Acquisition

Burstly, maker of TestFlight app testing platform, acquired by Apple

Burstly, the company behind popular mobile app testing platform TestFlight and in-app ad manager SkyRocket, has been acquired by Apple. According to TechCrunch (and noticed by our comrades over at Android Central), some odd behavior has come out of Burstly over the past few days.

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Apple acquires mobile media and data compression firm AlgoTrim

Apple has acquired AlgoTrim, a developer of data compression technology based in Malmö, Sweden, according to a new report by Swedish industry news service Rapidus. The report says that AlogTrim's CEO and head of development Anders Holtsberg has moved to Silicon Valley and is now available through Apple's switchboard, according to TechCrunch.

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Apple acquires Matcha.tv, a video search and recommendation service

Apple has been no stranger to acquiring smaller companies with desirable technologies, and the latest reports suggest Cupertino has now snapped up Matcha.tv. Once an iOS and web app, Matcha.tv offered its users a search and recommendation service for video that covered multiple providers including iTunes, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but mysteriously shut up shop back in May. Now, according to VentureBeat, we know why:

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Apple reportedly in talks to acquire Primesense, company behind the original Kinect sensor

Apple is reportedly in talks to acquire Primesense, an Israeli company perhaps best known for their work on the original Xbox Kinect sensor alongside Microsoft. The tabled figure from Cupertino is a cool $280 million, and follows the visit of Apple representatives interested in using the company's technology.

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Rest in Peace: Great apps killed by an acquisition

Acquisitions are part and parcel of the modern life of app development. For differing reasons, large companies have a habit of buying up smaller app developers. Sometimes -- take Instagram as an example -- the app in question lives on as its own separate entity. Others, like Snapseed, lose their apps on some platforms, but remain on others. And then, there's those that get killed altogether. So, lets take a look together at some of those apps which have gone the way of the Dinosaurs.

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Yahoo! buys Tumblr, and the CEO promises not to screw it up

Having been much rumored in recent days, today came the official announcement that Yahoo! had in fact closed a deal to acquire Tumblr. The deal is reported to be worth a cool $1.1 billion in cash, and CEO Marissa Meyer said her piece:

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Mailbox acquired by Dropbox

New email app Mailbox, which was launched by Orchestra last month, has been acquired by Dropbox. In a post on the company’s blog, the Mailbox team said that this acquisition was about accelerating growth for Mailbox.

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Evernote buys Penultimate, will keep it as standalone app, put it on other platforms

Evernote, makers of the widely popular note-taking and idea management apps for iPhone, iPad, and pretty much every platform you can think of, have bought Penultimate, one of the premiere hand-written note-taking apps on the iPad. Evernote will be keeping Penultimate as a separate app, however, and will be moving to push it out to other platforms as well.

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Apple acquires Chomp, set to revamp search and discovery for App Store apps

Apple has acquired Chomp, a search and discovery app for the iPhone that helps users find the best-of-the-best apps in the App Store. Apple plans to utilize Chomp's proprietary algorithms and technology to improve discoverability and user experience, presumably both on the mobile and desktop versions of the App Store.

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Apple completes acquisition of flash memory company Anobit

Apple has reportedly completed the purchase of NAND flash memory maker Anobit.

Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said today that the purchase had been made, while declining to elaborate. The statement confirmed a December report from in the Israeli newspaper Cacalist.

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