

Music analytics startup Asaii was not acquired by Apple, a report claims, with the iPhone producer said to have performed an "acquihire" for the three founders rather than buying the entire company's assets as previously reported.

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