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Topic: Acquisitions

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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Apple buys streaming analytics firm Asaii to bolster Apple Music recommendations, report says

10/15/2018, 01:10 am

According to an unconfirmed report published Sunday, Apple recently purchased music analytics startup Asaii in an effort to further refine Apple Music recommendations and better integrate with up-and-coming artists.

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Apple brings iPhone power management in-house with $600M Dialog Semiconductor deal

10/11/2018, 06:10 am

Apple is investing a total of $600 million to license patents, purchase assets and transfer employees from Dialog Semiconductor, a European chipmaker and existing business partner that entered Apple's supply chain with the first iPhones a decade ago.

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Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities

10/10/2018, 09:10 am

Apple has reportedly bought a Danish startup called Spektral, which specialized in real-time separation of objects in photos and videos for a "green screen" effect.

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Apple completes deal for music identification service Shazam

09/24/2018, 11:09 am

While Apple's full plans for Shazam aren't entirely clear, the company announced on Monday that the deal for the music identification service is complete, and the app will go advertising-free soon.

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EU gives thumbs up to Apple's takeover of music discovery service Shazam

09/06/2018, 09:09 am

European Union regulators on Thursday gave the go-ahead to Apple's acquisition of Shazam, by far the world's most popular music recognition app, already integrated into Apple's Siri voice assistant.

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Apple expected to get full EU approval for takeover of music discovery service Shazam

08/22/2018, 01:08 pm

When it decides later this month, the European Union will likely give Apple's Shazam buyout unconditional approval, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

04/23/2018, 12:04 pm

The European Commission is investigating the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple, with competition concerns lengthening the time it will take for the regulator to approve or deny the purchase of the song recognition service by the iPhone manufacturer.

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Apple hires away tech team from SVDS, potentially to improve enterprise business

01/19/2018, 02:01 pm

Apple has reportedly hired a number of employees away from startup Silicon Valley Data Science, providing roles to members of the firm's technology team, including co-founders and the CEO, with the move potentially made to help Apple improve its partnerships with enterprise customers.

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Apple looks to simplify development of iPhone apps with acquisition of Vancouver-based Buddybuild

01/02/2018, 03:01 pm

Developer support service Buddybuild announced that it has ben acquired by Apple, where its personnel will join the Xcode team in creating developer tools for iOS apps.

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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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